I consider myself a movie fan and a bit of a film buff. I can tell my Tarantino from my Taymor and, unlike some critics, I genuinely enjoy watching movies regardless of genre. My favorites list consists of 70s action movies (Raiders of the Lost Arc, Star Wars), Disney classics (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), quirky comedies (This Is Spinal Tap, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), movie musicals (Footloose, Across the Universe) and a few weird eclectic ones without categories (Out of Africa, Grizzly Man, An American Werewolf in London). I particularly love seeing movies in theaters. Over the winter, after a long dry spell, I saw several movies: Enchanted, The Golden Compass, Charlie Wilson's War, and Sweeney Todd. I genuinely loved all of these movies for different reasons; Enchanted for its unabashedly formulaic New York fairytale, Golden Compass for its faithful adaptation of one of my favorite books, Charlie Wilson's war for its snappy, smart social commentary, and Sweeney Todd for the gorgeous music, gorgeous dances, gorgeous costumes and gorgeous Johnny Depps. Mostly, I just enjoy watching movies.
However, never before have I found a movie which changed my life.
Juno changed all that.
I won't go into the plot or the brilliant acting or the beautifully real characters. You can read enough of that in blogs and newspapers. Instead, I'm just going to say that up until now, I have never seen a movie that seemed to speak to me directly. Still more amazing is that it seems to speak to everyone- my mother, who NEVER sees a movie twice, insisted on seeing it with me a mere week after she saw it originally, my little brother who hates everything even mentioning plucky heroines couldn't stop talking about it, and my father, a notorious movie snob, was as moved by it as I was.
As I write this, I'm finding it hard to describe the effect this movie has had on me. Maybe I'm overselling it because the character mirrors me in so many ways my parents have started calling me Juno, and I admit I am easily impressed. But let me just say that never before have I felt a change in my own personality due to a movie. In addition, never before have I, 5 minutes into a movie, leaned over to my parents and said, "I'm in love with this movie."
So, after all this tl;dr I want to get one message out: go see Juno. It is something special.