Thanks to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment we had the chance to see David O’Russell’s ‘Joy’ on crystal clear Blu-ray.
‘Joy’ is based on the the true story of a young inventor Joy Mangano, who overcomes the struggles of her chaotic family to become the centre of a business empire through the invention of the ‘miracle mop’, a unique, self-wringing mop.
Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) is a young woman whose dreams evaporate as her kids and family take over her life. With her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) and father (Robert De Niro) living in the basement, her soap opera obsessed mother (Virginia Madsen) and the kids, life is just not what it’s supposed to be.
One day she comes up with the idea of the miracle mop after cutting herself cleaning and decides to includes the family for funding and support. However, doing business is never easy. Struggling with suppliers, money and jealousy in her family, Joy gets the one-in-a-million chance to show her product on live TV thanks to entrepreneur Neil Walker (Bradley Cooper) and becomes an immediate success.
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro are brought together once again by O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, Three Kings, American Hustle) in this film. Despite the all-star cast, the movie fails to impress as it’s slow and does not show the characters’ full potential. The chaotic first hour goes nowhere while trying to show Joy’s struggles. It slows down repeatedly showing similar scenes over and over again, but becomes much more entertaining when Lawrence meets Cooper and the wheel finally seems to be spinning.
Lawrence performance is flawless. Her character seems fierce and genuine, and it’s easy to see her as a business woman and entrepreneur. De Niro, Cooper and the rest of the cast also give good performances but they feel lost in the plot’s twists and turns. The only other cast member that truly shines is Dianne Ladd’s supportive grandmother.
Overall, Joy is just not as glorious as it could be. Despite her great performance and her charisma and perseverance, the constant flashbacks (and flashforwards) wipe away the fun.
The Blu-ray includes its digital HD version to download and special features including: Joy, Strength and Perseverance, Times Talk with Jennifer Lawrence, David O’Russell and Maureen Dowd, plus an image gallery.
Joy is out today on DIGITAL HD and on Blu-ray™ & DVD April 28. Get it here on iTunes
Available on DVD & Blu-Ray April 28