FILM: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
Summary: Documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg provide an uncompromising glimpse into the personal and professional life of comedian and red-carpet mainstay Joan Rivers, a woman clinging stubbornly and steadfastly to the pop-culture bandwagon. Stern and Sundberg — whose previous film, The Devil Came on Horseback, covered the Darfur genocide — take a no-less-intensive approach to their subject here, taking a hard look at fame’s bitter toll.
Joan Rivers surprised me. Before seeing this movie I had zero interest in Joan RIvers as a person and certainly didn’t care about her career. But now … I think she’s super hard working, strong woman, who deserves appreciation for more than her comedy. Can someone out there try her in drama? Her stand up is hilarious. She can laugh at herself but, takes working very seriously. I had no idea that she thinks “no job is too small”. She comes across as lovable and impressive.
I totally forgot about the camera work or composition. I was sucked into her character.
Come on everyone … give Joan Rivers a chance.
And guess what? You can stream it on Netflicks.
4 out 5 Cheers.