The David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film is becoming something of a Christmas tradition. This year, the film is Joy, which is again also written by O. Russell, and the trailer hopes to convince you of nothing so much as that his last two films will serve you as bellwethers for how much you will like this one.
Joy is the somewhat bizarre story of a family, and it spans four generations (but, there’s a lot of Lawrence in the trailer). It’s the story of the founding of a business dynasty, which includes betrayal, treachery, and apparently every other vague and negative description you can think of. It screams of the “plans gone wrong” development we saw in American Hustle, and the “character you can’t completely make sense of” exploration from Silver Linings Playbook.
The trailer is one of the better efforts to piece out a story you’ll see, and includes some very interesting notes, including a montage of sorts that show Lawrence through a variety of stages of life. It’s oddly compelling.
Take a look, and mark your calendar.
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.