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Movie Review: Jennifer's Body

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Written Sept. 19, 2009

Okay - Okay I took the dive... I actually went to see "Jennifer's Body" and you know what? 1) It was pretty much a dare and I did it. 2) I'm sure I'd see it at some point, so why not go for the ride now and 3) Oddly enough; this film is not that bad... I mean yeah its not an academy award winning piece and it doesn't enhance Megan Fox as an "actress" or even "talent" in my book, but there's something to this film that really embellishes a tone towards our current era... style and language... a lot leans towards Diablo Cody who not only defines what an “American dream” means, but also left me with my jaw open as she's one-of-a-kind in the sense of having had a past for purposes of survival only while working on her craft. It's a pretty common excuse, but if you're not up on what I'm talking about, I suggest you Google her name.  

But anyway, this isn’t about her past… The script wasn't the greatest ever, but if there's something about Cody, she really is out there and in-touch with what it is modern late teens and early adults are into and feed off from. It deals with such styles that start off with fashion all through taste of art and approach on sexual comfort. A lot of what was jotted for this film truly contradicts what she presented with her debut screen-play (JUNO) directed by Jason Rietman, but her versatility surely oozes of a mind that twirls at about 100 mph. Certain dialog works and of course some doesn't, but the intent for "Jennifer's Body" was purely for the sake of an interesting blend between horror, sex appeal and comedy. Did the three work? Good question as beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I'll leave that up to you, but I will say this... the film wasn't as bad as perhaps many would think. We got to see some fresh faces (with the exception of J.K. Simmons who I happen to enjoy by the way) and it also delivered Fox in a different light. From her success with “Transformers” one and two where she barley says anything to “Jennifer’s Body” where it’s pretty much all about her. It’s painful at times, but like many in Hollywood, she’ll wind up being the type that fits certain roles and I think this is pretty much her bread and butter. You know, looking good, seductive approach and memorable lines. We all pretty much have her pegged like others, but it’s what the business is all about.

With a little Vampire-like style only leaning more towards a possession mixed with a liquefied source of dark comedy, "Jennifer's Body" delivers a Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy (Amanda Seyfried) and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer (Megan Fox) are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy's male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty carnage before it reaches her own boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons.)

Did it have its flaws and plot-holes... sure... Where there scenes that really didn't fit... sure... but this piece serves a wee bit for anyone seeking their form of entertainment... from gore, to jokes, cool scenery, gorgeous women (well mainly two! The obvious and that Amanda chick isn't bad either) to sex (A pretty nice girl on girl moment!) and what I thought was a pretty interesting appeal that resembles a bit of "True Blood," only not as good. But you know what? That’s beside the point. Overall it kept me watching and I think no matter what the genre or approach or kind of message, if a film’s able to keep me on my seat and interested in what’s happening next with cuties running around and blood squirting from time to time among other things it’s done its job and I can’t knock it.

Kudos to everyone involved (including Fox) and all I can say is I wonder what Cody’s up to next.



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