In a nutshell:
I’m very glad to say I thoroughly enjoyed Joy. Going in, I really did not know what to expect. The movie is based on the life of Joy Mangano, a mom and housewife who invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop among other inventions. It concentrates on her early years as she struggles to get said “mop” launched into the public eye. She faces many barriers and adversities along the way but ultimately triumphs, and it’s great to join her along for the ride.
The movie, although essentially a drama, does have some nice comedic touches to it. It also looks great and has a good soundtrack to it. I especially liked the use of flashbacks to tell the story of Joy’s childhood, and how such things as her parents divorce affected who she was and who she would become.
Joy is ultimately a story of determination and not taking “no” for an answer. It serves as an inspiring story to budding entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to never give up, and that if you have a dream, keep going towards it until it becomes your reality. It may not sound the most exciting of movies–the middle act does drag a bit at times–but if you are looking for an inspirational story to start your new year off, you won’t go wrong with Joy.
I found Joy to be an extremely engaging movie. Thanks to not only great direction and writing from David O. Russell, but also a superb lead from Jennifer Lawrence, I was hooked from start to finish. The movie also looks and sounds great and features an experienced cast who are well used. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those of you who take the plunge, you will be glad you did.
After somewhat of a roller-coaster year, 2015 finishes off on a positive note – oh Joy!
Joy is released in the UK on January 1st and was released in the US on December 25th.