Friday, 15 April 2016

The Intern

Lowdown: A retired veteran assuming an intern position helps sort out a modern startup run by a young woman.
Whichever way I look at it, and no matter how much I thought Robert De Niro shines in his role, I keep coming back to the conclusion The Intern is a movie that basically says a woman cannot succeed without a man by her side. Rather surprising, given this is a movie made by Nancy Meyers and starring Anne Hathaway.
But I'm ahead of myself. As movies go, The Intern is a romantic comedy sans romance, whose main ace in the hole is the idea of bringing a well into his seventies De Niro into a modern age Internet startup as a lowly intern. Countering him is Hathaway, the founder of said fashion store startup, who is very passionate about it all but is clearly struggling with how to turn her business from a startup into a proper, mature, firm. As a bonus, she has some trouble at home, too. Utilising her new intern's experience, nothing can stand in the way of this company becoming yet another institutionalised employee abuser! [I'm referring to the ongoing depiction of employees expected to contribute their entire wakeful time, as well as large portions of their sleep time, to their employer. Americans, or at least Hollywood, seem to regard this as a virtue.]
Generally speaking, affairs work the normal Meyers way. You won't blow your stomach away with laughter, but you won't be bored either. Which serves mostly to support De Niro's performance standing out.
Overall: Easy entertainment with some noticeable issues. 2.5 out of 5 crabs.

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