When was the last time you opened door for a woman, pulled a chair for her or offered a handkerchief to wipe her tears off? Old fashionably chivalrous, you’d say. After all, we’re living in a world where men and women are equal so why should a guy pull a chair or open a door for her?
Isn’t she strong enough to do that? But if a guy offers to pay the restaurant bill, chances are he might be deemed stingy and going Dutch is for college canteen, not a plush eatery. Well, are you looking for a movie review here? The fact is, there isn’t any. Call this rambling, rant or recommendation letter, but certainly not a review.
Glad you’re still reading. So the point I am trying to drive home is: We are a confused generation. Yup, we are. We have learned to ‘un-tuck’ our shirts, untied those noose-like ties, working hard means working till late, being on time means not eating on time, ‘housewife’ has been reduced to a glorified word for ‘housemaid’, helping wife with household chores equals to being henpecked but helping husband with earning is called independence or the much-touted women empowerment.
Somewhere between these confusions and paradoxes of our times, lies the core message of the movie, ‘The Intern’. Now that we’re back talking about the film, I might as well add that it’s one of the best films you’re going to watch of lately. Robert De Niro returns to the screen after perhaps Grudge Match (2013).
Anne Hathaway (Who played Andrea, the girl who gets bullied by her boss in ‘The Devil wears Prada’) gets to slip into the shoes of Meryl Streep, albeit a much-toned down one. Her character Jules Ostin rides a bicycle inside her office premise and is overworked and overstressed. Anne owns the role to the hilt and performs with the confidence of a veteran.
Along comes the warm Ben Whittaker, a 70-year old widower to join Jules’ start-up ‘About the fit’ as an intern, thanks to an initiative by Jules’ colleague that offers senior citizens a chance to work or rather get back to action, as our Ben would like to put it.
What transpires is the friendship between Jules and Ben and how they change each other – thankfully minus the usual trappings of rom-coms and without falling for each other. Writer-director Nancy Meyers (Who directed films like The Holiday, Something’s gotta give and It’s complicated), take a bow.
Ben is a person you’d love to know and share a coffee over conversations on how to woo a woman, impress the boss, deal with infidelity, choose the right talent, or even how to sneak inside a house and delete an email in Ocean’s Eleven style. He is the go-to man one could always wish for. By the end of the film, you’d find yourself wishing, ‘Bring the gentlemen back!’
Why so? Well, watch the film. Like I said, this isn’t a review of ‘The Intern’ because such films deserve to be compulsorily watched rather than reviewed, analyzed and then recommended. Apologies.