“Joy” is another enjoyable entry in to this career resurgence that David O’Russell is experiencing. Whether or not it becomes another smash hit at the box office as well as a critical darling remains to be seen. I found it to be a solid biopic. O’Russell is a master at taking indie stories and making them mainstream and accessible to general audiences.
Jennifer Lawrence turns in a great performance as the woman who invented the miracle mop. The road to her thriving business was bumpy at first due to her meddling family and some potential fraudsters. Robert De Niro steals every scene he is in as Joy’s sometimes loving and sometimes cold father.
I enjoyed all of this story in an entertainment level. Did it fully engage me on an intellectual level? I’m not quite sure yet but I do think that O’Russell and his team have another hit on their hands.