Lovesick

When I typically partake in a movie double feature — like I did Sunday — I vary the genre. A comedy paired with a thriller. A romance with a drama. A documentary followed by a sci-fi.

But yesterday?

I double downed on romance. Figured these two particular films were so completely different, they couldn’t possibly overlap.

Shows what I know.

Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro.  Lawrence and Cooper are crazy — as in, he just got out of the hospital and she probably needs one — and end up being just what the doctor ordered for each other.  DeNiro is also crazy.

Pretty much all of us are a little crazy, right?  That’s why this movie works.  It’s funny and it’s real and it manages to work in a reference to Dancing with the Stars….how can it miss?

Imagine how surprised I was to find Anna Karenina much the same.

Clearly the costumes are much better.  (Cooper wore a garbage bag for much of Playbook.)  And director Joe Wright placed his actors on an actual stage for many scenes, which I found brilliant but distracting.

But Anna and her oh-so-good-looking lover are indeed crazy.  Most of the people in the story are varying shades of crazy, too.  And there is a long scene of ballroom dancing that is also integral to the storyline.

But alas, no silver lining.

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