Adams on Reel Women: Jennifer Lawrence, Sienna Miller, and Newcomer Alicia Vikander Take the Hamptons
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Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Does Lawrence, 22, still have to prove she's got major acting chops after shooting "Hunger Games" to megahit status and earning an Oscar nomination for "Winter's Bone?" I'm calling time: She will get another nomination, and possibly a win, for Tiffany, a guilt-stricken police widow with a penchant for revealing TMI. In David O' Russell's most crowd-pleasing comedy, she lures the bipolar hero Pat (Bradley Cooper), fresh out of a mental hospital and still shaky, back to life and love by recruiting him as her partner in a local ballroom dance competition.
Lawrence vibrates with life from every pore as a manic pixie dream girl who makes the hero whole again. But while I hate to kick the tires of a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed, there's a bit too much formula in how Lawrence's wacky character completes the fractured male lead. Also, the use of a dance competition to bring the movie to its rousing Dancing with the Stars conclusion is a bit too neat. I miss some of Russell's edge, the messy bits, like the crazy Greek chorus of sisters in "The Fighter," or the scene when Christian Bale's addict leaps out a second-story window to avoid his mother. Still, I can't hate Russell because he breathes life into a screwball Hollywood comedy, a film that deservedly won the Audience Award at this week's Hamptons -- and proves that Lawrence has got game for those few remaining skeptics who weren't entirely convinced by her Katniss Everdeen.
Sienna Miller in "The Girl"
While Julian Jarrold's chamber drama about the fraught relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and model-turned-actress Tippi Hedren (Miller) will air on HBO on October 20, it made its world theatrical premiere over the weekend with Miller and Jones in attendance. Set during the filming of two Hitchcock classics -- "The Birds" and "Marnie" -- the movie can be seen as a rare drama about the pernicious effects of sexual harassment in the movie industry and beyond. Here's the story of this beautiful woman (and single mum) plucked from the many platinum blondes of '60s Hollywood to become the leading lady in films by the famous director Alfred Hitchcock. Made it, Ma -- but being Hitchcock's current muse has its price.
As horrifying as the re-creation of the scene of birds pummeling Hedren in an attic is, the backseat-of-the-limo sexual assault scenes are almost equally frightening in their psychological horror. Here is this woman who has no power other than her looks and morals fending off the director as he swoops from his side of the seat to hers to plant the least romantic of kisses.