Joy Movie Review

Joy is a 2015 movie that has recently hit Netflix in the UK.  Joy is a biographical comedy that was directed by David O. Russell with Jennifer Lawrence starring in the lead role as Joy.  Didn’t know what to expect from this movie and although well acted from multiple members of the cast the movie’s pace just didn’t seem right.

Joy after doing some research was loosely based on self-made millionaire and  Joy Mangano and although the movie does have an air of being based on a true story the lack of setting the scene and details in some respects, were missing mainly the years that things happened.  That being said it was well structured for a fictional story because it was set out from Joy’s childhood and well explained, but that inability to understand what era this all took place in for a biographical picture just wasn’t great.

While being a very slow paced the desperation wasn’t quite there.  It felt as if she was going to win all the way through because all the hurdles she faced, there was no hardship for.  There was obviously huge hurdles in the story but as soon as Joy faced them, there was a near enough instant solution and with the pace of the movie, there could have been more of a build-up giving time to understand how dire the situation is for Joy.

Overall Joy is a movie that can be recommended if you like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper because they owned their roles but expect quite a slow and erratic at times plot line.  Joy, however, will also appeal to anyone that believes in The Big American Dream.

Joy at best gets 5/10 for me because although great performances and based on a true story, just feel it could have been better paced and a bit more detail put into the story.  Giving the audience time to really appreciate the struggles the character was going through especially once she had gone into business.

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Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 13 “AKA Smile” Review

AKA Smile the season finale and did it ever deliver some dark places. The writers went to town in this episode concluding the season in the way it was supposed to conclude because although it had some moments of comedy in it. There were so much dark and openings for new storylines.

Jessica and Trish finally get a lead on where Killgrave is and find his hideout, where Jessica discovers Albert with some information about Killgrave and the fetus that Jeri had taken early on in the season. This was quite fitting because although we knew that Jeri had used it in the hope of getting Killgrave’s powers she hadn’t managed to so and kind of felt like a dead end. Albert admitted to using the fetus, however, to amplify Killgrave’s power that Jessica needs to be careful.

Trish’s reaction when Jessica tell her she loves her

Trish and Jessica, however, have some very interesting dialogue and just how close they are even if they don’t tell each other just how much they mean to each other. The subtle way that the code word becomes I love you is quite ironic because Jessica is telling her that she loves her but backhanded because it is admitted that it is something she would never say. The way Trish gets more information gets more information IGH says that there is going to be something in the works with that. What it isn’t clear and as the season as come to an end, it’s an open-ended book but something that might become clear in the future.

The major scene, however, is the one where Killgrave thinks he has Jessica in his sights and she is working in with music playing and hood up looking down at the floor. There was something huge about it especially when it comes apparent that it isn’t Jessica. When Jessica does come into the scene though it is really well done and captured very well by Krysten Ritter because you can see in her own face that she isn’t sure who has control.

Jessica and Claire breaking Luke out of hospital

Another interesting dynamic is the discussion between Claire Temple and Luke, Claire is left with Luke in order to try and help keep him alive, she believes in both Jessica and Luke for being positive influences. It is quite refreshing to have someone else believe in her as well as the main cast because it felt like an outsiders point of view.

The Verdict

AKA Smile is a really good end to an awesome season, it has left so many subplots open and yet developed the characters in such a way that it feels like a convenient breaking point. The voice over at the end also keeps the character alive and conflicted not wanting to except she could be a Super Hero. Could Malcolm be her guardian angel to help her concentrate on being the hero everyone knows she can be?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 12 “AKA Take a Bloody Number” Review

“AKA Take a Bloody Number” see’s Luke introduced back to the fold and has Jessica asking questions. The problem becomes is whether or not to trust Luke or not. They both know that Killgrave had control over Luke but the question still resides to whether or not Killgrave still has control over him or not? With Albert working to make him stronger.

AKA Take a Bloody Number feels really subdued after the build up of AKA I’ve Got The Blues and the awesome fight that Trish and Jessica had with Simpson, this issue kind of takes a back seat at this point however because focus now that Luke and Jessica is back together is Killgrave. The dynamic of Luke and Jessica really is interesting this episode as they are dealing with past issues, they have a very good moment up on rooftop while scoping out a lead.

Jessica and Luke on the Roof top

Killgrave on the other hand, just as you thought you could start sympathising with him a few episodes ago, starts turning demonic as the dynamic between him and his father is shown. His regard for his family and his father is shown to be non-existent when he forces his father to work harder without sleep by having his father hover his right hand above a blender with the threat of having him push it down to the blade.

Trish finds out a new discovery though that could blow the whole thing sky-high when she gets help from her mother. This does seem a little odd and although Trish doesn’t really want to deal with her mother due to the abuse that was inflicted on her as a kid, and explained in AKA I’ve got the Blues. She has some information that Jessica might need but will she tell her?

Killgrave and the Blender trick

When Jessica and Luke, however, do eventually catch up with Killgrave there is a shocking discovery and Jessica is forced to fight Luke. This scene is really well done because Jessica is forced to fight someone that she cares about and is actually stronger than her. She pleads with Luke to fight what Killgrave is doing to him but can her or will she have to do something unthinkable?

The Verdict

AKA Take a Bloody Number is all about trust, will Jessica trust Luke and can Trish trust her mother in order to get some vital information about Jessica and try and put the pieces together. The other thing to note of this episode is how Malcolm and Robyn seem to be getting closer. The episode although feel subdued in the beginning soon picked up the pace and started to ask even more questions, with some really good dialogue and action to boot.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 11 “AKA I’ve Got The Blues” Review

AKA I’ve Got The Blues is a very aptly named episode after the mayhem that was brought to the world in AKA 1,000 Cuts.

AKA 1,000 Cuts had seen the dark side of all characters even leading to some characters going along a different path than you would expect. Jessica is struggling with the fact that she has the power to ignore Killgrave’s commands and wondering how long she had, had that ability and whether or not she could have saved others sooner. Along with Hope now giving Jessica the reason to kill Killgrave. The major factor was Hope keeping Killgrave alive to clear her, and when faced with an impossible decision whether to save Hope or save a group of people. Hope took the decision out of Jessica’s hands by killing herself in AKA 1,000 Cuts leaving it wide open for Jessica.

Trish and Jessica when they were younger in a Flashback

Having all this happen in the previous episode AKA I’ve Got The Blues, did slow down quite a bit, having Killgrave out of this episode and concentrate on other subplots in the season. Jessica was in a mad rush to try and locate Albert, as she wasn’t sure how Killgrave was going to use him or whether he was just going to kill him. Jeri, Pam and Wendy was also casualties in this episode as they didn’t feature and this kind of left the wonder on how everything has panned at there, especially as Jeri has become a staple of the season always having some sort of appearance in the show.

Jessica fighting Simpson

 

The biggest thing, however, to come from the episode as far as action was concerned was the fight between Simpson, Trish and Jessica as the Simpson character seem to become more and more conflicted. Which does resort in Trish taking some extreme actions to help an already wounded Jessica. The aftermath of the fight brought some interesting flashbacks and showed what a bound that Jessica and Trish have and why. Robyn has become quite an annoyance but now she becomes the devil on Malcolm’s shoulder trying to turn him against Jessica.

There was also quite a sinister turn at the end of the episode which reintroduced Luke Cage into the story which brings in something different for the search for Killgrave.

The Verdict

AKA I’ve Got The Blues was the calming episode, it held some great dialogue and was a much-needed change of pace. The focus on Killgrave had taken over the season in the last couple of episodes and although that is the focus of season there had been too many subplots that had not yet to be explored. Although the season as got quite serious they did manage to squeeze in some really good humour to this episode even in some of the darkest places. Is this calm before the storm?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 10 “AKA 1,000 Cuts” Review

AKA 1,000 Cuts is a fast paced quick discoveries and a constant battle between what characters should or shouldn’t do.

AKA Sin Bin so Killgrave escape from the custody that he had found him with Trish having to whether some of the blame for that as she shot the glass out that was protecting everyone that wasn’t in the cell with Killgrave. However, this wasn’t the real thing to focus on, because up until now the storyline between Jeri, Pam and Wendy has been something if not a little odd. It was a storyline that ok filled out the episodes but as a viewer other than seeing Jeri in less control than she seemed to be it didn’t seem to have a bearing on what was really happening. Until now because Jeri breaks Killgrave out in order to make sure that she can get her divorce papers signed. Which now for the story standpoint makes huge sense because up until this point no one else now has the motive to help Killgrave get out of his predicament.

Will Jessica accept Killgraves offer?

The big discovery however from AKA Sin Bin was that Jessica was immune to Killgrave’s powers and that his powers were actually a virus. This was huge because now people are getting a better understanding how they could potentially stop him for good. Jessica’s blood was the care although it did force Jeri to admit that she had taken the fetus from Hope and that she wasn’t able to get anything from it to try and get Killgrave’s powers.

There were some innocent casualties in this episode that has really changed the game and will be very interesting to see how it unfolds because the actions of some people could seriously change the outcome and what happens next is anyone’s guess. I noted change is, however, Simpson, as been seen throughout the season so far Simpson’s obsession with not just catching Killgrave but killing him could he have stepped too over the line in order to be still considered a good guy?

The Verdict

AKA 1,000 Cuts is an episode when it was feeling like there was light at the end of the tunnel as far as the season was concerned this episode has taken it into deeper and darker places. This episode just brought together the rough brutality that was needed while still adding the ever increasing depth to the characters involved.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 9 “AKA Sin Bin” Review

AKA Sin Bin has Killgrave locked up and has Jessica finally in the driving seat. The problem with this, however, becomes when they introduce Killgrave’s parents into the mix.

In AKA WWJD Killgrave started to open up and have a sort of childlike attitude to whether or not he could change his ways. As an audience, it gave them a chance to start to sympathise with him. Killgrave was developing as a character and it started to feel like there was a nicer side to him as Jessica worked with him. Killgrave’s parents were portrayed as evil as they did experiments on him when his parents are brought to him to help get evidence in order to convict him the truth starts to come out and it might actually be what has been told so far.

Everyone together now but is the plan going to work?

Jessica has the control yes but it’s getting the evidence together so they can free Hope and get the charges dropped that is the problem. Now that she has Killgrave where she wants him she can’t just leave him there or kill him because she wouldn’t have the evidence she needs. This, however, brings its own set of problems as she needs the help of others. Jeri is one and this could be a fatal mistake with the way her divorce proceedings is going as Jeri starts to see the potential that Killgrave has for her.

Will Jeri make a deal with Killgrave?

Will Simpson also seems to have a secret, because as he is bleeding to death he makes Trish gets him to a certain Doctor for treatment it becomes apparent he is able to access other drugs. There seems to be a strong link towards Captain America style but in tablet form what exactly they do is still unknown but they seem to be some sort of enhancers.

The Verdict

AKA Sin Bin is one of the best episodes yet in the season because it combines drama suspense, action and the unknown, Jessica makes an alarming discovery as well that could be a huge game changer for everyone.