Monday, January 07, 2008

Juno

This is a movie with an absolutely terrible first 15 minutes that screamed out "LOOK HOW QUIRKY WE ARE PEOPLE" in the worst kind of way (This ain't no etch a sketch, and this is one diddle that can't be undid, homeskillet.) But it also a movie that ended with a good last 15 minutes that felt just right and sincere.

The other 60 minutes were hit or miss. The acting was all around good. I still can't get enough Michael Cera. The interplay between Juno and her parents was excellent and quirky in a good way rather than in an obnoxious way.

If you can get over some really really really embarrassingly bad dialogue throughout the film, can ignore the idiotic problems like a 16-year-old girl who loves The Stooges and The Runaways but has never heard of Sonic Youth, and convenient plot twists that don't feel natural, then you'll like this movie. If you can't get over those aspects, stay away. Far far away. It also doesn't hurt if you like the Moldy Peaches.

At heart, it is a nice little movie that wins you over by the end if you let it. Just don't expect anything really good. Just an eh, that was enjoyable I suppose kind of good.

I'm interested to see what writer Diablo Cody does after this. Will she make an even more QUIRKY movie or will she tap into the warm feelings of the last 15 minutes and actually make a very good female version of a Judd Apatow production rather than simply a halfway good one?

Directed by Jason Reitman
2007
BAM

3 comments:

marc b. said...

Looks like she's going more quirky... http://www.cinematical.com/2008/01/08/director-tapped-for-diablo-codys-horror-flick/

youthlarge said...

the more i think about this movie, the more i dislike it and i really didn't like it (save the final 15 minutes) to begin with.

Chris Larry said...

I like how you point out the ridiculousness of liking one musical artist but not an obvious related one in the last two posts. Haven't seen either movie, but could not agree more...No bob but yes Damien...yes to runaways/stooges yet no Sonic Youth....both are beyond ridiculous...

Good work!