Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
- Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
- Robert De Niro - Rudy
- Bradley Cooper - Neil Walker
- Édgar Ramírez - Tony
- David O. Russell
What has happened to David O. Russell? He was on a roll with ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ then ‘American Hustle’ happened and now ‘Joy’. It seems as if he believed his own hype after ‘Silver Linings’ and just put the first ideas that came into his head onto film and forgot about trivial things like leaving out unnecessary vanity scenes, I’m thinking of you American Hustle and now with ‘Joy’ character development seems to have left the building.
Joy is pretty much a version of Cinderella without the midnight deadline. Her family are the Ugly Sisters and her Grandmother is the fairy godmother who whispers inspiration instead of waving a wand.
Like the fairy tale the characters are one dimensional and there is no way Jennifer Lawrence should be nominated for an Oscar for this if Charlize Theron didn’t get nominated for Mad Max. The role just doesn’t test her. Brie Larson (Room) and Blanchett (Carol) are far superior so hopefully one will beat her to it. . . but it’s Katniss isn’t it and the academy dig her quirkiness. She’s always good value for online publicity with her ‘honest’ interviews and ‘crazy’ antics. She’s so hot right now.
In summary: Another David O. Russell vanity project released just in time for awards season with a tepid one dimensional script.