Friday, September 11, 2009

TIFF: Jennifer's Body

Last night was the Midnight Madness debut of Jennifer's Body, screenwriter Diablo Cody's follow-up to the massive success that was Juno. There are quite a few reactions hitting the web today, and the response seems to be mixed to bad.

Anne Thompson of indieWIRE reports that the movie is scary-fun, saying:

"Jennifer’s Body is great fun. It’s exactly what it sets out to be: an unpretentious send-up of coming-of-age horror movies with a delicious lesbian edge. Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried strike just the right tone as two best buds, one hot and popular, the other nerdy and cute."

Todd Gilchrist from Cinematical feels differently:

"Jennifer's Body substitutes hipster credibility for emotional currency, confuses pop-psychology insight with substantive social commentary, and measures terror on a scale that ranges from the word boo to a dead spider; in short, Jennifer's Body just does not work."

Lots of varying takes, but for me it's looking like a miss for Cody and company here, certainly not helped by Megan Fox's complete lack of talent, though I think people should keep in mind this was probably not a film that anyone, including its makers, were taking too seriously.

What do you think? Are you planning to catch Jennifer's Body?


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