We saw (2) new movies this week, one was somewhat disappointing the other one fantastic.
What attracted me to this movie Joy, was the cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper (Cooper plays a small part). As many of you know, these (3) are the same stars of Silver Linings Playbook, an all-time favorite of mine. Unfortunately, I had no idea what this movie was about and the previews we saw on television were misleading IMO. I went in expecting some humor, but there was none to be found. In retrospect, I wish I knew this was about a woman who developed the first self-wringing mop in the 1990.
The first part of the movie is all over the place with Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Joy Mangano, as a young divorced mom of (2) young children and her dysfunctional family and living situation. With her Gram, Mimi, always telling her she was destined for greatness, she comes up with the idea of a wringless mop. Cooper plays a HSN (Home Shopping Network) executive whom she convinces to promote her product on air.
The acting was good but, the story just felt very disjointed. - Disappointing!
In Concussion, another movie based on a true story, Will Smith, another favorite actor, plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a brilliant, Nigerian born, forensic neuropathologist, who discovers CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which is related to football related brain trauma. His discovery pits him against the NFL who does everything possible to dispel these findings. Sadly, the good doctor, who wants to do the right thing, is never really given an opportunity to forcefully get his point across.
The acting and story line was very good and the personal stories depicting ex-pro NFL players whose lives were ruined by CTE is hard to watch at times. Terrific Story!
Hoping to see The Danish Girl if my husband is onboard.
Have you seen any new movies lately?