From Nancy Meyers comes the new heartfelt comedy The Intern. In this film, senior citizen Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is hired as an intern for the head and founder of an online business, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
Nancy Meyers has once again shown her talent of taking an unlikely situation and making it feel real; the characters in The Intern have such palpable lives, and backstories, and you feel as if you know and can relate to them. Ben’s opening voice-over is heart-wrenching, and quickly and efficiently sets him up; his positivity and life force is something that we all aspire to have when we are 70. And Anne Hathaway’s Jules is everything else that we want out of life; she is successful, and a working mum, with loving friends and family, yet not perfect, but lovable. Nancy Meyers has crafted characters that are not only who we are, but who we want to be.
The film has a great message about how much we can learn from the elderly, and an even better one that life doesn’t have to slow down as we get older. It doesn’t take the easy route of criticising the modern in favour of the past; rather, it shows us how well the two can work together, and how they’re not so different after all. De Niro and Hathaway have such great chemistry, and watching Ben and Jules’ friendship develop onscreen affirmed to me that they young and the old can both learn things from each other, and work together.
Meyer’s script is well-paced, funny and beautiful; there are so many things that the audience can relate to, like growing old and having a too-busy life. Though the ending left me a little unsatisfied, the plot doesn’t have many lulls. Instead, it has quite a few lovely, funny, and heart-warming moments, that are occasionally larger than life, yet still feel real.
Meyers is good at making the unlikely feel real, and does so with humour and charm. The Intern is a great look at growing old, living life and being happy, and its touching script and top-notch cast make it a quality romantic comedy for both the young and the old.
Here’s my list of five of the best films starring the cast of the Intern (at least, in my opinion):
- The Holiday (Nancy Meyers)
- The Princess Diaries (Anne Hathaway)
- Taxi Driver (Robert De Niro)
- Pitch Perfect (Adam De Vine)
- The Fault In Our Stars (Nat Wolff)