Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy,Drama,Romance Little JUNO soars high above the rest. (DVD review)

Little JUNO soars high above the rest. (DVD review)


Good ideas seem to come in pairs in Hollywood, and usually by coincidence. Movies have this tendency to come out together with remarkably similar plots. Some examples: “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact”, “Tombstone” and “Wyatt Earp”, “Volcano” and “Daunte’s Peak”. This was of course (ironically) referenced in the imensely popular summer 2007 hit “Knocked Up”, which was followed in the fall by “Juno”, which went on to recieve 4 Academy Award nominations, and won one (very well deserved) award for best original screenplay by Diablo Cody.

Having watched “Juno” for the second (and third, and fourth and fifth) time now upon it’s release on DVD, I can’t explain just how good the film is. Really you just have to see it. As an avid movie fanatic, it comes as such a welcome breath of fresh air and is such a charming, witty and unbelievably adorable movie, that you almost can’t believe it while watching it. It’s not a complicated plot, and doesn’t go into any unexpected or unfamilar areas for romantic comedy. It ends how you would expect it to end, and gets there exactly how you would expect it to get there.

But there’s something else going on with little “Juno”…

It has tremendous heart, and it wears it on it’s sleeve for 96 minutes and dares anyone to watch it and not be entranced. Not love it. Not be alterred after watching it. You cheer for this character, and all the characters. Subtext is an area where many a film has faltered, but where the great films succeed brilliantly. “Juno” is such a film, a great film and will remind even the coldest cynic why movies are made.

A great movie will entertain us, make us laugh, make us cry and make us identify and thus make us think. But we will think without thinking. It doesn’t weigh the movie down for us to do so, no…its this very act of making us think, of “getting in our heads”, that makes the movie great and makes it stick around for awhile after watching it. This seperates the great films from the really good or good ones. Complete with deleted scenes, outtakes and a immensely entertaining commentary track, this DVD is a must own for even the most casual of movie fans.

With all my heart, I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. It is such a rare and rewarding film experience to see movies like this one. A little movie, with a lot to say…

1 thought on “Little JUNO soars high above the rest. (DVD review)”

  1. I have to say, I absolutely disagree. Juno was a nice film, with quite a touching story, but I really wouldn’t want to watch it again, purely for the fact that it didn’t entertain me all that much and there’s other things I’d rather do and other films I’d rather watch. Although I think Ellen page fitted the role well, the character of Juno just annoyed me immensely. If I actually knew anybody who spoke and behaved as she does, I think I’d have to punch them. Something like this wouldn’t normally put me off a film, but I couldn’t deal with the fact that she’s meant to be this clever, special teenager, loved and supported by all, when in fact she’s just an arrogant, obnoxious child. She isn’t even brave, as she’s meant to be portrayed in the film. I used to think that having a baby when you’ve accidentally become pregnant was brave. But then I realised that having an abortion is also brave. Similarly, yes, it is brave to give away your child, but it’s also brave to raise a child. Therefore, when your choices are that limited, you’ve just been quite careless to get yourself into such a situation and people shouldn’t hail you as a wonder of humanity just because they’re doing something that’s hard, because it’s a choice that they’ve made for themselves.

    I also didn’t like the musical sequences with the almost-animated scenes. I didn’t think it worked at all.

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