It seems fairly unlikely at this point that director David O. Russell will see the same kind of across-the-board awards season love that his last few pictures have enjoyed, particularly crowd and critical favorites “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” Still, that hardly means that “Joy” itself isn’t worthy of consideration — far from it. Though it’s undeniably flawed, “Joy” is another one of Russell’s winning, warm-hearted odes to personal rejuvenation — not to mention it boasts another fiery, incredibly watchable turn from the director’s muse-of-the-moment, Jennifer Lawrence. It’s an ambitious, somewhat inscrutable oddity that’s likely to remain sadly overlooked in a post-holiday awards season that’s flooded with more accessible and decidedly less experimental films.
While presumably doing the press rounds for “Joy,” Russell took time out of his busy schedule to speak with the legendary Charlie Rose. Russell has been interviewed by Rose before — most notably promoting 2010’s “The Fighter,” and once with Bradley Cooper to talk about “American Hustle.” This time around, he’s joined by members of his wonderful cast — Edgar Ramirez and Robert DeNiro — who respectively play Joy Mangano’s lounge singer ex-husband and her hot-tempered, yet sensitive father. It’s a terrific talk: the two actors discuss what it’s been like to become a part of Russell’s extended cinematic family, while the director himself assesses his own ongoing cinematic journey and speculates on what’s to come. Like the characters in his movies, Mr. Russell is a true searcher — which, if he can continue to give us movies as bizarre and interesting as “Joy,” is very much a good thing.
Watch the entirety of Russell’s interview, and you can also listen to the filmmaker’s interview on this week’s Empire Podcast below too.