After teaming up with director David O Russell twice before in "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert
De Niro team up with him again in "Joy"'.
"Joy" is the true story of Joy Mangano, an American housewife who invented the miracle mop.
We first introduced to Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) when she's down on her luck and not through choice is forced to share her home with other members of her
dysfunctional family, upstairs is her soap-opera addicted mother (Virginia Madsen), whilst staying in the basement is her ex-husband and her garage-owning
father, Rudy (Robert De Niro).
Joy in an effort to change her and her families’ fortunes then decides to invent a self-wringing mop, she then makes it her life's ambition to design and
sell the mop to the American public.
The story of a woman who designs a self-wringing mop might not sound like a great idea for a movie but as they say never judge a book by its cover as “Joy”
the movie is a joy to watch. Lawrence is fantastic as Mangano and must be a cert for another Oscar nomination, whilst Cooper who turns up in a lesser role
as Neil Walker, the boss of the QVC shopping channel shines in the few scenes that he’s in. The scene between the two as Joy try's to sell her mop on QVC
for the first time shouldn't really work as all it is is someone standing there telling you how good a mop is, but it does thanks to the extraordinary
talents of the two actors.
"Joy" might not be as good as "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" but it's so much better than it shoould be given that it's a story about
a woman that invented a mop.