Thursday, December 27, 2007

A star is born

So my day-after Christmas gift to myself was sneaking away to an afternoon screening of “Juno.” I’d been dying to see the film since the glowing reviews began streaming in and yesterday was my first chance. Verdict: Oh my God, Ellen Page. I realize you might be looking for further clarification to my dumb-founded proclamation. But to be honest that was my predominant thought the whole time I was watching the film. Oh my God, Ellen Page is amazing. Oh my God, Ellen Page is hilarious. Oh, my God, if Ellen Page was 10 years older I would have a mad crush on her. Oh my God, I might still have a mad crush on her, age-difference be damned. (Hey, she is really 20, it’s not that skeezy…sorta.)

What made the film so good? Its singularly precocious title character. Juno is the is the high schooler I wish I had been, well, minus the whole pregnancy thing. Smart, secure, acerbic, independent, frank and funny as hell. She is the kind of young person you hope really exists out there somewhere. And if she really does exist, you wish you could revert to your high school self and hang out with her by the Gas ’N Sip drinking blue Slushies and seeing who could be the biggest smart ass.

And Ellen, well, all I can say about the superb Ms. Page is that I can’t wait to watch her grow up on screen. In “Juno,” we’ve been given the rare gift of seeing a true talent emerge and stretch her potential. Cinema needs another tomboy with a killer smirk. Speaking of which, how cute was her excitement at seeing Jodie Foster in the lobby during her recent LA Times interview? When talking about actresses she admires: “Jodie Foster, who I just saw in the lobby! I would never bug somebody, but that’s a good star sighting, Jodie Foster.” Her other favorites? Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Sissy Spacek and Molly Parker. Geez, it’s like she is picking my Weekend Crushes for me. And, give it time, she is bound to show up one weekend herself.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm in love with her. And I'm crossing my fingers for possibly more than just a tomboy ;) http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Profiles/20060929/244.page.ellen.092706.jpg

Anonymous said...

I get a gay vibe from hers, maybe is just wishful thinking.

love her since X men.

reader in Queens NY said...

Hard Candy is a film that must be seen if you're an Ellen Page fan(although it is disturbing). That's when I first noticed her, and she is an amazing young actress!

slacker said...

I agree on "Hard Candy." You need to see it.

And she did play my fav of the X-ers.

Page a major talent, seems to be a relatively grounded person, and it appears bound for great things.

Anonymous said...

I get a lesbian (in bloom?) vibe from her too, but maybe it's wishful thinking from me too. Cuz, as I know too well, my gaydar sucks.

AKILAH said...

just saw it. I think this movie should be shown in every high school. Everywhere. For all time. Unless funny shit changes.

my gaydar is usually pretty good, and I think another amazing actor joined the team.

Hard Candy, disturbingly priceless.

citizen spot said...

Saw this yesterday, and I have to say that the rave reviews are well deserved.

Anonymous said...

I've been intrigued by her since I saw her as a 12 year old in a small part in a Canadian movie called Marion Bridge. She stood out even then.

Did anyone see her in a Q&A after the TIFF showing? She was asked if she was like her character Juno, and she said she was sort of, and then she said she's a bit like Sarah Silverman, only less racist! How cute is that :)

Anonymous said...

PS. I don't think its wishful thinking, she comes across as likely lesbian or bi.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the others on Hard Candy and yes, she pings my gaydar too.