Movie Review: The Intern

On my 14-hour flight back to JFK to get back to school, I was looking for a great movie to entertain myself during a rather tedious flight. Looking through trailers, I discovered The Intern, a movie about an elderly man (Robert DeNiro) who retired from work but realized that his life basically revolved around his passion for work. When he coincidentally finds a pamphlet asking for old interns (to provide moral support for Anne Hathaway, CEO of a clothing company), he applies and gets to meet her, becoming the best life advisor for a young woman endeavoring to live the hectic life of the modern world. The Intern, although labeled as a comedy film, is not merely a movie to just laugh at and release our stress.

The movie has so many valuable merits. Firstly, reflected in his advice to Anne Hathaway, Robert DeNiro’s wise experience and words give the audience guidelines for living in this busy and feverish world. Anne Hathaway is overwhelmed; some time for oneself and relaxation is key for self-development. Secondly, we can feel the familial warmth from the two unrelated people. Robert DeNiro’s wisdom, consideration, and benevolent words fill our rather detached lives with heartwarming affection for human relationships. Lastly, the movie also sends an important message to society that we should not neglect the elderly and consider them not valuable. The wisdom, experience, career, understanding, and love of the elderly are often qualities that can save us from the selfish rush for success and life problems that sometimes overwhelm us altogether. This is a can’t miss movie. If you want to feel some emotional and mental healing, or want a heart-warming experience, you should definitely watch this movie.

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The Big Short – Elucidating the Economy

When my parents dragged me to The Big Short, I was unenthused and dubious. I know little to the nothing about the complex world of economics and the stock market crash of 2008 came when I was a mere fourth grader. Despite my finite knowledge of the topic the film grapples with so expertly, I found myself captivated the entire two hours. The movie’s illustrious cast (Bale, Gosling, Carell, Pitt) allows for a comedic undercurrent that complements the heavy, intricate plotline perfectly. The movie’s intention is to clarify the clandestine crash of 2008 with the help of today’s biggest Hollywood icons. Due in part to a smart script, a humorous ensemble cast, and a plotline that has begged for clarity since 2008, The Big Short is a well-executed Hollywood lark. The movie follows the discovery (led by Christian Bale’s character, Michael Burry) of the imminent stock market crash, in which “subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting.” Despite the unfamiliar language of the film, it is in fact targeted to an audience that is as oblivious as myself. Through a unique incorporation of celebrities, delivering ridiculous synopses of the 2008 crash, viewers begin to solidify their once cursory knowledge of the topic. Regardless of my previous loyalty to the actors in the film, The Big Short is a wonderfully executed movie: funny, smart, and ultimately, elucidating. In spite of its lack of attention given at last night’s Oscars, I highly recommend giving it your own attention.

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That’s Dope!

Dope, Rick Famuyiwa’s latest film, centers on Malcolm and his friends Jib and Diggy, misfit teens obsessed with 90s hip-hop in their notoriously dangerous city of Inglewood, California. One day after school, Malcolm meets Dom, a drug dealer, who invites him to his birthday party, a change from Malcolm’s school-centered lifestyle. At the party, chaos ensues as rival gang members interrupt Dom’s molly transactions in the back room. The next day, Malcolm walks through the security checkpoint at his school to find out Dom had quickly stuffed the molly into his backpack at the party. Thus begins Malcolm and his friends’ adventure as different people are trying to get the drugs from them. This movie deals with racial stereotypes and the social dynamics in high school, especially in rougher neighborhoods, with the pressures of good and evil as influencers. In the movie, Malcolm is under the pressure of applying to colleges, with his sights set on Harvard, but his circumstances and critics present an obstacle. The movie ends with Malcolm writing his college admission essay, which addresses all of these themes and ends with a thought provoking-line that relates to our society today. I thought this movie nicely blended important topics such as the corruption of youth and racism with interesting cinematography and plot. The addition of cameos by multiple famous rappers and models and the upbeat hip-hop soundtrack were also worked nicely into the movie.

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