A pretty typical Russell film, especially with Lawrence and Cooper present. Joy is a basic Hollywood biography, romancing the rise of a (somewhat?) famous person through hard work and adversity. This could've been a pretty dull film, but Russell's pleasant direction adds a bit of much-needed flair.
Joy is a young woman who takes care of her family and kids. She's also somewhat of an inventor, and when she thinks up a self-wringing mop, she wants to turn that into a business. The world isn't too kind to female entrepreneurs and Joy has to create every single opportunity herself.
I'm not familiar with the true story, but when it feels like Hollywood mediocrity there's probably been some artistic liberty at work. The cast is solid though and Russell has a way to pace his films perfectly. The slightly above average cinematography certain helps to set the film apart further. Decent, but nothing too out of the ordinary.