Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell have joined forces in yet another comedy-drama and are once more headed off to the Oscars. The autobiographical film of Joy tells the story of how the inventor of the groundbreaking Miracle Mop, Joy Mangano, takes charge of her life as a single mother of two, a mediator between her dysfunctional family, a dreamer and a businesswoman. And who better to take on the role as this kick-ass woman, than the biggest moviestar of 2015, Jennifer Lawrence.
This time around, Lawrence is the only one representing the film at the Oscars, unlike in 2012 with Silver Lining’s Playbook and 2013’s American Hustler, but with her take charge, girlpower-attitude, it is no wonder that she’s nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Throughout the movie, Lawrence delivers a strong performance, and unlike her role as Katniss Everdeen, she proves in Joy that she belongs in the category of this generation’s best actresses. By the end of the film, she had me believing in starting a cleaning company, which I find generally impressive.
But setting aside the performance of Lawrence for a second to talk about Russell’s directing style, that is another story. It is for sure an original way of directing, but also an uncertain approach. Watching the movie with my mother and sister, who did not take as much a liking to the movie as I did, made me believe that his chosen approach made them dislike the entire film, which is a damn shame. Creating a monotone film with sporadically outburst was a gamble, and one I don’t know paid off.
However, in my opinion this film’s dream team creates entertainment that not only makes you believe in something more, but also adds a certain humor about the mundane activity that is called living. Joy is a fun and original film, and one that deserves 4/5 Oscars for is diverse approach to the recycled theme of entrepreneurship.