By Joohan Kim
Nancy Meyers, acclaimed for her intricate screenplays and directing, is coming back with the movie that transcends the decade of the story of men and women. Called “The Intern,” it features a unique friendship between a former intern and a young yet passionate CEO.
Once harassed by a devilish boss in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway upgrades her status to a successful and adept CEO. Although seemingly more fitting for the executive responsibility, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) becomes the spunky new intern.
Ben Whittaker, 70-year-old retiree who lives in Brooklyn and wants to escape his dull life, sees a sign for a “senior” internship and decides to apply to an online retail startup. From this moment on, his world begins to change swiftly. At first, CEO Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) casts doubt on the senior internship program, but when Ben Whittaker is hired, he appears to be perfect. Even though he seems flawless, Jules Ostin starts to worry how can he get along inside the contemporary company. However, Ben completely exceeds Jules’s expectation and not only is there for her as an intern but also as a special friend who offers wise guidance. This genuine relationship between Ben Whittaker and Jules Ostin portrays that some friends comes from most unexpected places. In truth, both Oscar winning actors give authentic performances that melt the audience's hearts.
Overall, without the need for dramatic situations or a breathtaking climax, the calm relationship between a seventy-year-old intern and a young CEO gives the audience a fresh take on an otherwise stereotypically predictable story. Sagacious advice from a mature alumni placates a successful young woman’s anxiety, offering comfort to both themselves and the audience. From beginning to end, it was a heartwarming experience, not one that is tedious. I would recommend this movie to everyone of all ages because they will surely enjoy this sweet comedy that can relate to all.
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