Christmas is filled with competition this year, and David O. Russell’s Joy is only one of the heavy hitters making its way to theaters that day. Despite going up against Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Inarritu’s The Revenant, Joy certainly has a few tricks up its sleeve. With its first trailer released in July teasing a somewhat quirky take on the life of inventor Joy Mangano, this new trailer truly highlights the key points of the film, mainly hinting at another attention-grabbing performance from lead Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s the synopsis:
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.
Joy reunites Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro yet again in their third film with David O. Russell. Russell, along with screenwriter Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), appears to be further exploring familial relationships as he did in Silver Linings Playbook in a more frantic and revealing way (talk about a perfect Christmas movie). With meaty roles in both that and American Hustle, Joy is Lawrence’s chance to prove that she can successfully lead a huge ensemble film that isn’t catered to teens. The rest of the ensemble includes Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Edgar Ramirez, and Diane Ladd.
Joy hits theaters in the US December 25. Check out the trailer below: