The Intern may be forgettable as a light drama with very little actual drama, but one has to also keep in mind that there is a reason for certain genres to exist. Even if you are catering to a specific genre or audience, however, it is important for movies to have that layered feel; that feeling that there is a world beyond the screen, and that the characters are living their lives offscreen while you’re watching different ones. This movie is not for those who text while watching a movie – which is rude anyway. This movie is for those that actually watch movies and need a break from having to strain their brains (such as in the Fantastic Four remake, where the viewer is constantly having to go “okay, NOW what just happened and why?”).
This movie is a feel-good drama starring a kind, cheerful old man named Ben Whittaker (De Niro). He keeps busy, eventually taking an internship to shake up his life. Ben is a living example of what old people could do if they were still willing to adapt to new things. His can-do attitude and initiative make him stand out to the founder of the company, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) and become fast friends.
The message that this movie seems to send is that some things in life are timeless, completely immune to the changing dynamics of modern internet business. I only wish students believed me when I told them that it doesn’t matter what they know or what they study – as long as no matter what they do, they do it with maximum enthusiasm and a commitment to work hard, they’ll get a good recommendation out of any employer.
Interesting characters are flawed characters. Which is why if you watch a lot of movies, you might get exhausted from seeing all the nasty, unsavory people movies have to offer. This movie is a nice break from that, as there’s nobody really to hate in this whole thing. It’s not a movie to watch by yourself, though. Watch it with your significant other, then return it to RedBox the next morning, whistling.
Rather than hold to a consistent narrative, it seems more like the creators of this movie thought “How can I just make people feel good about the world for like 2 hours?” The feel-good drama is not a hugely populated genre. In fact, in college I might have ridiculed such a thing. However, in a world where Donald Trump might become President, it’s not the most unwelcome thing in my life.
I give this movie a mathemagical score of 7 out of 10. Single people, I’d tell you to watch the latest Hunger Games, but that movie was awful. Don’t. You’re better off just playing a video game and going to bed.