Movie Review: Joy

As dry January is in full swing, we headed to the cinema this weekend to partake in some teetotal cinematic fun and watch the highly anticipated Joy.

David O. Rusell, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, reunites a stellar cast he has had previous success with. The film is loosely based on the life of American inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. The story spans decades of the life of a highly imaginative woman who has sacrificed her chances to advance her career in order to care for her family. The family she cares for also happens to be highly dysfunctional further compounding the sense of loss you feel for the protagonist.

 

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Hollywood’s sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence plays the title character and she is the lynchpin the whole movie revolves around. She delivers a performance that belies her relatively young years as a down-on-her luck mother of two, who throughout her struggles somehow manages to remain sane. Lawrence has the audience willing her on every step of the way as she finally takes the entrepreneurial plunge that she was destined to take. Joy proves she can roll with the punches and hold her own in very much a man’s world, going on to become a successful businesswoman investing in other startups.

There are star turns from the evergreen Robert De Niro as Joy’s charismatic, garage owning father and Bradley Cooper as the QVC executive who gives Joy her big chance on TV to sell her product. Joy is a true rags to riches tale proving that imagination, sheer guts and determination can get you through even the worst of times and take you to the pinnacle of the business world.

Let us know below if you plan on seeing Joy this month?

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