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Throughout cinema’s history, there have been numerous director/actor collaborations, and when these collaborative efforts are truly symbiotic, we get some of the most memorable films and performances. Whether it is Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, or Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, these types of director/actor pairs have made some of the most iconic films of the last century. Now, it appears that we have another director/actor collaboration in the making. While it is way too early to even mention this new pair in the same sentence as the examples above, it feels like this new cinematic relationship can develop into something exciting and unforgettable.
This new pair is of course writer and director David O. Russell and America’s favorite star Jennifer Lawrence. They have made two films already, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and their third effort is opening up on Christmas day. Joy is based on the life of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence)- the woman that invented the miracle mop. The film takes us on a wild journey inside Joy’s personal life as we watch Joy grow from a young, imaginative child into a strong woman who becomes the matriarch of her own business.
The Intern follows 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), who after retirement and the passing of his wife, is looking for something to do with his time. He is looking for a purpose. Oddly enough, he stumbles upon an internship for senior citizens at a fashion website company, run by a woman named Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Once he starts, he discovers he is the personal intern to Jules, a woman people consider “impossible to work with.”
The film, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, falls on the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro. Luckily, their chemistry hits almost instantaneously. They click as soon as their paths cross, their characters just don’t know it yet. The majority of the film is about new school and old school, the veteran and the rookie. A story that is nothing new to moviegoers, but it’s more about spending time with Jules and Ben. That’s what makes it enjoyable. De Niro almost feels like a life-long friend. A character you can trust and just like to be around. Jules is difficult at first, but we all know she is a big softie deep down. At least that’s what the trailer told us.