Podcast: ‘Joy’ Review

Awards season has well and truly kicked off. Both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominations for their respective awards and, yet again, a number of biopics will be duking it out for the top spot and their chance at Oscar glory.

David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence have joined the fray this year with Joy, the story of the woman behind the Miracle Mop and the invention franchise that grew from the depths of poverty. In our latest podcast, we discuss what the film does well and what disappoints. Lawrence again gives a triumphant, brilliant performance, continuing her incredibly successful partnership with the director, and Bradley Cooper injects some much needed spark into every scene he is in. However, the performances by all aren’t enough to uplift this mediocre film.

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Joy daughter

Lawrence DeNiro

Joy Trudy

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3 Stars (3 / 5)

Joy stars Lawrence, Cooper, Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, and Elisabeth Röhm, and is nominated for two Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Lawrence for Actress Musical or Comedy.

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(Photos copyright: 20th Century Fox, Annapurna Pictures)

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