IMDB Rating: 7.5/ 10
One of the best thing from movie screenings from my English Lecturer is seeing movies I would not typically go for. I have heard a great deal about Juno but I never really came around and seen it for myself and once I sat down for that 2 hours in the theatre hall, I knew I was hooked!
This film mainly features the life of a pregnant teenager named Juno. However, what made it different from most teen flicks is how simplistic and how honest the film was. What I admired most about the title character is her perseverance. Unlike most pregnant teenagers, she did not make herself the victim of her own circumstance. Surely, her pregnancy resulted from a one-time sexual engagement that knocked her up. On top of all that, her ‘first time’ being the one that made her pregnant was certainly a story that you do not get to hear every day! Alas, there was not one time in the film that she complained or self-pitied herself, which I thick is really admirable.
Another valuable lesson that I have learned from Juno is that abortion is not always the best thing to do. If I was ever in a situation to make such a big decision, I do not think that I am strong enough for it. I used to think that abortion is better than bringing up a child on your own when you yourself is still a child. However, I came to the realization that denying an unborn child his right to have a chance at life is sadder than bringing him to this world in spite of our own hardships raising him up as teen parents. Because in the end, life is still life.
Another thing that I value from this film is it acknowledges the fact that love dies out and marriages end. I know that marriage does not stand the test of time without tolerance and hard work and acts of love alone would never suffice in making a marriage a ‘happy ever after’, if you may. Jennifer Garner’s character (check out the film for yourself if you want to know what happened to her character, I am restraining myself from giving out too much spoilers) beautifully portrayed the ugly truth: people fall out of love from each other. I am not sure if this film made me a more realistic person or a more bitter one for that matter. Nevertheless, I am glad that this movie helped me escape form the illusion that marriage is as beautiful as They made me once believe.
All in all, Juno is a great watch! A light film with heavy messages. Common themes with an uncommon way of storytelling but still, a worthy film for a go. Thus my verdict is: stream it!
Here is a quote that I found to be really funny, forgive the sneak peak:
Vanessa Loring: Your parents are probably wondering where you are.
Juno MacGuff: Nah … I mean, I’m already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?
As always, thank you for your time.