The Intern (2015)
Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who attempts everyday to keep moving and enjoying life. He is retired but still knows he has something to offer in the working world, so he applies to a senior internship at an e-commerce clothing company named About The Fit. The creator, owner and CEO of the company, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), is only 9 months into the start-up of her company, but due to the success, she is overwhelmed and is asked to hire an experienced CEO to keep the company running smoothly. Due to the stress of life and her job, Jules isn’t so keen on the idea of her new intern, but it isn’t long before she realizes that men of the past still have something to offer the youth of today.
The Intern isn’t your typical “rom com” as the interactions between the 2 leads are on a friendship level rather than a romantic level. There are still romances in the movie but just not between Jules and Ben, so don’t worry, this movie doesn’t go there. As one might expect, The Intern is very heartwarming and pleasant as both Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway have excellent chemistry together. They are a joy to see and their interactions make the film what it is. Ben is the kind of person everyone needs in their life and the world desperately needs more of. Robert De Niro transforms himself into one of the most polite and nicest people on Earth. He is caring, attentive and always ready to help. It goes without saying that without these 2 talented leads, this movie would fall apart.
Even with the unorthodox friendship taking center stage, the story is quite odd from other angles as well. The relationship of Jules and her husband is unexpectedly emotional and the immaturity of the other interns adds a sense of child’s play I wasn’t sure was needed (looking at you computer heist scene.) I wasn’t exactly sure what the point of Rene Russo’s character was to the story as her and Ben interact somewhat, but she is never a focal point that was needed. She feels forced and I never felt that Ben had a strong connection with her as he does with Jules (which is the center focus of the movie anyways.) With a run time of 2 hours, the Intern might feel a bit long to some, and with some editing, this movie could have been smooth and easier to watch.
All in all, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway steal the show and make this movie a worthy watch. Just expect some rather strange subplots and minor characters that might not have been necessary. Nevertheless, The Intern is charming and entertaining. Co-starring Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Christina Scherer, Jason Orley, and Zack Pealman.
7/10 Stars – The flaws of the story and side characters can be forgiven due to the 2 charming and talented leads.