Jennifer Lawrence is all grown up and has left Katniss Everdeen behind. With her first role since leaving the blockbuster Hunger Games series, she has chosen a very grown-up route with the movie “Joy,” a bold and powerful release in theaters now.
While critics are saying that Lawrence, 25, was too young to play the title role, she actually embodied the character very well. She played Joy Mangano, inventor of the miracle mop and other household products. The film is inspired by Mangano’s life and the journey she went through to become the entrepreneur she is today. Lawrence, is mature beyond her years in a role that could quite possible be more inspiring than Katniss and earn her another Oscar nomination.
It’s not easy to be an inventor or an entrepreneur. It does not happen overnight and you could possibly see failure and a dark path that could give you an impression that you are never going to succeed. Almost everyone was rooting for Joy to fail and thought she was crazy because of her unconventional ideas, but she powered through and never quit.
Lawrence called the film a tribute to “women who are the unsung heroes of their households.” This is probably the best way to describe “Joy.” She may not have done something monumental in history, but she created a career and life for herself and gave her children a great woman to look up to.
After the film screenings, Lawrence was reported saying, the movie had a fire and gift that she had buried within her for 17 years. Even when Joy thought her dreams were lost, she was still able to overcome her fears and managed to succeed. With quotes from the film: “ordinary meets the extraordinary everyday” and “ I have real ambitions and real ideas,” it’s hard not to get inspired from the incredible story. Even if it is only loosely based on the real inventor, Joy Mangano.
After a screening of the movie ourselves, we must admit Lawrence definitely made the film. Her co-star Robert De Niro, 72, was very funny and Virginia Madsen, 54, was absolutely hilarious and incredible to watch. Mangano did not have the kind of family that believed in her, which was character building for her. Her grandmother, played by Diane Ladd, did believe in her, though.
The film has a melancholy tone, but Lawrence is the bright light that radiated the screen. When her family is rooting for her to fail, you will be rooting for her to win. As Mangano, Lawrence is tough, smart and relentless.
The film was marketed with the team back together: director David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but Cooper did not play a significant role in movie as much. Cooper and Lawrence still displayed great chemistry together, however. When they were onscreen together it was amazing to watch their dynamic. Cooper played the head of QVC and another obstacle in Joy’s path to success.
Joy shows us how to be Bold. She teaches us to never give up on our dreams and never listen to the negativity. She finds a way to succeed, even when it seems all hope is lost.
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