Movie Review: Delightfully insightful – Comedy takes on a whole new dimension in “The Intern”

Yvonne Williams

Sometimes life’s most precious memories are created by the simplest of things and sometimes the most beautiful things come in presumably unlikely packages… Funny, some of the strongest friendships have been known to stem from shaky beginnings.

From Nancy Meyers of “It’s Complicated”, “The Parent Trap” and “What Women Want”, “The Intern”, starring Oscars winning actors Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, is one heartwarming comedy package which delivers brilliantly indeed.

The American comedy film which aims to address issues bordering on career and marriage, gender roles and feminism, subtly buttresses its message without judgment or bias with constant dozes of humour, embellished tastefully with insightful/ introspective dialogue and suspense.

“The Intern” just like its name suggests, portrays an intergenerational platonic friendship between a thirty something year old workaholic, founder of an online clothing website Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) and a 70 year old bored widower/ retiree Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) who signs up for an internship programme.

Movie Review: Delightfully insightful – Comedy takes on a whole new dimension in “The Intern”

Although slightly similar to “The Devil Wears Prada”, luckily the tables turn this time for Anne Hathaway as she bags the role of a fashion genius who builds an empire within 18 months. She’s the boss and a likable one at that, who gets to call all the shots instead of being a forgettable intern in the fashion world and of course, many thanks to a “senior internship” program in her company, Ben (Robert De Niro) aka “Mr. Capable”/ “Mr. Reliable” gets hired as her personal assistant/ intern.

Interestingly, unlike what gender and cultural roles dictate, she’s the bread winner with a stay at home husband Matt (Anders Holm), who is seemingly content with the decision HE made to give up his career and take care of the home. So the cards dictate that Matt cheers her on while she strives to achieve her dream.

But how does this sensitive decision play out, does Jules get to have it all? Does she get to have that oh so almost “unrealistic success story” of being a happily married and extremely successful wife with a less successful husband, or do the walls come crashing down? With Ben’s genial feminist stand and ever constant dependable words of wisdom, you get to find out if Jules achieves fulfillment at last!

“The Intern” is no doubt one full package; it’s fun, sweet, insightful, refreshing, thought provoking, unpredictable and simply enjoyable.

The movie impressively pulls off a memorable watch with its brilliant dialogue, effortless screen chemistry and powerful deliveries by Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

Marital stability, professional achievement, sexism and feminism are issues which the movie tries to address and it does just that effortlessly as scenes will show; scene where fellow kindergarten moms  regard  Jules’ success in the professional world with contempt because it’s “degrading” for her husband to be a stay at home dad.

Dialogue between Ben and Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect), Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley and Andrew Rannells as he gives them a few pointers on “gentlemanliness” and decorum. Jules’s investors trying to play superhero by searching for a male replacement to unburden her seemingly delicate shoulders…

The intern will leave audience satisfied with its charm, deep insight and many laughs – Brilliant watch!

Happenings Media