Would it be too much to ask for the subject of any shot in the film to be in focus, in frame, or unobstructed? The style isn't unfamiliar to me, but in this case the camera work detracted from rather than enhanced the story.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Man from Earth really blew my mind. In particular, I'm dumbfounded by the fact that this has an 8.0 on the IMDb with 95,000 ratings, because the movie is top to bottom shit.
In essence, a group of mediocre actors sit in a room, dressed like extras from a MacGyver episode with a production quality to match, and spew a bunch of college textbook bullshit at each other and their friend who claims to be a 14,000 year old…
I knew I would like this movie as soon as it began. I didn't know that over the course of the next two hours I would grow to love it. Silver Linings Playbook has genuine charm, and the sort of rich, complex, faulted-but -likable characters that are rare in movies. The film is hilarious at times and devastatingly, subtly sad at others.
Bradley Cooper's matter-of-fact portrayal of a bi-polar person is easily one of my favorites of the year. He's got real acting chops. And this is the best role Robert Deniro has filled in at least a decade. The man's still got it.