A Dreamer Walking

Juno- Extra Features Review

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on November 22, 2010


Blu-Ray Review:

Way Beyond “our” Maturity Level: Juno-Leah-Bleeker: 7 out of 10: A well made documentary that lasts about 8 minutes. The feature is about the three kids staring in the film. The actors all talk about their characters and how they were able to embody them. It is all about getting into character and how the kids of Juno were so successful doing so.

Diablo Coby is Totally Boss: 8 out 10: This Feature gives us a 8 minute look at the screenwriter Diablo Cody. We see how unique Diablo’s screenplay is and what makes it stand out. They give us a brief explanation on how Diablo’s screenplay got noticed and what she put into it from her personal life. Jason the Director also talks about what the screenplay means to him and how he really felt like it was Diablo’s movie more then his.

Jason Reitman for Schizz: 9 out of 10: Loved this 8 minute documentary on Director Jason Reitman. It is all about his philosophy on directing this film. Jason talked a lot about the tone of the film and how he tried to be honest to the characters and story. There was a bit of talk between the line Jason needed to walk, from letting us understand the humor but not going over the top with it. We also get good insight from many of Jason’s film team about how good he is in collaborating with others. This short documentary lets you really see what movie making is about for Jason.

Honest to Blog: Creating Juno: 7.5 out of 10: This is a good short documentary on the over all film. The documentary concentrates on the three main stars of the film more then anything, that being writer Diablo Cody, Director Jason Reitman, and main actress Ellen Page. We see how these three stars and the rest of the crew came together to create such a good movie.

Commentary: Director Jason Reitman, Screenwriter Diablo Cody: 6 out of 10: I really didn’t get drawn into this commentary. both seemed more interested in talking about personal stories that happened on set then their process with writing or directing the film. You get pretty much nothing from Diablo. Jason does go into detail about his directing process in a few areas. He also talks a little about what the actors brought to the table. I  think the commentary would actually of been better without Diablo being there distracting Jason.

Over all I think the film was of higher quality then the extra features. You do get some good insight though. I would suggest that you skip the commentary. There is very little information you get on the commentary that you hadn’t gotten on the extra features. Each of the main contributors to the movie were very unique in their own ways, I especially found Diablo and her story to be interesting. Juno was a great movie and the extra features did a fair enough job showing us why.

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