“Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing.”
Joy is a biopic film that chronicles the life of inventor and business woman Joy Mangano, focusing on the time in the mid nineties when she invented the self-wringing mop.
Jennifer Lawrence was perfect to play Joy. Lawrence was able to portray Joy as a strong and spirited woman even when her whole world seemed to be crumbling at her feet. Joy struggled through a failed marriage with two kids, all the while dealing with her lazy and negligent soap opera addicted mother and hard-headed father. Through all of this, however, she manages to stay vivacious and invent ingenious items that are still used in households today. Lawrence gets every emotion Joy has just right; from heartbreak and anguish to creativeness and, yes, joy.
Robert De Niro plays Rudy, Joy’s father and delivers, yet again, another wonderful performance. All the acting was very good and in my opinion this was Jennifer Lawrence’s best performance yet. She received her fourth Oscar nomination for her role and it was definitely merited.
David O. Russell, returning for the third time to direct Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, creates a film with just the right amount of laughs, heartwarming moments and tearjerking scenes. There was something different about Joy, something that I can’t quite put my finger on but something that stood out to me. It’s unlike most films released in this day and age; a welcome breath of fresh air.
I enjoyed the soundtrack which includes classic songs by artists like The Rolling Stones, Nat “King” Cole and Bee Gees. I loved Michael Wilkinson’s costume design that put Joy’s character in very realistic yet stylish clothing like simple button downs as well as fierce leather jackets and aviators.
The cinematography and production design create a light and almost dreamlike feel to the movie that reflected the title Joy.
Critics bashed Joy, calling it a “mirthless” and “joyless” film and David O. Russell’s worst. I, however, thought it was an excellent movie with an extremely interesting (and mostly true) story that I enjoyed every minute of. It’s a hugely human story of struggle, hard work and love with a strong-willed, smart and independent entrepreneur female lead. It made me laugh and cry and truly inspired me. Contrary to popular opinion, I think that Joy is a fun, interesting, well made, inspiring and joy-filled movie.
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