Feel Good Movie that Gets the Job Done

The Intern

            Robbie K back again with another movie review. This time I’ll be focusing on the latest Comedy entitled the Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. These two actors are legends for bringing roles to life, and from the trailers promise to bring their talents back to the silver screen for a heartwarming adventure. Does this movie live up to that promise? As always please read on to find out.

The story of the Intern is a simple tale about two lost people in need of something to help get their lives back on track. It’s plot is very formulaic, lacking any twists or turns to offset the predictable path it follows. Both characters backgrounds are very typical of Nancy Meyers’ work involving some unbalanced, dramatic family dynamic that is in need of some tuning up. Despite the familiar plot dynamic, The Intern somehow stands out from the mire of comedies that currently flood the market. For one, the movie is very relatable and realistic, with characters you latch on to within twenty minutes of the film’s start. Ben (De Niro) and Jules (Hathaway) are characters who have morals and qualities fans of all ages will love, such as diligence, compassion, and rationality that many comedy/drama characters lack. And for once I wasn’t annoyed by characters in a comedy/drama, but rather interested in seeing where their stories would go. In addition, the story kept taking different avenues, mixing up the drama to provide different obstacles for our characters to overcome (much like life), keeping things fresh. The major flaws with this story are small gaps that arise in the plot, things conveniently being settled at a drop of the hat, and some transitions that were a bit to random for me.

But while the story is not the most unique, or exciting for that matter, The Intern does provide a handful of life lessons wrapped in a heart string tugging package. Ben’s morals are motivating, traditional values from a dying generation that are designed to motivate and inspire one to work hard and help others. Jules characteristics are meant to be empowering, breaking the traditional stay at home mom role and portraying women kicking modern day business in the can. While these morals may seem cheesy, and overdone, Meyers manages to deliver them in a very appropriate manner that bypasses the preachy, in your face lessons. Even the romantic dilemmas are professionally portrayed, bypassing the movie magic and instead giving a realistic approach as to how to handle problems. Perhaps the biggest, unrealistic component is the fact that everyone actually listened to them without much resistance, seeing as humans are so open for taking advice these days.

No matter how well a character is designed though, you need an actor to bring it to life, which this assembled cast more than accomplishes. De Niro continues his impressive track record, somehow playing epic characters, yet somehow playing himself. He brings that warm smile that brings confidence and wisdom, no matter the situation. Hathaway as well impressed me, as she wears the multiple hats of boss, friend, mother, and wife. She covers the emotional spectrum and manages to sell the pain and pressure that Jules suffers from. Separate these two are strong, but when acting together they are on an even higher level of quality. The supporting cast is fantastic as well, each well balanced into the grand story to play their parts and provide the laughs we so need.

Speaking of laughs, the Intern’s comedy was a nice break from the overacted and ridiculously stupid stunts many comedies take these days. Instead it is witty, loaded with clever dialogue that is well timed and simplistic and for once not over done or drawn out in length. It branches across the age generations covering topics like love, balancing life with career, morals between old and new generations and bridging the technology gap. Each of these topics was tastefully done, relying on the actor’s delivery to be funny instead of just some stupid catchphrase meant to be posted on memes.

The Intern is not the most unique movie to grace the theaters, and it feels very much like a typical Nancy Meyer’s work. However, this movie throws at a lot of the movie magic and melodramatic drama for a film that is fun, positive, and a good bridge across generation gaps. The little family established in this picture will pull you into movie, and the two hours will fly by as you become engrossed in the characters’ lives. For quality acting and a fun movie, The Intern is worth a trip to the theater, despite it’s lacking of special effects. I encourage many to check it out when it comes out on Netflix or RedBox in the future.

My scores for the Intern are:

Comedy: 8.0

Movie Overall: 8.0