Road to Awards Season: Joy Review


Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is a women ahead of years and inventor of the ‘self-wringing mop’. This will be the third film comprising of the unstoppable cinematic triumvirate; David O Russell, Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper. It has already received acknowledgement from the respective awarding bodies; Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

David O Russell’s movie serves as the epitome of the American Dream. Anyone can become anything if they put their mind to it. The Mangano’s aren’t your conventional nuclear family. A divorcee mother (Virginia Madsen) addicted to tele nova. Joy’s ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) who cohabits the basement with her hopeless romantic father (Robert De Niro).

We see Joy grow from prodigal child to the business mogul running her very own empire. From the outset we witness her insatiable appetite to invent in order to provide a better life for her family. Described as a “daring women” and the film itself acting as a semi biopic, Lawrence was a perfect casting, reflected in the nominations thus far. Much like her ‘propo’ routine in the Hunger Games, her debut as TV sales personality depicts tremendous awkwardness and yet the viewer cannot look away. With a target of 50,000 mops needing to be sold, does she make the cut?

Whilst the film maintains a strong pace throughout, it takes a minor detour into the zany, when Joy imagines her family in the virtual word of her mother’s television shows. A surreal counterpart to the factual tone throughout. Want to see other contenders that will be featured in the Golden Globes this Sunday? Check out Lost Culture’s review on Revenant which received a 5 star rating.


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