Review: Joy

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 124 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 22-JAN-2016

JOY is the wild true story of Joy Mangano and her Italian-American family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty by inventing the Miracle Mop and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. 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.

Overall Review:
Lawrence and Russell take you on with 3rd collaboration together on an emotional journey with “Joy”. Based on actual events, film works as an appealing story about a woman with such confidence in her million-dollar idea that she utterly refuses to be anyone’s doormat.The performances all-around are strong, the story is uncommon enough to grab your attention, and keep you invested, and the direction is solid. Part of the problem is the pace. Even so, Lawrence is great, the supporting cast is tops, and the tale of how Joy Mangano made a mop that revolutionized the industry is hard to resist.

Performance & Technical Review:
Lawrence’s asked to portray multi-dimensional performances: A disappointed daughter, caring mother, loyal friend, shrewd businesswoman, and heartbroken wife but she does it with ease and yes, with JOY. Each supporting player is given ample material to flesh out their own back stories which contribute to better understanding of the family dynamics. The direction is solid but the script is weak with slow pace of the film. This spoils the overall outcome.

PDF Verdict: Film belongs to entirely Jennifer Lawrence. Joy is about a woman’s struggles to exert her independence, fighting against all odds for what she wants and deserves in life. Movie talks about the positives of hard work and entrepreneurship. In the nutshell, Joy is neither hot nor cold, good nor bad.

Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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