Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro
Director: David O. Russell
Length: 124 mins
Genre: Drama, Comedy
UK Release Date: 1st January 2016
IMDB Summary: Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
My Rating: ★★1/2
I went into this film not knowing a lot about it, I’m still not sure whether this was a good or bad thing. The descriptions of this movie on IMDB and Letterboxd are not particularly detailed but the trailer looked fairly exciting. In addition, the cast looked great: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro have been a successful film trio in other movies.
If I’m totally honest, I spent about 85% of this film feeling quite bored and not really sure whether I was supposed to be finding the film funny. I really didn’t, so it pains me a little to write that it is a comedy under the genre. Maybe if I had, I would have upped my own rating, but I just felt completely emotionless at the end of the film. It had no effect on me whatsoever. I didn’t feel the need to talk about it after and that’s usually a sign that I haven’t enjoyed the movie.
There’s no doubting that Lawrence is an excellent actress and she showed her talent in this movie, but for me, the storyline just wasn’t enough. I expected so much more than somebody selling a mop.
I’d be really interested to see what other people thought of this film. Here’s the trailer.