REVIEW: ‘Joy’ (2015)

JoyTitle: ‘Joy’
2015, USA
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez

Joy is a brilliant young woman whose dreams are constantly suffocated by her daily duties towards her family. Until the day she decides to finally pursue her ambitions to create and launch an innovative new product that will change her life forever.

Let’s be honest for a moment here. Hollywood is forcing Jennifer Lawrence down our throats. You know it’s true. Hey, I have nothing against Miss Lawrence, I actually think she’s a fairly talented actress… most of the time. But the overexposure to her persona has led me to wonder if the hype for each and every of her performances is justified.

In this particular case, I will say that – though I still believe it’s not Academy Award material – Lawrence’s performance is legitimately praiseworthy. One could remark how Joy is written a little bit like a Mary Sue, but the movie’s irony somehow manages to mitigate that feeling, and Jennifer’s likeability does the rest, with a little bit of help from the strong supporting cast.

‘Joy’ is your typical (maybe a little bit stereotypical) feel-good film, designed to please the general public’s ideal that dreams do come true, if you want it hard enough. The package is so good that I’m willing to excuse a little banality and fake naiveté.

★★★★☆

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