The Intern: Movie Review

"The Intern" turns out what we expected it to be and a whole lot more. The film is a heartwarming, unconventional tour through an age divided mentality that could have been horrendously predictable and boring. But it is not. Humorous, touching and with undeniable great leads, "The Intern" is one that should and will inspire in a very light-hearted manner.

Ben Whittaker (Robert de Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a "senior intern" at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). As luck would have it (or not), Ben is assigned to Jules herself. What turns out to be a volatile and closed first encounter eventually blossoms to a relationship that goes beyond the obvious age difference.

With its awesome leads, "The Intern" works wonderfully bringing in an expected light experience but an unexpected wit and depth. De Niro and Hathaway would have made and broken the film literally. Story-wise in fact, the film heavily revolves around the relationship of its characters - Oldie Ben versus career-driven Jules - and the idiosyncrasies that come with the age divide. But with the undeniable charm of both actors towards each other and the incredibly natural acting from both ends, everything just falls into place. Humor is punched in like clockwork as much as the more sentimental moments were. We definitely found ourselves having a frolicking good time with "The Intern" so much so that we even felt it was slightly short from being perfect. The ending was just too abrupt - to the point we were really surprised that the credits rolled already. Plus, it slightly stumbles with side plots that felt out of place and never fully developed. This is rare but we think an extra 15 minutes or so could have done wonders.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- great chemistry and acting from Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway
- the film works well with the age and cultural divide setting

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film has subplots and complications that seemed "off"
*Photos care of Warner Bros. Pictures.

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