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Blu-ray Review: There’s No Silver Lining For Bradley Cooper And Jennifer Lawrence In SERENA - Movies In Focus
It’s third time unlucky for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s latest cinematic collaboration, Serena. It may have all the necessary elements to make a sweeping romantic drama but Susanne Bier’s film lacks the requisite spark to make it entertaining. Cooper is George Pemberton, the owner of a struggling timber company in North Carolina. Things take an upward turn when he meets and marries Serena (Lawrence) but things turn sour when a variety of complications upset their happiness. Those expecting Cooper and Lawrence to project the same energy they had in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook will be very disappointed. Those David O.Russell films suited their fast-talking delivery but Beir’s film lumbers the pair with stilted delivery and a languid pace. They’re perfectly suited to starring in late 20th Century/21st Century productions but seem out of place in this 1930s set tale. Cooper and Lawrence aren’t necessarily bad, just miscast. Bier, who had much more success with her last film, the quirky Pierce Brosnan starrer, Love Is All You Need, never gets a grip on the material. She doesn’t seem to get the focus on Christopher Kyle’s script (and adaptation of Ron Rash’s tale) and the film’s many plot elements [...]