Sunday, August 14, 2022

Movie Review: Intern (2015)

The story follows Ben Whitaker (Robert De Niro), a 70-year-old widower who stays active because retirement from the phone company wasn’t going good for him. One day, He notices a leaflet promoting senior citizen internships. Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) runs a fast-paced fashion online retailing website. Jules is reluctantly compelled to have Ben as her assistant after a chaotic eighteen months for the married mother. Matt, her husband, resigned from his position to be a homemaker.

This is a friend-com rather than a rom-com. As the wonderful elderly fella with all the solutions and wisdom for the youth, De Niro is perhaps too perfect. The characters in this film seem a little too neat and tidy. Hathaway is a multi-tasking internet CEO who is driven. Although the characters are generic, the actors bring them to life. Some of the supporting characters enjoy a good time. Even if Nancy Meyers is attempting to imply something, the major revelation doesn’t really add any drama. It all comes together to make a terrific match between these two talented actors.

Robert De Niro as Ben Whitaker & Anne Hatheway as Jules Ostin in The Intern. © RatPac-Dune Entertainment/ Waverly Films/ Warner Bros. Pictures. 2015.

There’s never too late to learn

At first glance, the film seemed to show a comedy about an elderly man who returns to work and stumbles with modern technology and work practices. There are a few cases of this, but the film is much more than a narrative about generational divides. It seems more like a drama instead of a comedy, but it’s still good to watch. Themes include generational insight, not criticizing others based on their age (or whatever superficial), and optimizing people’s abilities. It’s also a film about making a fresh start and doing what you love.

This is a heartfelt but unsurprising performance and It’s nevertheless a pleasant two hours. Respectively De Niro and Hathaway deliver solid performances, and their connection intertwines so smooth throughout the film. It’s light, relatable, and just enjoyable.

Syifa Ramadhani
An undergrad student who takes joy in writing.

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