Juno – you’ve probably seen it by now, or at least heard about it. Everything you’ve heard is true – it’s awesome. It’s the best movie I have seen in a long time. Juno (the fabulous Ellen Page – if she doesn’t win the Best Actress Oscar then the world is even more screwed up than I thought) is an absolute character, with a way of expressing herself that is both hilarious and down to earth. Her honesty and fearlessness is refreshing, especially in the light of the tough decisions she is forced to make when she discovers herself to be pregnant.
Ellen Page is joined by Michael Cera, in the role of her best friend and father of her child, Bleeker. Bleeker is a keen runner with a penchant for orange tic tacs, and Cera plays him with a sweetness that makes you want to bop Juno over the head when she doesn’t realise his gorgeousness straight away.
Alison Janney and J.K. Simmons are sensational in the roles of Juno’s stepmother and father and the way they recover from their initial shock and support their ‘big puffy version of Junebug’ is beautiful. Jennifer Garner is frighteningly convincing as the potential adoptive mother and freaked me out a little with her over the top obsession with being the perfect mother, right down to the scene where she’s struggling to choose the correct shade of yellow for the baby’s room. Jason Bateman in the role of adoptive father Mark has an obsession of his own – to make it as a rock star, and he and Juno bond over a shared love of music and horror movies.
The soundtrack is brilliant, with many tracks written by Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches. I haven’t got my hands on a copy of the soundtrack yet, but a quick trip into town this afternoon will probably end with a drive home into the sunset with ‘Anyone Else But You’ blaring from the speakers!
Juno. If you haven’t seen it already, hop to it!