Saturday, February 09, 2008

Juno

I went and saw 'Juno' last night. It had been very highly recommended by several friends and has also been nominated for an academy award. It also has a very life affirming message, which I'm always a sucker for. A short synopsis: Juno (Ellen Page) gets pregnant as a Jr. in High School and (after running out of an abortion clinic) tries to find the perfect couple to adopt her baby.


I liked the movie. Is it really up to academy award standards? No. I don't think so. First of all, the whole thing was littered with awkward teen girl speak. This got very annoying very quickly. Also, the neo-folk music being played throughout was terribly annoying. I apologize sincerely if any of the artists come across this post, but it wasn't good. Also, that opening credit animation thing was really dumb. The fact that they were playing the folk music during it made it even worse. I know I'm not the only one who felt this way about these aspects, and I just don't think nominees for best picture of the year should be this annoying.

That being said, this movie had some great qualities. The first of these was the Cast. Ellen Page was a good lead who got better as the movie went on. Michael Cera (Arrested Development) is funny in everything he does. The potential adopting couple played by Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) were also very good in their roles (especially Jennifer Garner, I thought). J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) was wonderful and I think that all fathers of teenage daughters should watch him play this role and imitate the way he supported his daughter throughout the pregnancy. And if you like "The Office," there was a great little cameo by Rainn Wilson.

The movie also told the story of this pregnant teenager very well. Although both political stances were present, they were also irrelevent to the story. The movie focused on the teenager, her concience and the people around her. The movie was not merely about pregancy, but about a huge range of relationships.

So go see it. Don't expect it to beat out "There Will Be Blood" on Oscar Night, but expect to be entertained, even if slightly annoyed.

2 comments:

La Rev said...

More Michael Cera, less people who aren't Michael Cera.

Seminarian said...

Not a bad rule of thumb... did you see that there might be an Arrested Development movie?