- I started this blog as I entered my 40th year, and now firmly in my 40s, I continue to learn so much about life. I'm learning that life rarely goes according to plan and that there's something new to learn every single day, be it a subtle nudge or a smack in the face.... This is my blog about muddling through my 40s-working hard, writing a book, being an ammateur photographer, trying to exercise and eat well, endeavouring to be the world's best aunt, as well as having fun and laughing out loud every single day.
Friday, April 11, 2014
J Dear Rocky - Juno
Juno is one of those films where it seems to me that every word spoken is perfectly chosen and placed. Such intelligent writing. Well done Diablo Cody.
The relationship I have chosen to focus on in this film is that between Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), probably for more reasons than one....
Here we have the stereotypical relationship between the controlling female and the boy who refuses to become a man. I'm not sure whose side we are supposed to take, but I took Mark's.
Mark appears to have been castrated by Vanessa. Gone are his dreams of being a serious musician and in their place are twin sets and nursery paint colours. At times, she is positively cruel in her mocking of his ambivalence about parenthood.
But that's just it really. What gives one human being the right to decide when another human being should be ready to reproduce? Wouldn't it be wonderful if in every relationship that desire or readiness to have a child occurred at exactly the same time for both parents? But how often does that actually happen? How often is one partner coerced by the other before they are truly ready? How does that turn out for couples?
In this movie, while Vanessa and Mark didn't make the distance, Vanessa did end up with Juno's baby and became a more likeable character for it. Our initial sympathy for Mark is supposed to disappear when he almost crosses the line with Juno, but for me it didn't really.....
But, that's another relationship worth exploring in another post....
I give Juno an 8.5/10.
What about you Rocky? Read Rocky's review here.