Tuesday, February 23, 2016

JOY (2015)

If I couldn't figure out why Jennifer Lawrence is the highest paid actor before, now I know why.  Just watch JOY and you would probably agree with me.  Her acting's really seamless and she's very versatile.  There are moments where I am reminded of Renée Zellweger because to me, they look similar, but of course, they are also different as different could be.

A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces-WWW

Directed byDavid O. Russell
Screenplay byDavid O. Russell
Story by

JOY is narrated by Mimi, Joy's grandmother(Diane Ladd), from beyond the grave.  It has a lot of endearing moments, some laughter and a lot of scenes that would make you go ballistic. 

There were lines uttered by Joy's father, Rudy Mangano(portrayed by Robert De Niro), that would make any daughter's blood boil, even when he was seemingly saying sorry(wait for the Embassy Suites scene), but there were a lot of "proud moments" too.

I like the chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  They might not be lovers here, but they surely jived. Obviously, they work well with David O. Russel and would have another picture with him the future.

My favorite "thing" about this movie is the true friendship between Joy and her ex-husband, Tony.  As Mimi narrated, they were better off when they got divorced because they looked out for each other and truly cared for one another.  Tony was also a very good father to their kids.

Her friend, Jackie(Dascha Polanco)is one in a million.  I have some friends like her too, thank God! 

My favorite "character" is Cristy/Christie, Joy and Tony's eldest played by twins, Gia and Aundrea Gadsby.

For more information please just click the links below.  :-)  Kudos to everyone involved in this film.  

Vanity Fair's Review(truth vs. fiction)


Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano
Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as young Joy Mangano
Robert De Niro as Rudy Mangano, Joy's father
Bradley Cooper as Neil Walker, an executive at QVC
Édgar Ramírez as Tony Miranne, Joy's ex-husband
Diane Ladd as Mimi, Joy's grandmother
Virginia Madsen as Terri Mangano, Joy's mother
Isabella Rossellini as Trudy, Joy's father's girlfriend and Joy's financier
Elisabeth Röhm as Peggy, Joy's half-sister
Madison Wolfe as young Peggy
Dascha Polanco as Jackie, Joy's best friend
Emily Nunez as young Jackie
Melissa Rivers as Joan Rivers
Donna Mills as Priscilla
Susan Lucci as Danica
Maurice Benard as Jared
Laura Wright as Clarinda
Alexander Cook as Bartholomew
Jimmy Jean-Louis as Touissant
Drena De Niro as Cindy

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