Joy is a pseudo bio-pic, but it’s more of a drama. The film is directed by David O. Russell and it stars Jennifer Lawrence as the titular character, loosely based on real life Joy Mangano, the self-made millionaire who invented the miracle mop. The film also stars; Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Viriginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Bradley Cooper.
The good; it’s got the David O. Russell staples, namely all the actors and actresses. All the familiar faces you’ve grown to love have reunited once again for another year end drama.
They all work well together, I can see why they keep making movies.
The story is what carries this film. The beginning of the movie is devoted to Joy’s crazy life that’s held her prisoner. You really root for her to “break-out.”
The bad; the story, let me explain since I mentioned it above. Joy isn’t a typical David O. Russell film in that the story is what drives the experience. Typically the characters and the acting is what drives his movies. Don’t go into Joy expecting that, you’ve been warned.
Overall, a very enjoyable movie, but if you’re expecting another Silver Linings Playbook and or American Hustle this isn’t it, and you don’t have to see it in the theatres to appreciate it.
The movie is based on true events with creative liberties taken on the details, don’t expect everything on screen to be fact. It’s like a painting from afar you see the broad strokes and can see the image, but when you get up close you see the texture and the brush strokes. Both convey an image and everyone in the film does a great job.