I sat and watched Joy (directed by David O. Russell) and I can’t remember being aware of anything else that was going on around me for the entire time. I was sucked in totally and I did not want it to ever end. It goes without saying that Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper are all incredible, but it is the fact that the story is the true life of Joy Mangano who in spite of everything made a huge success of herself.
For those of you who don’t know (or have been living under a rock) Joy invented the Miracle Mop, you know the one that self-rings (Google it). She didn’t have a great life, she grew up surrounded by relatives who cared more about themselves than about the young person in their house, and she spent the first few years of her adult life picking up after everyone. She was utterly worn down, and then she remembered who she really was and invented the mop, she defied all odds and it was a huge success. Joy is a real woman who has a complicated family and two small children to support, but she had an otherworldly gift and strength and she was never kowtowed, and she never let anyone tell her how to run her business. I think it’s pretty obvious that Joy Mangano has become a huge inspiration to me, and I don’t think her story could have been told by anyone other than David O. Russell.
The ending of the film is the most satisfying thing I have ever watched, her life and business venture was a pure rollercoaster but the beauty is in the way that Joy never had some sort of plan mapped out in her mind. She responded to the situations that landed in her lap, and never gave in because she believed and knew that her invention was the best. She remained humble and helped others to achieve their dreams, she went on to invent so many things that you probably didn’t even realise she created (I know I certainly didn’t), including those velvet hangers that prevent your clothes from falling off and so much more. She turned her destitute life around and made something of herself even though so many people wanted to see her fail.
I wouldn’t want to give too much away because the experience of watching this film is like nothing else. As soon as it finished I ran into my mum’s room and told her all about how amazing it was, it has a firm spot in my top 5 and I’ve already ordered it on DVD so that I can force every person I have ever spoken to, to watch it with me.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, the soundtrack is bloody brilliant.
Tags: Bradley Cooper, Business, David O. Russel, Dream, Family, Inventor, Jennifer Lawrence, Joy, Joy Mangano, Miracle Mop, Reviews, Robert De Niro