Jennifer Lawrence And Bradley Cooper Praised By 'Joy' Director David O. Russell

David O. Russell

The movie centers on Joy Mangano (Lawrence), the inventor of a self-wringing mop that eventually became a phenomenon. Russell and Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo thought we did.

If you've read any other reviews of Joy or checked its rating on sources like Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic, you may notice that this review stands out from the general consensus.

Triumph does come, and had "Joy" reached that turning point at the halfway point instead of minutes before the end, Russell might have found the arc of a good story, contrasting Joy's life before and after.

While Jennifer Lawrence ferociously inhabited fictional Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games", she doesn't seem to relate to real-life Joy Mangano, tenaciously grappling with one obstacle after another, determined to achieve her version of the American Dream. They get an A+ in divorce. Standouts in the ensemble include Madsen, doing a great baffled woman who simply wants to be taken care of by anyone available, and Rossellini, who can mix surface warmth and underlying dismissive arrogance like nobody's business. Assailed from all angles and at the height of her despair, Joy happens upon an idea for a revolutionary mop and sets about making it happen, with the financial help of her father's eccentric girlfriend Trudy (Isabella Rossellini) and later the backing of QVC executive Neil Walker (Bradley Cooper).

This assumption is evidenced by the film's marketing, including a trailer which gives little away about the film outside of a series of jump cuts culminating with Jennifer Lawrence firing a shotgun.

"Silver Linings Playbook" was outstanding, as was "American Hustle".

He is playing convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in a new HBO movie. Robert De Niro plays Joy's always-looking-for-love father, Rudy. Occasionally, he will also remember that he was using Joy's grandmother as a narrator.

Though a B-side to O. Russell's greatest hits, Joy still comes with wonderful sequences, a cracking soundtrack, and superb performances.

It's a bit of a manic, overstuffed film, but there's a lot of bold feeling and heart to it too, plus not to mention terrific performances from the aforementioned cast. But her big break quickly goes bad, and Joy's rags-to-riches story encounters just one of several potential disasters. Robert De Niro doesn't feel as engaged here as he was in Silver Linings. Joy is a thinker, a fighter, a creator, and a mother, capable of doling out witticisms just as well as bold-faced business talk. But what the film truly reveals is something else entirely: how Jennifer Lawrence can elevate any material, anytime, even middle-of-the-pack fare like this. The 40-year-old actor said the actress is the "best at what she does", reported Contactmusic.

With "Joy", the movie is really built around her, and the marketing was on her shoulders. She doesn't actually say "F-U" to anyone, but she does it all by putting on those sunglasses.

Lawrence is such an enjoyable performer that you'll root for her every second. Well, a more apt name would be "Joy-ish", since the movie has its clunky parts. Your enjoyment of this film may very well depend on how you feel about O'Russell's divisive style.

"This particular woman has her own dreams and has her own aspirations that she's put on hold for her entire life and I think that's a huge reason why the story spanned for so long, for four generations", Lawrence said of her character.

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