70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
The Intern is directed by Nancy Meyers, stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. If - like me - you've seen Something's Gonna Give, It's Complicated, What Women Want or The Holiday you probably know that they've earned more than one billion dollars worldwide. So the odds are good that you have - you'll undoubtedly have certain expectations for Nancy Meyers latest movie. And they will almost certainly be met. I love her movies. This film is not the cheesy melodramatic comedy type; but a far more smart and clever mature comedy. Robert De Niro is a genius. We all know he's a fantastic actor, one of the best of his generation. This man truly is an actor, the genuine one still alive. He's what guys should aspire to be when they're 70. He's classy, he's sharp, he's charming and optimistic. Important things here I really do love him in this movie. Plus, he's a good contrast with Hathaway's character.
Anne Hathaway performance has a really nice core as throughout the movie you understand why she is the way she is. She graduated to the role of corporate fashion dragon, she's even permitted - not sure everyone saw that - in a witty touch, to toss her jacket to Ben in the blase manner of Meryl Streep's Miranda Presley in The Devil Wears Prada. Moreover she gets to deliver a wince-worthy sermon to three of her twenty-something male employee bemoaning the decline of Masculinity and decorum in modern men. Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford (not to mention De Niro himself), by contrast, are held up as superior role model's of "cool". The Intern appears like a generation gap fable or 21st century outlook on age and gender. The central theme is really about the younger generation versus the older generation and the different ideology of both generations. How an old person approaches something and how a younger person does. The major message is taking a breath, relaxing, take time to retire from the hectic world and just take a minute to appreciate your surroundings. Finally, a Nancy Meyers productions isn't just a film; it's a cashmere jumper unto itself.
Overall, The Intern is a light hearted and fluffy movie. It's not groundbreaking but a really good time!