“You’re never wrong to do the right thing.” – Mark Twain
The Intern, as per IMDb page, tells a story about a 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
The movie is a comedy and stars Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway with Rene Russo and a lot of side characters which gave some flavor to the flick though they seem to be forgettable at times when you delve more into the story and rapport between Ben and Jules but all the characters complimented each other which gave the movie a good flow until the end. There are hits and misses for this as a comedy film but the lightness it brought made me appreciate the movie. The plot is very simple yet I like how human the story was and how it celebrated the simple joys, the successes and failures of life. The movie taught me about the value of self worth and contradicting the clichés of life.
I really enjoyed watching both deNiro and Hathaway on the screen since I really felt that they embodied their characters. deNiro’s acting performance is subtle but heartfelt and Hathaway was, as always, great. She always fit into this kind of movie while no doubt being superb in drama. I have mixed emotions though with regard to the length of the movie since I was starting to get attached to their characters, I didn’t mind the almost 2 hours and wanted more of their story and at the same time, felt that there are some scenes which are unnecessary.
I will rate the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is not a great movie but it is likable and very decent one. It couldn’t hurt a bit for more running minutes though in the movie just to tackle and resolve conflicts in Jules’ personal and career life.
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