The farther and farther we get into it, the more unique and refreshing 2015’s Oscar season seems to be. With engaging films like Room and Sicario already garnering a large amount of buzz and awards predictions for themselves too, it’ll be interesting to see how films in the following two months are able to stack up to the already impressive competition. Featuring projects from both new and veteran filmmakers too, it really does seem like one of those rare years where anything is possible, and while one film could look amazing from the trailers, another that audiences may have never even heard of could be even better. Although, I guess that’s the way it always goes.
One of the wildcards of this year too is David O. Russell’s Joy, and while the filmmaker has seemed constantly present at the awards shows every time he has a new film, things seem surprisingly less predictable with this one. A new trailer for the film just dropped online earlier today too, and gives film buffs a new, more detailed look at the latest collaboration between O. Russell and his favorite leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence. Check it out below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“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, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.”
David O. Russell came back with a vengeance in 2010 with The Fighter after a long hiatus from the industry, only to then follow it up with the Academy Award-winning Silver Linings Playbook, which is also one of my all-time favorite movies, and skyrocketed Jennifer Lawrence into being an even bigger movie star than she already was. It also garnered some for Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jackie Weaver, and several other Oscar nominations and announced O. Russell as one of the best, and most energetic filmmakers working today.
Personally, his follow-up film, American Hustle, was more of a disappointment than anything else, and seemed like one of those films where the director became more intrigued by the film’s style, than its substance. Now, Joy looks like it could be a combination of all three of his previous films, and featuring a similar cast as well, it looks like the critically-acclaimed director is looking to grab Oscar gold once more with this one.
Lawrence seems like she’s giving a dynamic and engaging performance as the lead too, and now it’ll just be interesting to see if Joy manages to capture the same emotional tone and themes as Silver Linings, while also maintaining the same heavy style as American Hustle. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see because either way, this looks like it could be an Oscar heavy-hitter later this year.
Joy is set to hit theatres on December 25th.
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