4:27 pm - 02/24/2013

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos is not impressed with Silver Linings Playbook

Ahead of Silver Linings Playbook's big night at The Oscars, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos - who has been living with bipolar disorder all his life - isn't all too pleased with the film's portrayal of mental illness.

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a few more items about this @his twitter
I liked SLP a lot, but he he's obviously entitled to his opinion and I respect him so much for what he's been through <3
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veiledstar 24th-Feb-2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
It's overhyped and being promoted as some great and accurate depiction of mental illness and maybe that's what's prompting him to lash out against it.
bluecupxxx 24th-Feb-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
and cue never ending argument over if a movie is just a movie or if it is a vehicle for social understanding.

My personal feelings are that movies are both. I think the real issue is actually education, by foisting the blame onto all of Hollywood we ignore and underplay the fact that our education system is so lacking that our population gets a huge chuck of it's information from fictional forms of media. In a perfect world, movies would just be movies. In our fucked up reality movies become the way we educate our populace. =[
mementox 24th-Feb-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
I liked the movie but the book was loads better. I don't think it used mental illness as a "plot device", I actually thought it was awesome because it really humanized mental illness, it wasn't used as a joke or for a pity party... the characters were really relatable.

It kinda bugs me that lately people are quick to jump on ANY movie or tv show that involves a controversial topic. For example, people saying Zero Dark Thirty glorified torture.. I thought it was quite the opposite. Are we supposed to watch stuff that's all sunshiny rainbows and never have discussions about these topics?
nightfury 24th-Feb-2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I still cant decide if I liked this movie or not. I thought it was very weird.
iantoj 24th-Feb-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
He knows it was a book first, right?
mementox 24th-Feb-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
Probably not lol
telepathic 25th-Feb-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
lmao MTE
zoaster_toaster 24th-Feb-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
I thought SLP was okay about addressing MI up until the ending where it implies that Pat was "cured" by his love for Tiffany and then it lost me. I think David O. Russell has a problem where he wants to address and fully explore serious subjects like mental illness, substance abuse and war but feels like he's gotta adhere to happy-ending Hollywood conventions.
skonka 24th-Feb-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
There have never been happy endings IRL regarding MI?
zoaster_toaster 24th-Feb-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying there aren't, but the particular way the film wrapped itself up rang false to me.
chilli_cheese 25th-Feb-2013 01:25 am (UTC)
I did not see it that way at all. I think it was his acceptance of his bipolar and that there was no going back to his wife/marriage ("old life") that was the key point of the movie. Ofc, this coincided with him realizing he loved Tiffany, but I think it was just a way to show he was moving forward with his bipolar instead of trying to "cure" it so that he could get his old life back.
slutdrunkmystag 25th-Feb-2013 01:55 am (UTC)
I didn't see it like that, I saw it that she was someone who understood what he was going through, that they had a lot in common and that she could help him accept his illness and who he was. I liked the scene where he was judging her for being slutty, and she said that she had learned to like that, and every other part of herself. So that's what I took it as - that she helped him like himself despite the fact that he was messed up. And that's what his dad was saying to him at the end, too.
yeezy 24th-Feb-2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
SLP was so mediocre, if harvey wasnt behind it theres no way it would be getting all the awards and hype that is getting

and ia with him, halfway through the movie bradley's character starts to focus on the stupid dance competition and the mental illness plot gets pushed aside and the fact thay ended the movie with pat and tiffany being so happy as if love or (bad) dancing would make everything better!!1!! i mean imo its offensive to the people who actually live with mental disorders that theyre make it out as if ur super hot (not really) gf is gonna make it all alright, we never found out if his therapy worked (actually was he still even therapy?) is he still taking his meds and they never even addressed pat's dad ocd like.. ugh this was just such a poorly written movie and i fucking hate all the praise is getting
fatbom 24th-Feb-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
skonka 24th-Feb-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Pity all of those experts aren't as prescient as your good self.
saintssin 24th-Feb-2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
I liked the movie, but he isn't wrong.
la_petite_singe 24th-Feb-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
I agree, tbh--but once again I feel like I'm taking crazy pills (...okay, bad choice of words. I feel like the only one...) because no one, or hardly anyone, is mentioning DOR's continually questionable/shitty portrayal of female characters. >____> That stood out to me just as much, if not more.
slutdrunkmystag 25th-Feb-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I can't say that the women have stood out in his other movies to me, but I really liked Tiffany. She was the character I liked/related to the most in this movie.
celtic_thistle 25th-Feb-2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Same. I actually really liked her.
latexana 24th-Feb-2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
when it comes to recent movies that used mental illness as a central plot, I take perks of being a wallflower over slp. that said, I actually dont think slp took it lightly on the issue. it was almost to much for me to bear.
golden_train 24th-Feb-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
that movie was all over the place.
chikachika_boom 24th-Feb-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
oop wrong post

Edited at 2013-02-24 11:32 pm (UTC)
meepstah 24th-Feb-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
flawless movie
scullies 24th-Feb-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
SLP was so underwhelming to me. It had a lot of potential but the film seemed like it was trying to be ~real and ~raw without actually being realistic or well-rounded in the way it portrayed most of the characters. DeNiro's performance is the only thing that stood out to me, probably because it reminded me of my dad and the way his OCD invades all the little parts of his life and relationships and how people grow old and get attached to their illness.

I'm curious to read the book now and see how it was different.
emptyobsidian 24th-Feb-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I have a few friends with bipolar disorder who said it was actually the most accurate depiction they have seen in awhile of their lives except for the ending which they said was probably just a fantasy, but a nice fantasy. Everyone experiences bipolar disorder differently so I think it is hard to deem a depiction (well, unless the depiction is totally cheap and tacky which I don't think SLP is) totally inaccurate. Maybe inaccurate for this particular person, but he doesn't get to speak for everyone with bipolar disorder just because he has it.
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