One might think that the only draw to Jennifer’s Body would be the body part and as one of many that can’t stand Megan Fox (Transformers), the only name in the cast that had me brimming with anticipation was Diablo Cody (Juno). So, needless to say, I was going in with mixed feelings and with only one question to answer: can a great writer take a hated actress and make a good movie?
Jennifer’s Body is the story of Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried) and her best friend Jennifer, two girls that just attended a Low Shoulder show, a band with Gothic good looks that are looking for Satan to help them move forward in their indie career. After a fire at the show, Needy is left alone when Jennifer is taken by the band for a little van fun. When she returns there are just a few problems, one she might be a demon and two she throws up black tar. If that alone didn’t raise Needy’s concern, the fact that people in her town are being eaten alive sends her to the local library’s small but informative occult section to learn how to stop her hungry friend.
You might be saying to yourself “Wow, that sounds stupid” and it is but, that’s what makes it great. This horror film is no where near scary but I don’t think that was it’s goal. Cody has written a surprisingly funny and campy horror film in the same realm of classics like Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. The script is witty and the dialog is the kind of writing that makes actors like Fox enjoyable. Like Cody’s Juno, this film comes with it’s fair share of quotable moments that are what make this movie so good, and shows that Cody not only can write about mental split mothers but there really is no genre she can’t touch.
Like I said before, I’m not the biggest Megan Fox fan and it almost pains me to say that she was really good in this film. I’m saying that it was almost like she was playing herself, or at least how I imagine she really is. Fox delivers each line with great timing and makes you feel like she had lot of fun playing Jennifer. Fox is not alone in this and though she gets main billing she is also not the main character, that honor goes to the Big Love stand out, Amanda Seyfried. Amanda does a great job of of playing a character that goes from mentally scared to down right crazy. She really adds more to an already stale character genre, the ugly friend that eventually finds her way.
The only complaint I really have about this movie is the way it was shot, this is what holds Jennifer’s Body back from being on the same level as the Raimi classics. There are points when I could see what Cody was trying to do but the way it was shot takes it from classic campy horror to just crappy horror. Instead of having any since of originality from behind the camera we just get a film that looks like every other teen movie. The only real since of cinematic style comes during the credit roll and feels like a breath of fresh air. Over all, the film leaves you feeling good and my only worry is that a bad trailer will leave the seats empty when it comes to Jennifer’s Body.
I give Jennifer’s Body 4 “Quotes By The Master” out of 5
by Ryan Davis