|L-R: Micheal Cera and Ellen Page in 'Juno'|
Long time back, I
heard someone mention how stupid they found this recent movie 'Juno' to be. I
never fought back for this beautiful film at that moment, and later decided
that someone who could not appreciate a movie as entertaining and moving as
this one, couldn't have much going on in their brains. Recently I saw the film
again and decided that it deserves another go form my end.
There are many
versions of teenagers that we see in American films, but mostly they are
limited to the stereotypes of popular and unpopular. In Juno, we have a
something that drifts away from these two categories. She is shockingly
confident, which might have make us confuse her for a geek but she steers away
from that too with her caustic humour and the fact that her best friend is a
cheerleader. Juno’s charm lies in the fact that unknown to her she does not
know how to deal with everything. While she deals with the pregnancy with élan,
it is her feelings for the baby's father, Bleeker (Micheal Cera) that she
cannot deal with. And finally it boils down to just that. Love. Because however
confident you may be and how much ever you may score in some test, it is no
guarantee that you are smart enough to deal with real Love even when it hits
you between the eye.
Much has been written
about this film's depiction of teenage pregnancy. Ellen Page’s groundbreaking
performance was one of the best in 2007, not to mention the independent voice
of writer Diablo Cody and subtle direction by Jason Reitman. But what I love
the most about this dramady (drama-comedy) is the last 20 minutes when we
finally see all characters come out of their predetermined comfort zone and
turn into something that surprise the audience.
In the beginning, we
see Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), the baby’s adoptive
parents and decide instantaneously that we like Mark, the cool, guitar playing,
comic book reading husband and dislike the control freak Vanessa. But the magic
of the film lies in the fact that it is not about who is cool but about growing
up. Later in the film as Juno walks out of their house, after finding out that
Mark is leaving Vanessa, you see her broken up for the first time because
probably it is the first time she is in a situation she is not prepared to deal
with. These are the moments that make this film more than a teenage drama.
Juno is a movie of
strange emotions. You will feel lumps in your throat as you see Juno confessing
her love to Bleeker or when she cries in her hospital bed after the delivery.
But the director never exploits those moments to make you cry. Instead, he
drops in a small joke to make you hold that tear inside. That is what makes
this film brilliant.
Frankly, I just don’t
understand the kind who don’t understand ‘Juno’. And truth be told, I never
really want to.
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