Feel-good movie lets actors shine
By Clare Driscoll, ’19
The Intern is a humorous, feel good movie that shows a clashing of two generations in the modern day workplace. Directed and written by Nancy Meyers this movie is highly entertaining and a fantastic performance from the actors. However, there were some issues in the writing it’s still worth the watch.
Released on Sept. 25, this movie starring Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin the creator of a new online shopping site that has recently hit a goldmine of success based in New York City. Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker an elderly man who is realizing that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When Ben applies for an internship at Jules’ company she is skeptical that he will slow down her high paced lifestyle but, over the course of the movie, Ben teaches Jules about the important things in life while helping her with everything from her family life to repairing her company. Though this movie was highly entertaining and had fantastic individual performances from the actors.
The movie was carried by the spot on acting done by Anne Hathaway and Robert Deniro. Both actors developed the onscreen friendship between their characters Ben and Jules in a way that is unexpected from such diverse actors. At the beginning of the movie you can tell Jules feels like Ben is a burden on her not only through her words but the way she acts while he is around. During this portion of their relationship she practically ignores his willingness to help her out. Soon she is forced to accept his aid due to a mistake with her personal driver. This makes her realize the kind person he is and she opens up about the struggles of being a working mother and balancing the stress of the company. This car ride sets the foundation of their tight relationship that only grows when Jules encounters problems and seeks Ben’s wisdom from things as small as needing a babysitter to changing the way her company operates.
Another acting win for this movie is De Niro distancing himself from his usual character. In most movies he plays intense characters such as Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II and Jack Byrne in Meet The Fockers that intimidate those around him. But in this film, De Niro portrays a kind, good natured retiree who constantly works his hardest to succeed in life. He shows this through his selflessness, in all the times he goes out of his way to help Jules in daily life from driving her around, to organizing the office, and even watching her daughter when
One other enjoyable part of The Intern was Nancy Myers’ commitment to the setting of the film. Many recent movies such as Trainwreck and Ted 2 glorify life in New York City making it seem like a magical place. While this film does show some of the positives of the Big Apple, it doesn’t sugarcoat the problems such as heavy traffic, noise, and the expensive cost of living. There are many times in the movie when the characters are short for cash, or can’t get where they need to go because of the traffic. These minor details created more of a connection to the film to real life, making it a more enjoyable experience for the viewer.
Though the majority of The Intern was thought out and had an extremely developed plot, the end felt quite rushed and there was a need for more closure. The end happens in about a five minute span only tying the loose ends for two of the many major and minor plot points developed through the course of the story. That left moviegoers feeling like the story was just not finished, almost like the writers reached the climax and decided they were done writing right there and wanted to finish up. There were lots of plot holes come the end of the movie that can’t be described without spoiling major events in the plot.
Though the Intern did have its flaws in the writing, the rest of the movies superb acting and attention to detail, and overall humorous and feel good attitude towards the working world made it worth the trip to the movies. on a scale of one to ten this PG13 film is a strong seven.