To describe the movie Joy I would choose the words entertaining, absurd and bewildering. And yet when I left the cinema, I left feeling surprised at how much I loved it.
The film is loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano, an American inventor.
You know the fancy fabric clothes hangers that stop your tops from annoyingly slipping off? Yeah, Joy Mangano created that.
In the movie we follow the ups and downs of her first invention, the self wringing Miracle Mop.
The film takes on an indie vibe, eccentric characters and lighting and colouring that create the feel of the movies 1989 setting.
Out of all the characters in the film, Joy is the most normal.
Joy’s mother spends her days watching soap operas from her bed, living in their lives more than her own. Joy’s father who has just divorced his third wife, argues constantly with Joy’s mother. While Joy’s ex-husband, Tony, a Venezuelan singer lives in her basement.
Often the movie didn’t make a whole lot of sense. At one point Joy and Tony for no necessary reason start dancing and singing together on stage.
At this point in the movie I looked over to my friend who holds a pure hatred towards all kinds of musicals, and said to her as seriously as I could,
“oh yeah, I forgot to tell you, it’s a musical.”
Her face dropping in anger/ disbelief was well worth the little white lie.
There was many flaws in the movie but I loved it so much that they didn’t bother me.
How did Joy’s ex-husband who was lazy, unemployed and unreliable at the beginning of the film have a personality change at the drop of the hat and become a business genius?
Also Joy has a job as an airline receptionist at the start of the movie, which she inexplicably stops going to.
Finally coming to the end of the movie and Joy is faced with a problem that could ruin her business, she seems to figure a solution to it far to easily.
Though it seems like this was a negative review, I actually found the plot amusingly, satirical, complicated and enjoyable.
Obviously Jennifer Lawrence’s acting was superb and her and Bradley Copper’s chemistry on screen was on par as usual.
I would recommend seeing Joy in cinema if you get a chance, it’s well worth the watch.
If you have already seen it, what did you make of it?