Monday, January 07, 2008

Movie Review

Our main source of entertainment, particularly in the winter months, is going to the movies. Months ago when we saw Gone Baby Gone, I was intrigued by the trailer for Juno. I knew we would see it. Unfortuantely, the one independent theatre we had in Iowa City closed this past summer/ fall. While the theatre was in need of significant renovations, it could always be counted on to play quirky independent films. It's where we stood in line to see Borat on opening night, Thank You for Smoking, and all of the Michael Moore films. Knowing that we were left with two mainstream theatres, I figured it would be a while before I saw Juno - probably until it came out on DVD. Imagine my surprise when I saw it was actually playing at the theatre on the other side of town - a short drive and a small sacrifice for a good movie.

Juno is, in a word, refreshing. It's lacking in stereotypes (even the perceived yuppie stereotype, in the end) or tired teenage movie conventions. Rather than the weak, girl in trouble, Juno is a sharp-tongued, pragmatic, and mature teenager. Her parents, rather than falling into the stereotypical bumbling, over protective father and unaware mother, are realistic, intelligent, and supportive parents making the best out of Juno's admittedly irresponsible decision. The acting was excellent, the writing better, and the music cute and quirky. It represents why I like to go to movies - without being overly pretentious. Last spring or summer, we saw Knocked Up which shares a theme with Juno: the unplanned pregnancy. In my opinion, Juno is the winner between the two; though it may not be an entirely fair comparison because of the slap stick, over the top nature of Knocked Up. While I wish that Juno had paid a bit more attention to her decision not to terminate (and the fact that it is, in fact, a choice) - even if just for a few lines of a dialogue - I'm willing to overlook this. In the end, Juno is clearly a feminist story about true girl-power. I laughed and I cried. And Juno belongs with the characters of my teenage years - My So-Called Life's Angela Chase and Daria. Juno is the antithesis (thankfully) of those High School Musical kids. Excuse me while I go re-read my Sassy Magazines.

It should be said, that this movie isn't for everyone - like all movies. But to most everyone I know, I would recommend this movie.

3 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Kaitie Tee said...

I saw Juno on Saturday and love it too! I knew from previews that it would be decent, but it surpassed my expectations.

Carla said...

I saw it a few weeks ago and loved it!

Genie said...

I didn't even think of the connection between Juno, Angela Chase and Daria when I was watching it, but I'm right there with you now that you mention it! This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.

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