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.
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.