Saturday, December 29, 2007

Juno in Review

I saw Juno last night. I read the script this morning. I want to see it again tonight. What is it about Juno that I adore? First and foremost, the outstanding characters. When the closing credits rolled, I found myself melancholy upon remembering that I am no longer going to be hanging out with Paulie Bleaker, Mac and Bren, Mark and Vanessa, Leah and, of course, Juno MacGuff. Second, the pitch-perfect dialogue. Juno's consistently witty and pop-culture savvy lines remind me oh-so-much of what I strive to talk like. I know for a fact that I will be quoting this film for a long time to come, much to the dismay of the people surrounding me. Finally, Jason Reitman's direction of Diablo Cody's script ensured this as my favorite film of the year. His tight shots created an intimate feel to the film, and each frame was overflowing with Reitman's desire to do justice to the script. And that direction might have something do with the fact that all of the principal cast (Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmon and Alison Janney) are top contenders on my personal picks for 2007. Watching Juno makes one feel as though you just spent an afternoon with your best friends. Only wittier. A

1 comment:

Nick Plowman said...

I adored this film with every fibre of my being! I agree with everything you said in your review, it is the best film of 2007for me. Juno is so amazing, and Ellen Page deserves an Oscar and so does its writer, Diablo Cody. Brilliant stuff.