The Intern – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… The Intern
The wisest senior in the world applies for an internship at the blandest e-shop of the World Wide Web.
Retirement is boring. You might think having no obligations is the greatest thing in the world, but the days drag on longer and you lose your sense of purpose. It is like when you were a kid. All year you would look forward to summer break, but after a few weeks of holiday you start to long for school again. You miss hanging out with your friends and seeing that person you are kind of crushing on. Imagine that feeling, only forever.
Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is struggling with this very thing. He considers himself to be a happy person, but at the same time there is a something missing. So when he discovers that a local e-company is starting up an internship programme for senior citizens he aptly applies for this position. And he lands it.
Ben gets assigned to assist Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the founder of the company. Jules is a hardworking perfectionist that has put her heart and soul into building the company. She is reluctant to supervise an intern but quickly warms up to Ben and discovers that she can learn much from his experience.
Should I Watch It?
The Intern is promoted as a comedy. And its premise of a senior citizen taking an intern position could create some comedic moments, but it does not deliver any hilarity at all. There are literally no jokes in this movie.
So if it is not a comedy, then what is it? Well it starts of as a feel good movie. Every character is likeable and Ben is a positive influence on all of them. The movie relies a lot on the relationships that are being formed and it does such a good job that it makes for quite an enjoyable watch. You do not only get invested in the characters and the story, but also in the feeling the movie delivers. That is, until it gets ruined by the drama.
The third act of the movie introduces a twist that abruptly and completely destroys the flow and feeling of the movie. It comes out of nowhere and becomes the main point of focus for the rest of the narrative. Its portrayal is weak and gets resolved in the most disappointing way imaginable. A real shame.
The message of the movie is the relevance of senior citizens. They can be much more than just a bunch of senile old farts. They have lived a long life and can teach us way more than we often give them credit for. The movie arguably also takes a feminist position, but since an old man is delivering this message to a supposed strong successful woman desperately in need of advice, I am not really sure how well that translates.
There is a lot of role reversal in this movie. We have Ben the senior intern, Jules the workaholic mom, and Matt the stay-at-home dad. By deviating from using standard movie characters it tries to become more interesting and at first this works, but unfortunately not every character maintains its interesting persona. Ben stays his charismatic self, but Jules, who starts of strong, falls apart during the final parts of the film, and Matt changes from pleasant to dull in a heartbeat.
The Intern tries, it really does. It has a talented cast and Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway put in solid performances. But it unfortunately suffers from a weak and disappointing conclusion that ruins this otherwise enjoyable flick.
No, don’t watch it.
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