David. O Russell has had an absurdly energetic creative output over the past few years (after a number of years very much on the down low) and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. We’re wondering if that’s a good thing. Joy is Russell’s new film and there’s a degree of sameness to it all. Haven’t we been here before? Haven’t they been here before?

Russell’s the sort of filmmaker that rarely puts a foot wrong but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s putting any interesting feet forward, if that is even something that makes sense. Joy looks well-written, well-acted, well-shot and all of that nonsense that makes up all of filmmaking and yet we’re finding it hard to feel all that interested.

“The film follows Joy Mangano, a single mother of three children, through four generations as she builds her business empire after creating the Miracle Mop.”

Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence, Édgar Ramírez, Robert De Niro, Isabella Rossellini and Bradley Cooper and is set for release in December, 2015.

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