The Intern (2015)
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Director: Nancy Meyers
Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language
Ben a 70 year old widower is feeling bored with his retired life. He applies for a job at an online fashion retail site and gets the position of a Senior Intern under the leadership of Jules Ostin who is the company’s founder and a demanding workaholic. Jules who has her own style of working feels burdened in his presence and avoids giving him work. However, Ben proves to be quite resourceful and soon becomes a source of support and wisdom for Jules.
The Intern is a film which is many sided and covers quite a few different topics in a way that is enjoyable and easy to watch. It is a warm, feel good movie and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. This film successfully proves that age is just a number and you are never too old to go to work.
The concept of a senior citizen intern was something that I wasn’t aware off. Robert De Niro plays the role of “Ben” a 70 year old widower who is appointed as “The Intern”. He is a little out of touch with the ways of the modern working world and is not technically savvy. I was curious to know how the internship will affect Ben’s life. I also wanted to observe the dynamics of a work environment where a 70 year old has to adjust with co-workers who are half his age or lesser.
Anne Hathaway is brilliant in the role of “Jules” who is Ben’s boss and the company founder. She is a young and dynamic entrepreneur who also happens to be married and has a kid. Her husband takes on the responsibility of a “Stay at Home” Dad so that she can fully concentrate on her work. The story of the movie unfolds from the perspective of both the main leads. Jules’ point of view showcases her struggle to find a balance between the rigors of a demanding job and devoting quality time with her husband and daughter. Ben’s point of view showcases the perspective of a wise and older person who doesn’t get flustered that easily and is able to impart wisdom at the right moments.
The relationship between Ben and Jules is beautifully done. It shows that in our modern day society, a close relationship need not be sexual in any way. It teaches us how to earn respect and grow a non-sexual relationship over a period of time. Relationship is not an excuse for instant gratification. One has to work at it accepting each other’s flaws and weaknesses.
The powerful chemistry between the two main leads binds the film for the entire length of 120 minutes. What the film lacks is a little editing. There are too many irrelevant subplots which at times drag the film. However the great supporting cast along with the dialogue, screenplay and acting make this movie an engaging watch. The film is both funny and moving and it works as an intelligent exploration of relationships, identity and purpose. My verdict on the movie is 8/10.
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