Friday, January 18, 2008
I have been really floored by the amount of hatred I have seen thrown towards Diablo Cody and her script for JUNO, specifically the dialogue which has proven apparently catastrophic for people who demand their movies sound just like real life. I don't have any problem with people who don't care for the film but for the folks who seem so absolutely offended by Cody's 'unrealistic' dialogue my question is this. Why do all movies have to be accurate reflections of real life and, perhaps more to the point, how many actually are? Are the characters in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN really representative of the kind of people you meet in everyday life and does the dialogue sound like what you are hearing? Or how about SUPERBAD, another Michael Sera film from this year that has had a load of acclaim thrown on it. I've never met two guys as consistently funny or equipped with so many powerfully great one liners as the two leads in this film in 'real life' but damn if I am going to let that spoil my enjoyment of the film.
Anyway the anger thrown at JUNO and Cody has really surprised me. Honestly a lot of it sounds like a threatened boys club scared of a talented young woman knocking at their precious members only door.
This letter to Roger Ebert expresses a lot of what I am feeling as does his response. I am especially taken with "Why do people continue to expect every film they see to be a flawless reflection of reality when no film, not even a documentary, could ever accomplish such a feat?" and Ebert's response of, "Movie characters don't talk like real people. If they did, they'd drive us nuts."