I watched Joy last night. The Twentieth Century Fox film is based on the true story of Joy Mangano. In the movie, Joy invents the self-wringing Miracle Mop. The film is about the struggles Joy went through to develop and market her revolutionary mop. I liked the movie — mainly because Jennifer Lawrence was good in the film. Plus I enjoy movies based on true stories. Joy is available now in Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and Digital HD. Note: Joy is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
It’s a Story About a Miracle Mop
As I mentioned previously, the film is based on a true story. In the movie, Joy invents the Miracle Mop, which is a self-wringing mop with a removable head that can be cleaned in a washing machine. To turn her idea into a business, Joy has to fight an uphill battle. First she has to convince her dad’s girlfriend to fund the manufacturing. Then she has to select the right business to manufacture the components of the mop. After that, Joy has to convince retailers to sell her mop. She can’t convince any businesses to carry her product, but she does end up convincing QVC to market her mop. But in order to go on TV, she has to borrow more money and take out a second mortgage on her house to manufacture 50,000 mops. But on her big day, she doesn’t sell a single mop. But don’t worry, Joy doesn’t give up and she continued to push on with her invention.
Joy is Full of Sadness
With a movie titled Joy, you would expect a happy story. The film does end up on a positive and inspiring note, but much of the story is sad. Turning a mop into a successful business is not easy. But that’s not the sad part of the story. Joy’s family is. Her dad doesn’t believe in her and tells her he was wrong for supporting and encouraging her. His father’s girlfriend also told Joy she doesn’t have what it takes to succeed. And her half-sister is constantly saying negative things to Joy. Then there is Joy’s mom, who sits in her bed and watches soap operas all day long. Fortunately for Joy, her best friend, grandmother and ex-husband believe in her.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are Reunited
Jennifer Lawrence is the star of the story. She plays the part of Joy Mangano. Also in the film is Bradley Cooper. He plays the part of Neil Walker, a QVC executive. In the scenes they were together, they were wonderful. Sadly, they were only in a few scenes together. Other cast members include Robert De Niro (Rudy), Edgar Ramírez (Tony), Diane Ladd (Mimi), Virginia Madsen (Terry), Isabella Rossellini (Trudy), Dascha Polanco (Jackie), Elisabeth Röhm (Peggy), Susan Lucci (Danica), Laura Wright (Clarinda), Maurice Benard (Ridge), Donna Mills (Priscilla), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Touissant), and Ken Howard (mop executive). Joy was directed by David O. Russell.
The Joy Blu-ray includes the 124-minute movie on Blu-ray and digital HD. In addition, it includes the following special features:
- Joy, Strength and Perseverance
- Times Talk with Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell and Maureen Dowd
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.
More info: Joy Blu-ray
[Disclosure: I received a Blu-ray for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]