Presented by James M. Tate / 12/29/2015 / No comments / bradley cooper , david o. russell , diane ladd , jennifer lawrence , quirky , robert deniro
JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN JOY
|year: 2015 cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd director: David O. Russell|
That's not to say the direction isn't exemplary from the man who took us through an emotional rollercoaster ride in PLAYBOOK and partially succeeded in his lightweight Martin Scorsese style crime-caper AMERICAN HUSTLE, but it's well into the second act before his creative style becomes more than eye-candy in JOY, and that's when her back is fully pinned against the wall...
|Poster for JOY|
Which doesn't matter since Joy's are wide open as she struggles to create, patent and sell a particularly useful mop for housewives while her plight, initially breezy and far-fetched... especially concerning Bradley Cooper's wedged-in role as a much too convenient TV producer... not only makes the character stronger, relying less on being spontaneous and quirky, but a plot finally unveils and, best yet... the most important aspect for any kind of vehicle... there becomes an actual destination.
SPOILERS & INFO: Fans of Russell's Scorsese-like music collage vibe, not very abundant here, will enjoy one of the best Rolling Stone's tracks ever, STRAY CAT BLUES from the album where they really got rolling, BEGGER'S BANQUET, playing in a somewhat suspenseful scene, and what's become very popular after AMERICAN BEAUTY... that being the Dead Person Narration, also included in THE BUCKET LIST and most recently, LEGEND... is used here – guess no one's safe in cinema anymore.