Classics never fall by the wayside. The Intern is a wonderful feel-good movie that stirs your emotions. I give it an A.
Robert DeNiro plays Ben Whittaker, a widower and retiree with time on his hands who decides to return to the workforce as an intern at a new start-up hip company run by Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin. The age difference is a big part of the jokes as Jules’ company is cutting edge with IT and social media. Enter a man who still uses a slide-rule and the fun ensues. Ben has much to catch up to, and finds the family he’s been missing, but it’s his classic character and gentlemanly manners that ends up changing the younger generation as well.
DeNiro in The Intern is a kinder gentler DeNiro and I suspect that he didn’t have to act much for this role, which reminded me of Mrs. Doubtfire. I could see Robin Williams in this role. DeNiro can still convey much in a glance or lift of his brow. As we’ve moved away from the past where men carried hankies and wore ties, we’ve lost some of the class and dare I say…quality of man.
Hathaway is wonderful as the fashion forward woman (Devil Wears Prada) with emotional baggage. She’s someone who others want to reach out to and care for. And while neither of the leads show their acting chops, they’ve created characters you want to hang out with or be, emotional messes who need each other.
The Intern is a movie you will smile about long after the movie is over. Without any dazzling special effects or convoluted scripts, it pulls at your heartstrings and leaves you feeling good.
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