ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – J – Joy (2015)

joyDirector: David O Russell

Writer: David O Russell (Screenplay) David O Russell, Annie Mumolo (Story)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini

 

Plot: Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Story But Not Enough

 

Story: Joy starts with her grandmother Mimi (Ladd) introducing us to the family, her daughter Terry (Madsen) who is obsessed with soap operas, while Joy (Lawrence) always the extra creative still ends up with an air hostess job. Joy still lives with the rest of her family including her ex-husband Tony (Ramirez) as her estranged father Rudy (De Niro) needs to move back in.

Joy tired of just getting by she wants to bring back her ideas from her childhood and start making an invention that could stop her family from ever having to worry again. Joy starts by trying to build a new design for a mop with the support of all her family but can she make an impact in the industry.

Joy is a good story that shows how important it is to not give up while chasing a dream, I do like where this shows how determined Joy was but I would’ve liked to have seen more from after the events in the film showing more than we got. Making a movie about selling mops isn’t ever going to be easy and this falls to really pull us in enough to make us interested in what is happening.

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Lawrence: Joy was always a creative person but life just seemed to hold until final she decides to take the risk a try and make something that could change the world, she creates a mop and along with her father she tries to sale this into the world where she goes to make a future for her family. Jennifer is great in this role as the strong woman.joy charcyer

Robert De Niro: Rudy is Joy’s father and a business man himself, when she wants to go into business he stands with her to try and make this happen. He isn’t sure with every decision but doesn’t want to let his daughter down. Robert is on this film but doesn’t get too much screen time to really shine.

Bradley Cooper: Neil Walker is the sales manager at QVC who takes a chance on Joy’s idea by putting in on his network, he respects her aggressive approach and lets her be the one to sale the product. Bradley is only in a supporting role but doesn’t get enough screen time to have enough important impact.

Edgar Ramirez: Tony is the ex-husband of Joy but the two are still close friends, he lives in the basement and helps with the business and is the one who introduces her to Neil. Edgar is good but I would have liked to have seen more from him as he looked interesting.

Support Cast: Joy has a good supporting cast but I feel we could have seen more from all of them.

Director Review: David O RussellDavid doesn’t give us enough for what we know he is capable from behind the camera.

 

Comedy: Joy is classed as a comedy?

Settings: Joy uses the settings to make us feel like we are in the same time period.
Suggestion
: Joy is a film to try as we get to learn about the woman herself Joy. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Lawrence is brilliant.

Worst Part: Would have liked to have seen more.

 

Believability: Based on the real lady.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes

Oscar Chances: Lawrence could get a nod but that is it.

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

 

Overall: Selling a mop movie, well this isn’t going to be that bad but not interesting enough

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Jake Gyllenhaal Weekend – Enemy (2013)

enemyDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Javier Gullon (Screenplay) Jose Saramago (Novel)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Joshua Peace, Tim Post

 

Plot: A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Confusingly Disturbing

 

Story: Enemy starts by taking us into an underground club where we witness an unusually ceremony involving a spider which Anthony (Gyllenhaal) is a part of. We move to meet Adam (Gyllenhaal again) a history teacher who is involved in a relationship with Mary (Laurent). Adam comes off as a lonely person and after being suggested a movie he notices is doppelganger in the film leading him to try and investigate who this man is.

After making contact with Anthony, Adam gets Anthony interested in who Adam is as well as Anthony’s pregnant wife Helen (Gadon). When Anthony and Adam meet things take a turn when they both want to learn more about each other behind each other’s back and Anthony starts acting very strange.

Enemy really comes off confusing as we watching what seems to two different people trying to figure out who they are and what they mean. In fairness we get to see plenty of confusing moments and you will have to sit and watch, read into everything to try and piece together what it all means. If you want to just sit and enjoy a film with no thinking this is one to stay away from but this will test your mind.

 

Actor Review

 

Jake Gyllenhaal: Adam + Anthony, Adam is a routine driven history teacher who gets wind of his doppelganger Anthony and starts’ investigating him, Anthony is a model/actor who becomes intrigued once Adam starts contacting him. We watch how both try to figure out what is going on with both having different motives for the truth. Jake gives a brilliant performance in both roles showing two different characters questioning his mind.

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Melanie Laurent: Mary is Adam’s girlfriend, she doesn’t say much and seems very cold towards Adam, and she doesn’t get too involved in the searching but becomes a pawn in the game being played by Anthony. Melanie only gets a small supporting role but is important between the two characters.

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Sarah Gadon: Helen is the wife of Anthony who is convinced he is cheating on her and can’t believe how similar Adam and Anthony look but how different they both act. Sarah also only gets a supporting role but like Melanie is important to the final outcome.

 

Support Cast: Enemy doesn’t have too many supporting characters as we focus on the two characters all the way through.

 

Director Review: Denis VilleneuveDenis gives us a mind bending film that is very confusing but has a brilliant story once you figure it all out.

 

Mystery: Enemy really does keep us wondering what is happening with Adam and Anthony.  

Thriller: Enemy keeps your attention from start to finish.

Settings: Enemy uses the settings to show the different version of Adam and Anthony throughout the film.
Special Effects
: Enemy has good effects when needed mostly with the spider creations.

Suggestion: Enemy is one for film fans that enjoy thinking about what they are watching. (Give Full Attention)

 

Best Part: Figuring it all out.

Worst Part: It is very confusing.

Oh My God Moment: The End

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won 10 awards and nominated for another 7.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $3.3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: You can’t escape Yourself!

Trivia: The cast signed a confidentiality agreement that doesn’t allow them to speak and/or explain to the press the meaning of spiders in the movie.

 

Overall: Can you figure it all out?

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