Review: The Intern surprises audiences with heartwarming plot

Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro co-star in hit new comedy The Intern// photo courtesy of
*If you wish to continue reading, keep in mind that their will be spoilers!*
The experience of going to the movies is irreplaceable, along with the smell of buttery popcorn wafting through the air, getting to choose between the countless varieties of candy (which your parents normally wouldn’t let you buy), lounging in the big comfy seats, and getting excited by the 15 minutes of previews. The best part, though, is when the movie finally starts!
The Intern came out on September 25th and is still playing in local theaters around Stamford, such as Landmark and the Majestic. Starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, this movie focuses on a 70-year-old retired widower, Ben Whittaker, who wants to get back into the work force. Ben gets the chance to work as a senior intern at an online fashion site. Being the oldest one at the job, he becomes very close with his young and hip coworkers, especially Jules Ostin. Throughout the movie, Ben develops a sweet friendship with Jules, one full of advice, wisdom, and cheerfulness.
This film is definitely considered a “feel good” type of movie as the friendship Ben and Jules create is quite admirable. The two characters work very well together in the office. Ben has 40 years of experience, wisdom, and old-fashioned habits, whereas Jules has sleek modern-day work techniques and technology. For example, she rides a bicycle around the fancy office space, something Ben was surprised by. She also introduces Ben to Facebook, showing him a world of possibilities in social media and networking. An aspect of the movie which I enjoyed was how it touched on Jules’s personal life as well as her life at work.
A conflict she faces is, spoiler alert, finding out her husband is cheating on her. Ben helps her through this rough time, which really allows their friendship to develop and flower. The scene which touched my heart most was when Jules was crying into Ben’s arms. A main theme throughout the movie was how older people should be appreciated more for their knowledge and perspective.
Overall, The Intern was a movie that I enjoyed a lot. There was a well-selected cast, who skillfully portrayed a variety of great characters. The plot development was very strong and I liked how there were touches of humor incorporated into the conflict, which ultimately resulted in a happy ending. The main thing which I found unique about was how the male and female main characters, Ben and Jules, played by Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, create such a strong bond and have great chemistry.  It was a true friendship, and was a heart-warming performance to watch. This movie is definitely something definitely worth seeing.

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