Friday, January 4, 2008
2007 indie comedy by Jason Reitman (son of famous director Ivan Reitman)whose previous work is pretty much Thank You for Smoking and a couple episodes of The Office. This flick tells the tale of Juno McGuffin, a 16-year-old who, after one sexual encounter, is pregnant. The movie concerns her, her pregnancy and the adoptive couple she's giving the baby to. Each has it's nuances, tensions and moments for humor. I liked this movie, but I didn't love it. What was good was really good, but what was bad was pretty distracting. The dialogue was way too witty and ironic. Everything everyone said seemed so perfect that it all just seemed unnatural and forced. I just kept thinking, no one is this witty. It'd be different if it was just Juno or one or two characters, but everyone was like that the whole time. What was good, though, were the heartfelt moments and the ending. And those things were great. When the movie dropped all the hipster wit and just gave us some genuine emotion, it was fantastic. And while I can't tell you anything about the ending, I will say that it was by far the best example of what I'm talking about. This movie was almost like an album that has some great songs on it, but taken as a whole just isn't that great. But those few songs are so good, that it makes the album worth buying.