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Silver Linings Playbook
(2012)
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Sony Classical
(November 19th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release, initially available as a download-only product.
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Buy it... on the score-only album if you wish to hear the best material Danny Elfman wrote for this picture, the song compilation product inexplicably including the least redemptive portions of the score.

Avoid it... unless you are an Elfman completist and can justify an unsubstantial, 20-minute album with your established soft spot for his heartfelt, contemporary romance style for small, light pop ensembles.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,388
WRITTEN 12/3/12
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Silver Linings Playbook: (Danny Elfman) While domestic violence and debilitating neuroses aren't exactly the most common ingredients for a successful romantic comedy movie, David O. Russell managed to wrap them into a highly acclaimed package for 2012's rather unusual Silver Linings Playbook. A pair of mentally unstable but affable, contemporary protagonists played by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence share joblessness, personal tragedy, and a frightening range of prescription drugs, their lives in shambles but requiring the support of each other to help right their paths. While the plot isn't radically fresh in terms of its overarching "happily ever after" conclusion, the meandering avenues of neurological madness that the plot takes in guiding audiences to that ending, aided by likeable supporting performances helmed by Robert De Niro, are the subject of the movie's awards-season buzz. Surprisingly, despite the good press and the involvement of the ever-popular concepts of American football, gambling, and dance competitions, Silver Linings Playbook failed to generate substantial earnings at the box office, struggling initially to recoup its relatively meager $21 million budget. As one would expect, a fair amount of resources for the production were concentrated on the soundtrack, one expectedly dominated by song placements that translated into the predictable compilation album for adoring fans of the movie. Given the quantity of songs licensed for Silver Linings Playbook, the job of the original score is, as usual, to languish as a bridge device that struggles to achieve its own identity. While multitudes of second-tier composers have made a career of such rather mundane work, drafted into duty for this assignment was none other than Danny Elfman. Although the composer was extremely busy in 2012 (completing six scores and pulling out of one high profile movie), a quick diversion for Silver Linings Playbook is the kind of thing that appeals to Elfman's sensibilities and could be handled by the composer with ease. The same could be said about the concurrent Hitchcock, though the two short, playful scores differ in that Silver Linings Playbook relies upon Elfman's experience with small ensemble, contemporary sounds while Hitchcock falls back on his familiar orchestral comedy routines. In the case of the former, a score like 2009's somewhat obscure Taking Woodstock should serve as a basic model for what to expect from Elfman, though even he succumbs to standardized, saccharine, light pop romance material by the end of Silver Linings Playbook.

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137 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.02 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 17 4 Stars
*** 26 3 Stars
** 30 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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Review at Movie Wave
Southall - December 29, 2012, at 3:35 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 20:27
• 1. Silver Lining Titles (3:11)
• 2. Running Off (2:01)
• 3. Simple (1:55)
• 4. With A Beat (2:17)
• 5. Tiny Guitars (1:01)
• 6. Walking Home (1:04)
• 7. Silver Lining Wild-Track (2:57)
• 8. The Book (0:41)
• 9. Happy Ending (3:52)
• 10. Goof Track (1:28)

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