Film Review: Juno
I was lucky enough to see a preview screening of Juno last night. As of the Academy Award Nominations announced this morning this quirky little movie is up for 3 of the big ones including best film, best director and best actress for Ellen Page. After seeing the film I have to say I am not at all surprised that it’s one of the contenders for best film of the year. So without further ado on with my review.
Juno is the story of Juno MacGuff a 16 year old girl (Ellen Page) with a major dilemma, She’s pregnant. After the initial shock of finding out her situation and a run in with the “all babies deserve to be borned” brigade, namely her classmate outside of the abortion clinic. The film launches into a very moving and at times laugh out loud hilarious take on Juno’s very interesting pregnancy, from finding adoptive parents for her “unborn seamonkey” in the wanted ads in the local Penny Saver, dealing with her feelings for the father a very dorky Paulie Bleeker, to the troubles of being pregnant in high school.
I recommend for anyone with a sense of humour to see Juno, the script is expertly written by Diablo Cody. I haven’t laughed so much at such amazing use of sarcasm and quip ridden dialogue in a long time. Everything from the opening animated credits to the final sequence of the film is a joy to behold. I adore any film that displays some form of intelligence and whit and this little movie has them by the bucket load.
I can’t write a review of Juno without applauding Ellen Page on yet another amazing turn in a difficult role. Some people may remember her for her shining turn in Hard Candy two years ago and it seems she’s now definitely turning into an acting tour de force. I sincerely hope she wins the oscar for best actress but of course the Academy being as they are regarding age, will probably wait for her to have a few more amazing films under her belt before they bestow the accolade upon her.
In short if you want an intelligent, quirky offbeat comedy with a great turn by the lead actress go see Juno. It’s a film that will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.