Everyone is bounding around the idea that Jason Reitman has had a few flips and flops and is running out of steam. Especially because Men, Women And Children, has already had a sharp intake of critical breath as it lands into cinemas today. But when you look at his body of work, you can't help admire it. Up In The Air, Thank You For Smoking, Young Adult - they are all good, if not great, pieces of work.
But his shining moment is Juno
Written by Diablo Cody, it is a wonderful movie. Cody’s fresh and Oscar winning screenplay offers are new insight into the world of teen. Juno here is written as a powerful leading lady who, instead of worrying about a male entity in life, has enough nuance to make her own decisions. Page herself, said she picked the role because there aren’t enough of these roles. Juno is an brilliant and realistic portrayal of a teenager in trouble. The film doesn’t fall into stereotypes and it doesn’t rely on a Hollywood depiction of teenage girls. Instead, Cody created a character that is relatable in her quirk and weirdness. The dialogue is snappy and witty and full of genuine laughs as well as some pretty heart rending emotional moments. It is an emotional film that has an epic heart. The combination of Cody and Page, both writer and actress, is easily one of the best in movie history, giving life to a character and her issues.
Diablo Cody made a whopping statement about the movie;
“"You can look at it as a film that celebrates life and celebrates childbirth, or you can look at it as a film about a liberated young girl who makes a choice to continue being liberated. Or you can look at it as some kind of twisted love story, you know, a meditation on maturity."
Juno is a wicked treat that is a well rounded movie. Director Reitmen truly makes a great movie, guiding some amazing performances from his cast and telling a unique tale. Though it will be dismissed as hipsterish, it is still a must in everyone’s DVD collection. Fast paced yet gentle, Juno can only be blamed for one thing; influence a lot of people to write better and more humanistic movies
Men, Women and Children is out in cinemas now!