Jennifer’s Body (Lonely Devil Review)
Jennifer’s booty – I mean – body! Pardon me, Freudian slip there. As I was saying, Jennifer’s Body claimed to be a hot and scary gore fest chock full of blood and oozing with innuendos of sexuality… wait, what? Innuendos of sexuality? Where is the actual sexuality? I’m talking gratuitous sexual sequences with boobs man! And where is that hardcore Hostel style gore? Isn’t this movie rated R? Sure there’s some great witty dialogue and surprisingly good acting, but this is horror! I want some campy scenes and gratuitousness. It feels good coming out of the mouth, go ahead, say it gra-tu-it-tous-ness. It was kind of sexy, but I don’t remember seeing any boobs… and I was looking for them.
Ok, back on track here. The film is also highly predictable, as most plots go for the horror genre. So many times I thought to myself “don’t go in there… she’ll kill you!… told you so!” Why must everyone become a complete idiot in these movies? Maybe it is supposed to make sense because they’re in high school.
Sure there was a lot of Megan Fox being sexy and seductive, which was nice and all, but it wasn’t such a strong contrast from her character before the whole bodily possession transformation. Not to say she wasn’t convincing, because I sure was convinced, just saying that it only caused her character to become more extreme in the characteristics that were already there. Amanda Seyfried is the main character and focus of the film as Needy Lesnicky. She does a great job with what she’s got. I guess I don’t have much to say about her. It is little odd that she was named Needy, because the character really isn’t. It was probably on purpose.
Overall the film is more of a teenage drama than a horror film which will definitely disappoint the hardcore horror fan. 2 pitchforks.
Honestly… This could’ve been bad. This should’ve been bad. Everything about this screamed cliché and I was legitimately prepared for the worst, but there was one wild card… Diablo Cody. You may have heard of her. She wrote a small film you may have seen called Juno. She only won an Oscar for it, but whatever, right. Affleck & Damon have one of those.
Without the quick wit and razor sharp humor that would constantly emit mixed emotions of simultaneous shock and hilarity, it wouldn’t have worked. Also there are some really great metaphors used throughout that you have to watch for. Pair all that with some great performances, clear directorial vision and an actually not annoying Adam Brody, and you have a film that walks that fine line of Campy Slasher Crap and Honest Psychological Thriller like a pro. It’s like watching a dude doing flips on a motorcycle off a high wire in a circus while juggling and telling jokes, it should’ve gone so wrong. The good music really helps too. I’m almost mad that it was so well done. Damn you Diablo! Damn you to hell! I give it 3 ½ pitchforks.