Print Story Did anyone else think Juno MacGuff was an obnoxious pain in the ass?
By georgeha (Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 07:09:35 AM EST) death, teeth, snow (all tags)
or am I bringing too much of my own life into it?

Plus Inkheart, Inkheart, the service and other death related things, troubles with the crown, too much snow and less.

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Friday night twelve year old, her bff and I went to see Inkheart the evening it opened in the Rochester area, which is a first for me. I liked it, as did the girls, though they had to list every discrepancy from the book, which led me off to ranting about Jackson's LOTR movies, no Bombadil, Moria looked like a tenement, no scouring of the Shire, and I never even got to elves at Helm's Deep, but I digress. I found Brendan Casey a little jarring as Mo, as nearly everyone else had an English accent, but the author really, really likes Brendan, envisioned him as Mo, and made it a condition of the filming. I preferred Capricorn (the main bad guy) when he was Gollum. The scenery was gorgeous, most of it was set in the Italian Riviera (I was picturing something more Sicilian like), with a fair bit set in Switzerland. Recommended for the bookish sort of tween girl, with a more indepth review of the source material further down.

Sunday I was able to finish the book version of Inkheart. In it, Meggie is a twelve year old girl who loves books nearly as much as she loves her dad, Mo, a renowned book repairer/binder. She misses her mom, even though she has no memory of her, as she left nine years ago. One rainy night, an odd man named Dustfinger appears at their farmhouse, he upsets Mo (who he calls Silvertongue) so much that they pack and leave the next morning, taking Dustfinger and an odd book that Meggie had never before seen to an eccentric book collecting Aunt in Switzerland. It turns out the Mo has the strange ability to create things from books when he reads out loud, nine years ago he was reading the book Inkheart and three characters appeared, Dustfinger, a thug named Basta and an even worse thug named Capricorn. To balance this gift, when something comes out of a book, something must go in, nine years ago it was some cats, and Meggie's mom. Needless to say, Mo doesn't read out loud anymore.

Capricorn has taken a liking to the 20th century, and has gathered as many copies of Inkheart as he could, and also gathered someone with Mo's gift, almost. His reader is not as good as Mo, so he sends his henchmen to get Mo, to have Mo read more friends from the book.

I'm not as unique as I think I am. At first, I liked Juno, but not that much, at times I found her behavior obnoxious and too much a smark aleck. I suppose it's because my oldest D is close to her in age, and sometimes attitude. Also, it was almost too twee, veering a little too close to a quirky Wes Anderson tribute film. Finally it reminded me of Brick in that I don't know any teenagers that talk like that. But, it grew on me as I watched it, and watched Juno become less a smart ass, she lets down her guard a bit and becomes an insecure teen dealing with adult issues. I guess this is a pretty darn common reaction. It will be a contender for my top five list of 2009.

In death news, an uncle died this week, he was riddled with cancer and barely hanging on in hospice. I wasn't expected to go the service, and it would be very hard to go for both days, so I didn't. In other death news, the service for the ten minute old was hard, at least with old people they got to live a full life. The food was okay, this church has done better funeral dinners.

We got a lot of snow Wednesday, close to a foot in places. It brought out a lot of foolish behavior, you know, people who think their 2wd vehicles will just levitate through snowplow packed ridges of snow higher than their axles. Seriously people, it's Rochester, it snows, get a 4WD or shovel the end of your driveway. The schadenfruedenist sort was the two young dudes with the big black pick up track, should have spent a few grand more on 4wd, or shoveled, or bought some tubesand. It's garbage day too, trying to navigate narrow city streets while dodging big garbage and recycling trucks made it interesting, but all the girls made their buses.

Wednesday night's driving was bad too, I ended up driving an hour to go straight to my dentists, to put my permanent crown on. The crown didn't fit, so the prying off the temporary, removing temporary cement without novacaine and all that was a waste, two hours of my life gone for nothing.

I'm off to find some RAM, we're celebrating my dad's birthday Sunday, and he wants his HP to be faster.

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Did anyone else think Juno MacGuff was an obnoxious pain in the ass? | 10 comments (10 topical, 0 hidden)
Service for a 10 minute old by debacle (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 07:48:35 AM EST
That sounds fucking rough.


Yeah, even with months to accept it by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:18:58 AM EST
it was rough.

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Juno. by blixco (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:08:39 AM EST
I'm amused by some of the critique I've read and seen regarding that flick.  My favorites, though, are much like yours: "Who actually talks that way? Who acts like that?" and etc.  That it's not a documentary seems to surprise people.

In a movie like Brick (in my top five movies of all time, no shit) or Juno where teen characters are stylized to the point of surrealism, the point is not the capacity for reality but the sheer joy of the dialog, scenery, and capability of the actors, regardless of the amount of suspension your disbelief requires.

Was Breakfast Club any closer to reality? These pinpoint pure examples of each archetype said things we wished we could say in ways we wished we could say them. No more or less realistic than the characters in Juno or Brick.

I guess any film that gets hype will be subject to criticism of all type, but it seems strange to me that the biggest critique is how unreal it is.  That's like critiquing the X Men films for being unrealistic.

"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin
and what's with Kimy aDawson's music by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:20:30 AM EST
it's weird and amatuerish at first, and then it borrows into your brain.

Here is the church, here is the steeple,
We sure are cute for two ugly people

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I saw that movie once, months ago. by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:40:58 AM EST
And now that song is running through my head. Gee, thanks.

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Does Mrs NFB have an acoustic guitar? by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #6 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:42:09 AM EST
so you could do that cute duet?

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No. by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:42:58 AM EST
thank dorg.

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No kidding. by blixco (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 09:43:45 AM EST
My wife hates the soundtrack, but that last song in the credits that goes on round-style for, like, twenty minutes?

There's a lot of pretentiousness in such simplicity (mainly the conscious choice to eschew modern music techniques in favor of a well-planned slightly-off garage sound ethic), but it is catchy.

"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin
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The whole movie is insidious like that by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 09:50:13 AM EST
and very well made, you get odd music that borrows into your brain, character growth, the cool daddy wannabee becomes a jerk.

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A gigantic pain in the ass, Juno. by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 03:35:08 AM EST
But I really liked the film. They's have won a few more points if the possibility of abortion had been dealt with in a more serious way.

I was also impressed with her acting. Even the tone of her voice gets less annoying and whiny as the film goes on, and I don't think all of it was shot in sequence. And I could see a teenager who genuinely believes she's smarter than everyone else being that cocky in her general behaviour, although perhaps not being quite that good with her language skills.

Did anyone else think Juno MacGuff was an obnoxious pain in the ass? | 10 comments (10 topical, 0 hidden)