The DailyView continued today as I watched the coming of age comedy Juno, directed by Jason Reitman. This was another film that had some positive word of mouth from everywhere that I had heard, but it just did not feel like it was my kind of movie. So I avoided watching it until today.
Boy, this was my kind of movie.
Sixteen year old Juno (Elliot Page) found herself with an unwanted pregnancy after having sex with her best friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). Choosing not to abort the baby, but realizing that she was too young to be a mother, Juno looked for a happy couple hoping to adopt. Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) seemed to fit the bill. Juno agreed to give Mark and Vanessa the baby after the baby was born.
When we first meet Mark and Vanessa, there is a vibe going on about Vanessa that makes you think that she was controlling and had some personal issues. Juno, however, was connecting to Mark.
I loved this movie. What I loved most about this is how intelligent and witty these characters were. I found them all so well written with the dialogue sparkling and sharp. The character of Juno was one of the most original character I have seen in a long time. She approached life in such a wonderfully humorous manner.
I was also impressed with how effectively the film avoided the clichés found in this type of movie. Every time I thought that some cliched was about to happen, it took a different turn into a path I was not expecting.
J.K. Simmons was outstanding as Juno’s father Mac. The lines of dialogue were gold delivered by Simmons. He had a great chemistry with Page and I loved their father-daughter relationship. Juno’s step mother Bren (Allison Janney) was another awesome character.
Elliot “Ellen” Page was the heart of this movie. She delivered every moment she had a chance and was simply wonderful. She worked with every character in the movie and that is one of the big reasons this film is as quirky and funny as it is.
Smart, funny, a fantastic script, great performances and plot points that you do not expect make Juno a fabulous movie.