For a half hour or so, David O Russell's "Joy", which is based on a true story, is close to perfect. I thought that I might be viewing the one that could bring home the statue for Best Picture. It reminded me of a good Wes Anderson film, with its quirkiness. My hopes were not quite crushed. Eroded slowly would be a more accurate phrase to describe the path it took. Don't misunderstand. It's got plenty going for it, but more in the way of a bunch of fun skits strung together, rather than a complete product.
Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is a beleaguered woman who takes care of everyone around her. She shares her house with her grandmother, Mimi (Diane Ladd), her mother, Terry (Virginia Madsen), her ex-husband, Tony (Edgar Ramirez), her father Rudy (Robert De Niro), and her children. She works for an airline as a ticket agent, fixes everything that breaks in the house, helps run her dad's business, and tries to keep everyone happy.
Once her high school's valedictorian, she has been reduced to a full-time care giver. The early scenes that lay this groundwork are outstanding. It's when she starts to find her way that it starts to feel too much like scenes strung together. It's still entertaining, but the momentum periodically stalls. Despite this, there are some sections that almost live up to the first 30 minutes.
|Summary||True story about a woman who invented the Miracle Mop starts fast before becoming uneven. It's still a whole lot of fun, filled with great performances.|