Joy | Kilburnlad | Film | Reviews


I'm a bit late with my film review this week, having seen Joy on Wednesday.

Yet again Jennifer Lawrence delivers a fine performance as Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop, and who went on to become a self-made millionaire with a business empire.


The film has actually received mixed reviews, although most credit Lawrence even if criticising other elements of the film. She has been nominated for an Oscar making her the youngest actor to ever receive four Oscar nominations.

The beginning of the film depicts a chaotic family with Joy holding everything together. Her divorced mother watches the same soap every day, Joy's ex husband, Tony, lives in the basement, her half-sister Peggy is antagonistic to her, and her dad has just 'been returned' by his girlfriend. Her grandmother, who encourages her to follow her dreams, is probably the only 'normal' person in the household.

Dad finds a new girlfriend, Trudy, a wealthy Italian widow, and everybody is invited on to her former husband's yacht. There is a 'no red wine' rule, to protect the deck, but Joy's Ex charms Trudy into allowing him to bring a crate on board. As a result of this, for reasons you can probably guess, Joy, a natural inventor, ends up turning her mind to designing a mop that doesn't need to be wrung out by hand.

With Trudy's financial help, very reluctantly given, the mop is produced, but nobody is interested in the product. Until, that is, Tony manages to get Joy an introduction to QVC, the new way of selling things through the medium of television. After an initial disaster, the mop becomes a best seller. Unfortunately, however, the legal advice Joy received when setting up the production contract, using Trudy's lawyer (against Tony's advice), proves to be flawed and bankruptcy looms.

At this point Joy wises up, takes on a new persona, and sets out to right the wrongs that she feels have been bestowed upon her. The fact that she ends up a millionaire tells you that she was successful.

I enjoyed the film. There's no doubt that Lawrence adds a great deal to it, but there is enough humour to keep you chuckling, and it's always good to watch a film where the 'good guy' ends up triumphing over adversity inflicted by others.

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