In October, the novel Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick came out to rave reviews. But before it was even released, the author’s wildest dreams had already come true. Silver Linings Playbook had been optioned to become a movie. We authors dream of our books coming to the screen with super stars like Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro portraying our beloved characters.
That’s exactly what happened for Quick. I haven’t read the book yet, but I can attest that the movie is fantastic. It’s already nominated for four Golden Globes: best movie, best actor, best actress and best screenplay. Jennifer Lawrence deserves the Best Actress Oscar buzz she’s getting in New York Magazine.
Lawrence shines as the dark, young crazy widow named Tiffany who works her butt off trying to get the even crazier boy named Pat (Cooper) to notice her. Their mental illnesses are dizzying at first, but their suffering is mixed with compassionate humor. Pat, who has just been released from an institution, tries to get his estranged wife back even though she has a restraining order against him. He’s stuck living with his offbeat parents, and his father (DeNiro) is jobless so he takes up gambling. Other subplots involve the Philadelphia Eagles football team and a dance competition. It’s all in good fun.
I just want to say it again, Lawrence rocks this movie. Just like she did in two other book-to-movie adaptations. She’s, of course, Katniss from The Hunger Games. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for playing a tough country girl named Ree in the movie Winter’s Bone (which was also a critically acclaimed novel).
If you like a little bit of wacky, and you can’t get your husband to take you to Les Miserables (that’s me, sigh), you’ll love Silver Linings Playbook.
I heard it first on this morning’s Today Show. And gossip king Perez Hilton reports the same breaking news. While The Hunger Games books are a trilogy, the story will be transformed into four movies. The last book, Mockingjay, will be broken into parts one and two. Smart move to stretch out this killer series as long as possible. We get more Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Finnick! (If they’re alive, that is. I don’t want to spoil anything.) Really, can anyone ever have enough Katniss Everdeen?
As you know, Twilight filmmakers did the same with the twin movies Breaking Dawn and Breaking Dawn Part 2. (Bella vamps up on November 16.) I’m sure it’s a money-grubbing issue, but I don’t mind. I get really into these angsty teen flicks, and I’m thrilled to drag my long-suffering husband to yet another one.
In other Hunger Game news, the character of Johanna Mason, the axe-wielding tribute from District 7, has been cast for the second movie Catching Fire. The girl who tells Katniss, “Go ahead. Try it. I don’t care if you are knocked up I’ll rip your throat out!” will be played by Jena Malone. (Sorry, Kristen Bell.) Sulky, scary Malone, best known as Gretchen from Donnie Darko, is actually kind of perfect for the part. But I’ve read a lot of blogs on the topic, and not everyone agrees.
It will be awhile before we see Malone and Jennifer Lawrence (aka Katniss) scheming in the next installment. Word is, they’ll start filming Catching Fire soon. But Finnick still hasn’t been cast! Who’s your pick for the hunky tribute? I’d kill to see Hunter Parrish go into the ring.