There is one part of Silver Linings Playbook that I find to be more important than the rest. It’s when Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character Patrick states his desire to forget the grievances of his past, find his “silver lining,” and reach “excelsior.”
Pat basically states that he seeks for happiness, which is similar to the central idea of my last post—about how heroes should work hard to triumph over their obstacles. Pat is a hero of great determination, who tries to go beyond the boundaries of his mental illness to find love and solace. More importantly, Pat’s goals fulfill what I believe to be the entire purpose of life itself: to find ways to change and become a better person.
All of us pay special attention to a superhero’s powers because, to put it simply, powers define them. This is what has happened ever since the release of Marvel’s latest (and final) Iron Man 3trailer. There is a particularly awesome scene when Tony Stark calls in “backup,” which consists of a freaking army of Iron Man bots. It’s reasonable to say that a ton of excitement emanated (perhaps verbally) from each viewer upon seeing this scene. However, does this fleet of robots with potentially unlimited power make Iron Man more of a hero? I don’t think so. Continue reading →