Juno Review

by Ed Lau on January 17, 2008

Juno

Every single review of Juno seems to describe the movie using the same two-syllable word: quirky. Therefore, I will attempt to write an entire review of the movie without using that word…except for in the sentence that preceded this one. I’m not the world’s most talented writer and I don’t own a thesaurus so this is going to be a little difficult. Wish me luck.

I’ve been waiting a long time to watch this movie but unfortunately, not too many people I know were particularly interested despite the monumental buzz surrounding the movie and the positive reviews. However, I did finally get to see it this week.

The movie opens with Ellen Page chugging some Sunny Delight before flashing back to an awkward but sweet “love scene”, which is even more awkwardly truncated by Juno yelling “Shut your freakin’ gob!” at a small dog. This scene sets the tone for the movie perfectly as much of it is similar.

Juno, Ellen Page

By now, I’m sure you know the basis of the plot. Juno is apparently a bit bored and decides that having sex might pass the time. The unlikely Romeo is Paulie Bleaker, who is Michael Cera in basically the same role as he’s played in Arrested Development and Superbad except this time he’s wearing yellow short-shorts and a matching headband. Not going to complain though as he’s perfected this by now.

Juno McGruff is a one-liner in the form of a small high-school girl and it is impossible not to like her character. Her banter is absurdly witty and she delivers with such charisma. Heck, I admire the fact that she’s able to say half the things she does with an almost entirely straight face. She plays guitar, drives a beat up old van and has a hamburger phone. She’s the sort of girl that can say something like “pork sword” without the slightest flinch.

Juno, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner

However, like every character in the film, Juno is much more complex than the way she appears on the surface. Because of her sharp wit, we often forget Juno is just a 16-year old girl and so finding her in her moments of weakness and vulnerability are slightly surprising. Ellen Page is absolutely perfect in her role and her performance is amazing. Everything about the way she captures the character from the slight slouch to the small roll of her eyes makes Juno so much more alive.

I cannot stress enough how great this film is. I could go into more detail about the film’s actual plot but I don’t want to spoil even a second. Please do yourself a favor and see this movie. After watching the trailer, I came in with some expectations of how certain characters would be and I found myself almost entirely wrong. The intricacy of each of the major characters is staggering and I must say, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman are all up to the challenge of supporting the film’s star in what must be Page’s breakout role. Other than Page, it doesn’t challenge any of the actors with unprecedented territory (such as Rainn Wilson in a cameo that’s basically Dwight from The Office) but it takes each person’s familiar role to another level.

Juno, Ellen Page

That just might be the most surprising thing about the film…that it is devoid of dead weight. There are no wasted moments in the 96 minute runtime. The plot’s pacing is perfect and the wisecracks will keep you laughing no matter how many times you see it. The indie soundtrack matches so well with the movie’s attitude and nothing is lost in the attention to detail. The script and cinematography match so well.

Of every movie I’ve seen since I started this blog, this is the best. There is so such thing as a perfect movie but I struggle to find any flaws anywhere. It is a crime against humanity if you don’t watch it. If you haven’t seen it, don’t waste your time with some of the mediocre movies in the box office. Go see this sweet, genuine, smart, funny, quirky movie.

…wait. Dammit.

You can thank me later.

Verdict: 10.0 out of 10

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Jacobson January 18, 2008 at 9:03 am

I enjoyed it. Good to see two Canadians having the lead roles too!

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sir jorge January 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

i have to get to the movies for this one

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Rosie January 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Loved the movie! Now I want to get the soundtrack!

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Gdog January 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Juno was definitely a cool movie…it kept me entertained and laughing the entire time. Good review. :)

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Abdalla Ahmed January 18, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I thought your review was good so I went ahead and downloaded the DVD Screener for it as I couldn’t wait for tomorrow (cinema) and im sure as hell happy I didnt fork over £7 ($14) to watch this piece of crap. Damn man, from beginning to end it was horrible!!! The only decent bit was when Junos step mum owns the technician and thats about it.

I dont know how u can classify this movie as the best movie you have ever seen…perhaps its the main charactors are canadian? (I assume Chris is Right).

Th

2/10 for me…and thats only because of the hospital joke scene…

/Rant

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Ed Lau January 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Here it is, folks. The definition of insanity is anyone who didn’t like this movie.

I admit, it’s not for everyone…but to actually find someone in the 1% that found Juno anything less than brilliant is something I didn’t expect.

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Abdalla Ahmed January 23, 2008 at 11:33 am

I think Juno was a brilliant character i.e not the normal type girl but the actual movie was crap!

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Ed Lau January 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm

I’m sure that’s why it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Abdalla Ahmed January 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm

P.S Ed, I recommend Chitika Linx as opposed to kontera, no rubbish 0.02 cents per click but a nice 0.15!

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Jackie January 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

Juno was a really cute movie. You are right, there were no wasted moments in Juno. After the whole Sunny D bit in the movie though, that week I had went to the grocery store to purchase some because all of a sudden I was craving it.

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