by Devina Gunawan
This is a movie fashionistas would love.
From chic working outfits to suits, this movie is colored in beautiful outfits.
Meet Ben (Robert De Niro). He’s 70 years old and his wife passed away three years prior to this storyline. His son already had a family and lived a bit far away from him. And Ben constantly seeked things to do to fill in his time.
Then one day he spotted an ad for senior internship. A growing e-commerce company was hiring seniors interns for a community outreach program, and despite not knowing what USB cable was, Ben applied for the position.
Then meet Jules (Anne Hathaway). She was the founder of About the Fit, an online market place for clothes, and a tough woman. She was closed and distanced. And she got Ben as her intern, even though she didn’t want him as her intern.
Ben was ignored at first by Jules, who didn’t know what work she could give him, but he found his way around the office and won everyone’s heart. He tried to do what he could and he learned everyone by heart, especially Jules, to help them and be their friend. He wore a suit everyday, worked harder than he should, and did everything better than people who were younger and supposedly, more advanced technologically.
Jules eventually grew more relaxed and started opening up to Ben. She let him into her personal life, gave him big responsibilities in her office, trusted him, and eventually called him best friend.
I teared up here and there watching this.
Now, this was an enjoyable movie. It was visually effective, and emotionally we were swayed by the calm Ben and how optimistic he was throughout the whole movie. Robert De Niro was charming, and I would hire him any day as my intern. Anne Hathaway delivered her role well. She made Jules believeable, and I could definitely relate to her (my sister actually thought Jules reminded her of me).
However there were obvious problems in this movie. Jules opened up to Ben and said that she was more centered when he was around, and that perhaps was due to the fact that he cared about her and made sure that she would eat and rest like a normal human being. However, Jules didn’t change in the direction audience was hoping.
The climax of the movie didn’t feel like a climax at all. It didn’t even have much to do with Ben. The title of the movie was ‘the Intern,’ but the movie focused on Jules’ life more and how it would pretty much end up in the same ending whether there was Ben or not.
And we could argue that Ben told Matt, Jules’ cheating husband, that he only wished for what was best for Jules and her happiness, and perhaps that triggered the guilt on Matt’s part. But in the story audience could see that Matt and Jules loved each other deeply, despite what happened, and that in the end Matt would decide to make it up to his wife.
Ben might have been the voice of reason for a lot of the characters, but then nothing too significant happened. And perhaps that was the point: that the little things he did made him the good example of how others should be.
Not all seniors are that open minded by the way. We all know not all seniors are open to the idea of feminism and e-commerce.
So character development was lacking. We didn’t see much of change in Ben’s character, other than he got an internship and he got more friends and a girlfriend, as well as a best friend. We didn’t see much of a change in Jules either, as she never resolved her problems with her mother, or cut back on her workaholic tendencies. If anything, she would be more workaholic than ever post ending.
This movie won us over by plenty of charms and subtle messages on how young gentlemen should be. Wear a suit, carry a handkerchief, be a good friend, hold back a lady’s hair when she’s throwing up, offer help to people who need it, be a good listener, and be Ben Whittaker.
I give this movie a 7.5 out of 10, because I know people will probably ignore the lack of character development and the hole punched plot line. It is a really nice movie to watch with friends and family, and despite its flaws, I’m sure you will enjoy it.