Title: The Intern (2015)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Writer: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Running Time: 121 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language
Production Companies: RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Waverly Films
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom, and sense of humour help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.
Seriously, I can’t expect less from both Academy Awards winners, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. They’ve done it again. The story of The Intern is actually pretty simple, but somehow they delivered it in a great way. The film becomes pretty enjoyable to watch and not boring—at least to me. Basically, the story is about a retired widower who decided to work again as an intern in a startup company. This retired widower, Ben, was played by Robert De Niro. Of course, since he is a senior citizen, he needed to catch up with the latest technology. That didn’t stop him from learning and helping his coworkers in so many ways.
Anne Hathaway looks beautiful in the film even better than when she was in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). I am not so sure if The Intern is in a comedy category, yes they have some funny moments but not too many that you can say the film is a comedy. The Intern is more like drama with a little bit comedy. Anne Hathaway played the boss here and at first didn’t like Ben. As time went by, she realised that Ben is the one she needed for.
“You’re never wrong to do the right thing.” – Ben Whittaker
Robert De Niro, as always, is exceptional. He played his role really well and somehow I kind of sympathise him and feel touched when he told his life story to Jules (Anne Hathaway). I mean, what can you expect from a double Oscar winner. Seven times nominated and two times win are declarations that Robert De Niro is good at his job. Anne Hathaway played Jules, the founder and the boss in where Robert De Niro’s character worked. As always, she is great. Her character here kind of reminded me of her character in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), where she used to be the employee and the great actress Meryl Streep played the boss. Now Hathaway played the boss, though not as scary as Meryl Streep’s character. However, Hathaway still looks beautiful and her fashion style is great. Although the clothes are more stunning in The Devil Wears Prada, you can see Anne Hathaway looks more mature now. I know she is a good actress but somehow I am not convinced with her crying in this film.
I love the setting in this film. The office looks great, so does the houses. With all the iMacs, Macbooks, and other computers, About the Fit’s office (Jules’s e-commerce startup company) looks real and comfortable. It’s nice to have an office just like that. The comedy in The Intern is enough to entertain the audience. Even though you won’t be laughing out loud, the film is still entertaining and fun to watch. However, I don’t understand the part about Jules. It’s not like it was bad, it was just felt incomplete. Jules’s problem suddenly emerged out of nowhere. I felt they needed to put some explanations in it. Whether the problem in her family or at her office, I think there must be some explanations more than that. I would like to see more of the work ethics since About the Fit is a startup company, so it must be fun to see more of the company’s development. There are some but not much so I think it’s not enough. However, I think The Intern has entertained us enough.
All in all, I like this film. If you like The Devil Wears Prada, I think you’re going to love this film or in the least, you will enjoy it. The story is light and fresh. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro gave a very awesome performance as always.
To me, The Intern is worth 8 out of 10 stars.