Friday, 7 March 2008

Juno

If someone had told me last year that a film about a pregnant 16 year old from a small town in Minnesota would be a translantic hit, I would have laughed out loud. I saw a trailer Juno at the launch of last year's London Film Festival and out of all the films this one stuck because of its freshness and amazing dialogue. Now I like many things in a movie; good storyline, magnetic characters (good and bad), a happy ending and a wonderful script. Yep, I am a big sucker for a great script. In the era where Hollywood is obsessed with special effects like massive bombs, spectacular car chases and airplane crashes, a great dialogue has often been put to the way side. The only directors who seem to specialise in creating great dialogues and I do not mean great lines like Jerry Maguire's "Show me the money," the Fight Club's, "The first rule is you don't talk about the fight club." No I mean a great film with a cracking script that is consistent throughout. Take Steven Soderbergh who gave us Traffic and Erin Brockovich or Quentin Tarantino's quirky writing in Pulp Fiction which is amazing and one of the most unconventional piece of work to come out of Hollywood.

Now onto Juno, this is a poignant and bitter sweet film that will leave you enraptured. The film totally lives up to its hype and I can say deserves the huge push that the powers may be gave it. Juno MacGuff, played by Ellen Page is an earthy teenager who is so sharp she might cut herself. After taking three pregnancy tests, instead of freaking out or throwing herself off the top of a building she wastes no time in finding suitable parents for her unborn baby. With the help of her 'so cool it hurts' best buddy, Leah played by Olivia Thirlby, she finds yuppie couple Mark and Vanessa Lorring played by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner. On paper the couple seem like perfect fodder to bring up her baby but in reality there are cracks in the marriage. Meanwhile there is a small matter of the father of Juno's baby, Bleeker played by Michael Cera still being in love with her. To throw a spanner in the works it looks like Juno might feel the same way about him.

Diablo Cody's writing here is exemplary and boy did she rock the red carpet at the Oscars with her leapord dress and taking off with the award for Original Screenplay. Ellen Page's performance is endearing and the combination of these two women results in a film that is sweet and touching.

4 cool comments:

Y said...

Went to see this last night at the Everyman..and loved every minuite!

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

I really wanted to see this film, but my husband said, "No Way," and all of my movie buds had already seen it. I guess I'll see it once it comes out on DVD.

Thanks for the great review!

The Stiletto Effect said...

I got to see that movie, from what you wrote I guess I'm going to enjoy it a lot!

Kwana said...

Hi Ondo! I loved Juno. The writing was just perfect. So witty. Of course as the mother of a 14 year old it was touch to see it with her. But still a great movie. So charming.