Best movie of the year. Period. Granted, this statement is made without seeing every movie (or even every movie up for Best Picture) but I feel pretty confident. It would take quite a feat of film making to make me recant. In fact, in our little behind-the-scenes ranking, I gave Juno a perfect 10 – and I stand by that grade. As a testament to this movie’s prowess, I went into the theater with very high expectations (which you should never do) and not only were they met, they were exceeded. So, you might as well prepare yourself because if you plan on reading any further, the rest of this post will exclusively deal with how awesome this movie is.

First and foremost, this movie has the best dialogue that I have heard in a very long time. Watching it you are inundated with wit, humor, and intelligence. The colloquialisms mixed with rapid-fire repartee make you feel both at home and like you just stepped in the middle of a nationally ranked debate team. The entire dialogue, however, would never have worked without the superb performance of the entire cast. The timing alone was phenomenal. This movie, in my opinion, had the best, all around supporting cast of any movie this year. J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney as Juno’s parents were fantastic. Michael Cera, while not in it as much as I might have liked, was great. And, a surprising (if only because I had never heard of her) performance was given by Olivia Thrilby – playing Leah, Juno’s best friend.

The production design in this movie was perfect. Each background expertly supported and enhanced the scene. From Juno’s room with all the posters, stickers, furniture, and layout, to the Loring household with its abnormally tidy and disturbingly Martha Stewart-esque appearance, to the surprisingly realistic looking high school. The amount of detail in each of the scenes was also a welcome surprise – the hamburger phone, blue teeth while in conversation (from a slushie they didn’t really drink in the scene but was on the table), the extremely disturbing pictures on the Loring’s walls, and the aforementioned posters, magazine cutouts, and stickers that were found in Juno’s bedroom and locker. The last piece of the background is the soundtrack, and, once again, the choice and placement of the songs was terrific.

Finally, the awards… Ellen Page gets my vote for Best Actress (with the caveat that I haven’t seen A Mighty Heart or Enchanted, yet). Her acting, timing, mannerisms, and all around performance are nothing short of spectacular. As far as Best Picture, I’d like it to win, but I’m not sure it will. It was far better than Atonement (the current front-runner), and with No Country’s ending being what it is, I think Juno should beat it as well – but I’m not sure that’ll happen. It should absolutely win for Original Screenplay. Anything less would be a tragedy.

So, there you have it. Juno is, thus far, the best movie out there this year. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything wrong with the movie, which means I now need to throw-up after writing such a rosy and complimentary review.

Random thoughts:

  • The scenes with Page and Bateman were just creepy.
  • The furniture moving (from one yard to another) was hilarious and makes me wish I saw furniture lying around on people’s lawns more often.
  • The track team randomly running through scenes throughout the movie was a stroke of genius.
  • Did anybody else notice the lack of cell phones throughout the movie? How does that happen?
  • The number of fantastic scenes in this movie is staggering. I can’t even begin to list all the phenomenal scenes…so I won’t.