The Movie: 7.5/10
I really enjoyed The Intern. Here’s the thing, I didn’t want to, and yea yea I know that’s not a fair way to approach a movie, but I can’t control my initial response to the movie blurbs sometimes. I have seen enough movies in my life to build up a bias when it comes to the pre-movie chatter. The glossy lives of plastic people in a city with a pretentious business and shiny smiles all leads me to a predisposed feeling of “UGH”. It is what it is. However, and this is a big however, the trailer had one single scene and one line that got me hooked enough to give me hope. It was something that has actually crossed my mind about the kind of men I have come across in the past few years who have a very contrasting vibe compared to men like my late grandfathers. She implies there is a toughness, for better or worse, in recent past generations of men versus the current, um, lack of toughness. I am not a touchy-feely type so all the kumbaya stuff with figuring out your emotions and letting every single thing in life knock you over because you can’t cope makes me shake my head. We can’t over think all this shit people, just cope with the crap and get on with your day. She also comments that women went from being girls to women in modern vernacular and men went from being referred to as men to being called boys. My conclusion was that if someone wrote a couple of singular ideas that tap into my mind a tiny bit, the rest of the script deserves a look.
I was right.
It isn’t full of that same connection of observations with my brain, but overall the story and the characters made me think and I had a good laugh. I am NOT a fan of the mushy bullshit about how to cope with the particular marital issues addressed by our leading lady, but hey, we all have to cope in our own ways. If some women think this is how to move forward and it’s cool or more enlightened, more power to ya…nope, not for me. You need to see the movie to know what the heck I’m talking about. I guess I’m from a different time, as every generation is. Characters who are intelligent, motivated, inspiring even, as Jules (Hathaway) is in this story, and then they make an idiot choice, you just want to reach through the screen and make an alternate version. I guess that’s one of the things I really enjoyed. The Intern is based on a bit of a fluffy story about a successful modern online business woman, could be pretentious but holds it’s credibility, and has a good balance of the eye rolling stuff that I find boring and lower the quality (hint hint, there is a wacky heist, and a stupid resolution to a big life issue), and really tapped in views about getting older, being alone, being a woman, and the value of REAL friendship in our lives.
I don’t think I need to comment on the quality of acting in this movie. Even the wacky dudes, the non-manly men, all do a great job in their respective roles. I am a Hathaway fan, and Robert De Niro has proven to me he can do comedy without the Focker factor. Along with the cast, there is the beautifully shot look of the movie, the good soundtrack that doesn’t take over but does its part to give some emotion without taking control of every scene. It’s a well made film, what can I say other than that?
I was converted from the “don’t really want to sit through this whole romp of a modern woman struggling with being successful at work and family” to “Keep’em coming Hollywood.” This is a big conversion, so I might need some sappy over thinking overly emotional shit to get over it….nah, I’ll just suck down some cowboy coffee, pull up my boot straps, fix my eye-liner, text my best friend that I love her (and she’ll reply immediately with “love you too.”, get a cuddle from my touchy-feely husband, and get on with my day:)
- Learning From Experience (5 Minutes) – Nancy Meyers and the rest of the cast take you through the writing process.
- Designs On Life (6 Minutes) – The look of this movie is way over and above what you expect from a romantic comedy. Here set designers Susan Bode and Beth Rubino take us through what it takes to dress a set.
- The Three Interns ( 6 minutes) – Zack Pearlman, Adam Devine and Jason Orley sit down to discuss working with Robert Diro.
- DVD & Digital Copy
Cover Art: 5/10
I kind of like the cover. It’s not very interesting, if I’m honest, but it does the job. I wouldn’t have it as a poster, but I’ll hang it in the hall of posters in my heart of movies I like that have posters/covers that don’t make the real life wall.
Audio & Video: 8/10
The intern is a digitally shot 2015 movie that looks great. Presented on Blu-Ray in 1080P using the AVC codec the only thing worth docking points for would be the lower than average bit-rate used here. The image is sharp and highly detailed and presented in the aspect ratio that fills your entire screen which is always good. I saw no instances of artifacts and blacks and skin-tones were all excellent.
The Intern is not a stunning rock you out of your seat soundtrack but you would not expect that from a movie such as this. What it does do well is subtlety, the 5.1 DTS-HD MA track provides a lot of immersion and a lot of surprising surround sound moments. The office which most of the movie takes place in has a lot of stuff going on in the background and that stuff all happens in the surround channels. The mix is also pretty wide so make sure you turn that night mode switch on if your watching late at night.
Overall Score 7.5/10