tagline says, "An existential comedy", and
just as I can't tell you exactly what that means I can't really
tell you everything that makes this film so good. It's all
over the place and very offbeat but it all works somehow.
David O Russell is a wonderfully gifted and original filmmaker
that (in all his films) recalls the wit and zaniness of the
great Preston Sturges, who mastered the screwball dark comedies.
There are endless philosophical themes and issues raised here,
but what makes the film so wonderful is the the fact that
the filmmakers never take that beyond it's outrageous comedic
intentions. There's all this serious and deep thought-provoking
dialogue of philosophy and meaning, yet the films tone is
so chaotic the result is a wildly hilarious, and intelligent
film. The performances are all absolutely outstanding by the
entire cast (Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman,
Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppert), but especially terrific are
Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg. Also, Jon Brion provides a brilliant
musical score that adds an entire new dimension and emotional
depth to the film. The film can be broken down and viewed
on many levels, but is ultimately and quite simply an intertwining
of characters who through their own philosophical view points
find themselves."How am I not myself?"