Saturday, February 20, 2016
Joy by David O. Russell, 2015 (PG-13)
with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco
A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.
Joy... What a journey. What a great story of overcoming your fate and being curious beyond what people think and say. Knowledge is power. Attitude is power. Still with all this, it is not an easy path. All these success story we read about sometimes miss the most important step. The one where people fail, collapse. Because then comes the moment to stand back on your feet, and move forward. Jennifer Lawrence is really convincing as the overwhelmed matriarch. De Niro, Rossellini and Röhm are the wonderful negative forces that always surround you, the voices that tell you you cannot do it, you have to give up. They are so fantastically performing you hate them. And it is good to see Dascha Polanco in something else than Orange is the New Black.