Sunday, January 8, 2012

100 Films You Must See #94

Jason Reitman

I've never quite seen a film of it's kind, this well made. Juno is one of those films you can't help but fall in love with. It's a simple story, a teenager falls pregnant and her mission is to find suitable adoptive parents. Witted, intelligent, carefree, Juno is played by Ellen Page who does an amazing job. The ensemble cast from her Mother, best friend, soon to be adoptive parents and the babies Father (Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera respectively) all have great parts to play in Juno's life. It's central to a marvelous, witty and clever screenplay by then first time screenwriter Diablo Cody.

But for me it is Juno's Father (J.K, Simmons) who set's up the emotion that will later be conveyed in the film. After-all we are products of our family and environment and Juno definitely is her Father. His liberal views and sense of humour are reflected through Juno, but Juno being the 2.0 version. Something her Father comes to realise. For me, he is one of the great Patriarchal characters in modern cinema. It's important to have such characters when building up the protagonists own character.

There are also scenes with the soon to be biological parents that would have you at one time laughing with the discomfort they find themselves in and the next moment close to a tear. Juno is an emotional film with refined touches of comedic brilliance. It helps me remember that when you feel there is no more ground beneath you, all is not lost, be happy with what you have and all the things you don't need.

100 Films You Must See

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