sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Joy (movie review)

Billed as something akin to Silver Linings Playbook (film), with much of the same cast, I went to see the feature film, Joy, over the holiday. I had concerns that it was a "chick flick", but it wasn't. It was a lot closer to the "Hard Road" fictional short that you may have just read on this blog - without out the fun stuff. Sociopaths are sociopaths and Joy is full of those characters.

The film was one of the more depressing movies that I saw in 2015. The characters were selfish, devious, and nasty - mostly family members intent on screwing other family members. None of them had any redeeming traits with the exception of Joy (played by Jennifer Lawrence), who spent the movie being kicked by various family members, all of whom she supported in doormat mode.

My score is 2 out of a possible 10. Meaning that I wanted to leave in the first fifteen minutes but stuck it out in the hopes that it would get better.

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DiNero are a mix that one would expect to result in at least 5/10 in my movie score card. But no.
To be fair about it, my dashing heroic gene wanted to save the Jennifer Lawrence character from her family and those who took advantage of her...napalm came to mind. That's just me. Show me a wounded bird and I fill with compassion, even if it's only a movie.  Even with that successful play on my emotions, it was simply not even a so-so movie. Sitting in a theater for 150 minutes to be depressed during the holidays made me feel like I should demand my money back.