Review: Joy (2015)


Joy is a film drama directed and written by David O. Russell and sees the third collaboration between the experienced director and the talented Jennifer Lawrence. The film centres around a headstrong Joy, who has to fight through betrayal and treachery in order to get her business off the ground. Only her unwillingness to succumb to these traits will Joy take her once-in-a-lifetime idea to full fruition.
Although Jennifer Lawrence gives us a performance that again people are going to take note of, I can’t help think this role has come too soon in her career for it to be considered Academy worthy. David O.Russell gives us another feature that has the same look and feel of his previous two with Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook & American Hustle). The character development is questionable, with characters going missing for large parts, only to return later without addressing their previous contribution to driving the films plot. Joy offers audiences the typical David O.Russell drama, although the ending is less satisfactory than his previous endeavours.

Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing.” – Joy