Monday, December 28, 2015


In Writer/Director David O. Russell’s Joy, the main character’s mother (Virginia Madsen) is obsessed with TV Soap Operas and the initial problem with this otherwise wonderful production is that for the first 20 minutes or so, the film plays like a Soap Opera with the only difference being that it is acted by a superstar cast of actors, including Jennifer Lawrence as Joy, Robert De Niro as her father, Diane Ladd as Joy’s grandmother and Isabella Rossellini as her father’s new love.
It’s not until Bradley Cooper, as a QVC shopping channel executive, comes on the scene that this film really takes off and, when it does, it soars!  But, the soaring is due to the actors more than the script, which seems to put too much emphasis on the real life story of Joy Mangano, who served as one of the Executive Producers, instead of being more universal in its reach.

Despite its lame opening and script issues, Joy still gets a 4.5 out of 5.  

1 comment:

  1. I went because of the all star cast. After the first 20 minutes, I almost walked out. REALLY slow and i thought uneven throughout
    You rating must be a result of the Christmas spirit because it was a gift. Love reading your reviews, Have a Happy New Year