JOY ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by David O Rus­sell. Star­ring Jen­nifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Is­abella Ros­sellini

The rise, fall and rise again of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), the real-life Long Is­land typhoon who cre­ated the Mir­a­cle Mop. Rus­sell’s lat­est feels like a work in progress. Joy is a good deal more au­then­tic than the er­satz Amer­i­can Hus­tle. It is less sen­ti­men­tal than the com­pro­mised Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book. I look for­ward greatly to see­ing Joy when it fi­nally de­cides what it wants to be. Un­til then, we can savour the con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent per­for­mances. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 123 min

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