Joy is not exactly a step forward for O. Russell, but rather a pretty winning point of coalescence. I was most fond of his earlier, more messy, outsiderish films. He seems to be pleased w/ himself for having become a populist, and has certainly garnered sufficient praise to suggest it was worth his while. Here we have something special. A supremely messy populist movie. He really excels at decentered storytelling.
A bold and commendable effort. The blending and mirroring of TV melodrama into the characters actual lives is a brave and admirable move that doesn't hit the mark. Instead Joy feels like two different films sandwiched together with the result being surprisingly flat. At it's heart it's the individual vs the state story that on it's own is a fairly tired formula. 2.5 stars
The film that everybody loves to hate feels like a misunderstood one. Told in fable tones with a great heart, Joy is a very incisive and much-deserved look at the inevitability of heart-wrenching truths in the pursuit of success. Jennifer Lawrence is an inventor, a mother and a fighter, and knocks it out of the park in which is easily her best performance to date.
An ode to motherhood, resilience, entrepreneurship & survival. Overcoming is the operative word. As over-hyped as it is, one cannot denie the acting chops of JLaw. Other than some infrequent annoyingly hysteric filmmaking moments, Joy delivers a Capraesque eerily metaphysical tale with nuance & emotional arc. A wayward prophetic mamy, a tv-junkie mother & a daydreaming daughter in a deranged hopeful fable:❤️
2,5. Better than 'American Hustle' but still far from what David O. Russell did with 'Silver Linings Playbook'. Thumbs up for Robert De Niro doing his usual thing. What the hell is wrong with Bradley Cooper? Is he having a stroke? Please someone help him!!!
Russell fails to live up to his previous oeuvre with this flat and unfocused tale about the American dream and the pitfalls of consumerism and capitalism seen through the experiences of a young divorced mother/inventor. Lawrence is great in a tailor made part but the ensemble fails to make much of an impression save a game Rossellini. Picture has a distinctive look its the scripting that sinks it.
A high speed train of emotion and energy. At times it feels like it comes close to losing it's balance, however, I think it's one of the year's finest. A unique and brilliantly executed pace that starts off somewhat calmly for an O. Russel picture. But much like an avalanche Joy gains momentum and cannot stop itself as it comes barreling towards it's wonderful ending. A testament the powerful inspiring women.
The tone of the film ebbs and flows in unpredictable ways, but Jennifer Lawrence is really magnetic as the determined blue-collar title character. Something about her enthusiasm and the mix of melodrama and comedy reminded me of Claude Chabrol's film The Good Time Girls.