Today my wife and I saw the movie Juno and we both loved it. I’m kinda sappy when it comes to movies, so I’m not sure this one is right for most “dudes”. It had a lot of humor but no action, little conflict, and is just one of those quiet, pleasant little films.
The movie follows a teenage girl (Juno, played masterfully by Ellen Page) who becomes pregnant and has to decide what to do about it. She decides that she will give the baby up for adoption, and chooses a nice couple from a free shopping magazine.
Juno’s spirit is just so endearing that she carries the film, and you become invested in her decisions and I found myself truly wanting to know how things would end up. Like I said there are no major conflicts or outrageous drama, but it is an interesting story that held my interest to the end. That’s not to say that there wasn’t high emotion, moments that made me hold my breath, and a few tears shed.
One thing that I liked is that Juno’s relationship to her dad and step-mom were very happy, healthy, and loving. No stereotypical “evil step mother”, and no controlling ogre of a father. I appreciated that as both a father, and a step-father because those stereotypes constantly get revisited in Hollywood.
I can see why this sleeper indy movie has taken audiences by storm and placed it in contention for Oscar season. Juno delivers excellent storytelling, excellent movie making, excellent acting, and a quirky little soundtrack which all made for an enjoyable few hours well worth the cost of admission.