Just because life may seem over this film shows it can just as easily begin again
There are a number of good comedies that came out this year like Spy, Ricki and the Flash and Ted 2. But none of those films were like The Intern. It has Robert De Niro in a comedic role that is rare for him. It is a very well written film that looks at life after work and what is there to do next. Here is what this writer thought of this comedy coming out next Friday.
Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a man who has been retired for many years. This wouldn’t be so bad if his wife was still with him but sadly she died four years ago. Since that happened his life has been boring and all he does each day is try to find things to keep him busy. There is little that makes him happy anymore and all he wants is something to give his life meaning again. One day while he is walking away from the store he sees an advertisement for a job opening, one that is looking for senior citizens to work as interns for an online company. Ben grabs it and decides to give it a shot although he doubts he will get it.
Enter Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) a woman who is young and very busy for so many reasons. Not only is she the CEO of a huge online fashion company but she is also a mom. When Ben gets hired to be her intern she thinks it is a joke and she says there isn’t really anything for him to do for her right now. Jules doesn’t want an intern but for now she is stuck with him. Why does she have to have Ben as her intern? What is his purpose working for her? And is there any way at all that this bad situation could become a good thing ?
The film takes a rough look at the later years in life. Ben is an old man who no longer has the one person who made his life worth living and without her he is not sure what to do next. But the film also looks at how crazy life is for those in their 20s. If you want to have any kind of success you have to work long hours and get little sleep, or so this films seems to think. Jules works herself ragged most days and it is hard to believe she can keep it going forever. Those who work for her also live fast and work hard to just get by. It shows a real problem with society and one that Ben sees right away.
These two different worlds come together and instead of clashing they find a way to enrich each other for the better. From Ben having to learn how to use technology that usually baffles him to him giving advice to the younger men he works with to help them with issues they are having. It is often hilarious to see the results but at the same time there are some heartfelt moments. The whole cast has come together to make a rare type of comedy, one that everyone can relate to in some way. The sets are beautiful and show the bright side of city life. But the greatest thing about this picture is its message which is so powerful. It shows over and over again that just when life seems to be over it can begin again and become something no one thought possible. The film also shows that if you want something you have to take a risk, if you do this your life will be full and enriching.
This movie deserves 10/10. There is not one bad thing that this writer can say about this film. From the cast to the soundtrack down to the clever plot and twists and turns that happen along the way. All of these elements have made something really special and all ages can learn something. It true that those who will get the most out of it are people in their 30s, 20s and those later in life and yet other people should see it too.
If you want to see a really good comedy you must watch this movie. If you are a fan of Robert De Niro this is a film you will not want to miss. It is one of the best comedies this writer has seen all year and you won’t want to miss this one, trust me you will regret it if you do.
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