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Jennifer Lawrence has her game face on in David O. Russell's Joy.

David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ is the underrated ugly duckling of 2015

When I assess films, I often look for a degree of perfection, a sense that everything is in its right place and has a purpose within a film. Joy is very, very far from achieving this kind of precision. Rumors circulated prior to its release that there post-production struggles and that they were having difficulty completing the film in time for its Christmas day release. When the credits roll, you will see four editors listed, which I consider ample evidence to confirm the accuracy of those rumors. The film confirms them too, as it is a choppy, sloppy, and somewhat scatterbrained string of sequences. There is a lot to criticize about David O. Russell’s Joy. But at the end of the day, I just didn’t care because its just so much damn fun to hang out with these characters. What Joy may lack in precision, it more than makes up for in ambition and sheer entertainment. Continue reading David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ is the underrated ugly duckling of 2015

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