Flash Movie Review: Joy

We had worked at the same company for several years, just in different departments. They did not see their position as a long-term career because they had something else in mind. Being quite creative, away from the office they went to classes to learn a particular craft that was needed if they wanted to keep their dream moving towards reality. I saw pictures of their work; they showed beautiful images of objects and places that were familiar and easily recognizable. The difference was they created them for consumption by making them with food ingredients. Their dream was to open up a business where they could sell their creations. It took them a few years to master the art of designing everyday objects into edible sweet treats. There were baked chocolate top hats with white chocolate bands and red cherry buttons on the sides besides vanilla cupcakes that looked like a set of major league baseballs. They were as tasty as they looked. After selling these types of baked goods by word of mouth, they took a big step and found an empty storefront to rent. Here they would build shelves, buy coolers and baking equipment so they could open up and sell their wares to the general public. This was their dream; they did not want to grow old and wonder how their life would have turned out if they at least had not followed through on their dream. I believe some people call it, “having no regrets.” This is something I believe in too. I do not want to grow old with wishes I had done things differently. What one needs to achieve this is perseverance.    NOT wanting to wind up like the rest of her family Joy, played by Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games franchise, X-Men franchise), had an idea. The problem would be getting people to believe in her. This film festival nominated, dramatic comedy was based on a true story. With some of the actors like Robert De Niro (The Intern, The Deer Hunter) as Rudy and Bradley Cooper (American Sniper, Silver LInings Playbook) as Neil Walker having worked together previously, there was an easy flow between the characters. Jennifer was outstanding in the role; actually, I found her to be the number one reason to see this film. Who else I found exceptional was Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her) as Trudy. Sadly the script did not elevate the story or the characters. There were parts of this film that stood out for me, where the acting and action were well done. But then there were segments that dragged down the story. If it was not for Jennifer I would have had a hard time staying with this film. The story was amazing if what was on screen was actually true; Joy was one driven character. For such a person who did what she did, this movie did not sell her story in the best way.

 

2 1/3 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 5, 2016, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Was the movie about opening a bakery or was that just your lead-in? I am unclear about what venture she was going on, unless that spoils the movie knowing that?

    • The bakery person was my lead-in; they did work with me. I did not know who Joy was but when I asked members in my class the majority said they not only knew her buy bought her inventions.

  2. Will read this tomorrow as I’m going to see it this evening. Not sure how much I enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook and how much of my enjoyment of American Hustle was down to Christian Bale.

    • I am curious to hear your views on this film. Thanks for giving me the heads-up.

      • I largely enjoyed the film but agree with you that it wouldn’t have much left if you take Jennifer Lawrence’s performance away. Worth watching but not a masterpiece. Should have finished (in my opinion) when she leaves the Dallas hotel. Would be nice to see Lawrence being given an age appropriate role. I’m sure she would be magnificent playing someone in their early twenties.

      • Funny I thought the same thing about the ending in Dallas. I thought her character in The Hunger Games was close to her age. Thank you for the comments, I appreciated them.

  3. I’m not the biggest fan of David O. Russell but this one did interest me. It’s a bit sad to hear the many disappointed reviews.

  4. I was curious to read your review. I was going to see the movie because of the cast but everyone I spoke to gave it a luke warm reception. What a shame and a waste of talent.

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