Friday, December 22, 2006
Junebug

Let me say this just once; when you married someone, you don't just married the person you love. You married the whole damn family. I mean it. Seriously. So forget about the happy ending, forget about the fairy-tale, forget about how you will live together forever. No.

Madeline (Embeth Davidtz) and George (Alessandro Nivola) are newlyweds. They travel to North-Carolina to pursuit a local painter David Wark (Frank Hoyt Taylor), and visit George's family along the way. Madeline meets the family for the first time; the judgmental mother Peg (Celia Weston), the quiet father Eugene (Scott Wilson), the sullen brother Johnny (Benjamin McKenzie), and the cheerful talkative pregnant in-law Ashley (Amy Adams) who plans to name the baby as 'Junebug'.

I just wanna say that Amy Adams seriously amazing in this movie. I never watched this movie and I thought the whole praising her was a bit too much. But I was amazed how much talent she has and how charming she looks on the screen. Maybe it's just her character, but I think she really is very charming and fun and bubbly. The whole movie is not about her, but I think she steals every scenes. She is great, and I'm glad they've taken notice for her talent and nominated her for an Oscar. That being said, the movie itself is a bit realistic to my taste. Is not particularly boring nor long, but the whole realism kinda make me uncomfortable. It was like watching "Meet The Parents" but the drama version.

So many awkward moments, but it is understandable if you are watching a movie about a family dynamic. The movie seems juxtaposed itself with its lack of background music but also putting a classical music, which seems weird to hear because the whole movie is about low-class family. But I guess it is deliberate. I think the movie is very poetic with its lack of dialogue too, because I think the movie really speaks itself with the actors performances. Everyone gave great performances. I always love Alessandro Nivola, I think he is so talented and deathly cute. He should be in more movies. Ultimately the beauty of this movie is its realism. There are no big emotional breakthroughs, no highly dramatic conflicts, no epiphanies. This movie is subtle, and yet it is memorable.

Ratings: 7/10


Posted at 08:34 pm by hanitje

HoneyBee
January 9, 2007   05:14 PM PST
 
really? emang dasar critanya kan cerita biasa aja, ga luar biasa. makanya yah...biasa aja, hehe. cerita khidupan shari2, gitu lah.
indres
January 5, 2007   05:13 AM PST
 
Yup, Amy Adams memang mainnya bagus. Tapi saya ngga suka dengan filmnya, terlalu ketebak ceritanya dari awal.
 

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