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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Juno - mini Movie Review


Typically I don't like contrived, over-written dialog. The type of dialog that in the real world would take you a week to think about and put together so that it's just perfect but in certain movies spews unnaturally and instantly from a character's lips. Sometimes it works (Clueless -whatever happened to Alicia Silverstone?), and sometimes ... ahhh,.. in my opinion,.. not so much (Clerks).

Well, when the characters in Juno started talking I had instant flashes of Kevin Smith at a typewriter and started to wonder if this Academy nominated (Best Picture, Directing, Actress & Original Screenplay) film was going to be sadly disappointing. I'm glad to say it wasn't. As the movie went on and you get more involved with the characters and their lives you forget (although not completely) about the very stylized dialog. Actually you eventually enjoy it.

A cute little film with great main characters (Ellen Page has a lot of screen presence and Michael Cera is now one of my current favorites ever since Superbad) great supporting roles (both Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner suprised me in a good way (am i the only one that hated Alias?!)) and really liberal parents (by my dad's standards anyway) this one goes in my books with an 8/10 and a very happy thumbs up.


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  • you're right, in Clerks the dialogue seemed contrived. But I think the dialogue in Juno was fabulous thanks to the actors it didn't come across as contrived because they really owned them. Really well written.
    Lovely the way it conveyed how although those kids seemed quite intelligent, that they were so in over their heads and lacked the wisdom and understanding of how to deal with their situation.
    I wouldve rated it higher thanan 8.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 27, 2008 12:31 AM  

  • it was a good movie but higher than an 8 would be near perfect territory.. and for my tastes those seem to be in the sci-fi genre (not all mind you). .. you know.. the bladerunners and matrixes and other movies that could be classified as a 'classic'.... ;)

    By Blogger simply j., At April 27, 2008 12:55 AM  

  • "your baby has fingernails!" "really??" HA! i think that's a girl thing cos whenever i repeat that line to a woman who hasn't seen the movie they say "really??"

    i hated alias. and i still hate jennifer garner. i thought she was confused about who her character was but finally got it right at the end which is odd cos i doubt they shot it in chronological order....

    By Blogger highbrow, At April 28, 2008 9:24 AM  

  • oh yeah, jennifer garner, talk about over acting. Ellen page kinda blew her out of the water.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 28, 2008 3:19 PM  

  • i assumed Juno was directed by the same guy that directed Knocked Up, because it's about pregnancy and Michael Cera stars as Juno's boyfriend, but alas this this not the case.

    By Anonymous patrick, At April 29, 2008 1:08 PM  

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