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Jennifer Lawrence means business in joyous first trailer for Joy

The first trailer for David O Russell's Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro continues the acclaimed directors' spiritually connected movie series of sorts in a fantastic blend of comedy and drama.

hollywood Updated: Oct 14, 2015 09:19 IST
Rohan Naahar
Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times
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Jennifer Lawrence means business in first trailer for Joy. (YouTube)

Listen to me, I'll tell you what's going to come of you. You are going to grow up, and be a strong, smart young woman, go to school, meet a fine young man, have beautiful children of your own, and you're going to build wonderful things, and that is what is going to happen to you.

Joy Mangano's mother has these words of wisdom for her daughter as the first trailer of director David O Russell's new film, Joy begins. Alas, that's not how it's going to pan out.

This is a trailer that plays out, for the most part, without any dialogue, no real indication of the plot, but manages to capture the essence of the film, and what looks to be another great performance by star Jennifer Lawrence.

It is a musical montage set to the tune of You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones, bluntly letting us all know that Joy is a girl who has always been told to live within her limits, to not dream to big, to not think outside the box. But that's exactly what she does: After a few shots of Lawrence working mundane jobs, we see an almost surreal scene of epiphany.

Watch the trailer here

Joy breaks free, starts planning and the rest, as they say, is history. Joy Mangano becomes an inventor and the head of a large business empire.

The trailer takes us through the ups and downs of her endeavours. As they official synopsis points out,

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.

After collaborating with Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won an Oscar, and American Hustle, which earned her another nomination, Lawrence is on the fast-track to more Oscar attention.

Russell, too, seems to be creating a spiritually connected series of sorts. Joy shares style and tone with the director's last two films in a good way, perfectly balancing comedy and drama, and even though there aren't any of Russell's great lines to be heard here, we can be sure to expect an endless treasure trove of quotable goodies.

Joy opens Christmas day and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Viginia Madsen and Edgar Ramirez. It is written and directed by David O Russell from a story he co-wrote with Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids).

Listen to You Can't Always Get What You Want here


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