Hello, my lovely readers!
Today I want to talk about a movie that I’ve seen talked about *a lot* on tumblr. So, I am aware of some of the backlash Jennifer’s Body received back when it came out but also how Megan Fox discussed it in interviews. And most of all, I am aware of the cult following this seems to have gathered since it’s release. Color me curious!
The Plot (according to RT):
When a demon takes possession of her, high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox) turns a hungry eye on guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school’s male population, her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), learns what’s happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.
So, here’s the deal. As I mentioned above, I came across this film a lot on tumblr. Based on everything I read I might have set my expectations a tad too high. It’s not a bad film, but I was a little underwhelmed and I’m not sure I’d watch it again. It wasn’t bad by any means but I just think I was expecting too much.
Jennifer’s Body does offer a lot you can analyse and discuss, I’ve seen some really interesting deep dives on it. But you’d have to do just that: actually do a deep dive and dig deep through the film. Sure, there are intriguing aspects that could give you food for thought but it’s not obvious. Honestly, if I hadn’t been exposed to some of the stuff beforehand, I don’t think it would have occured to me to ponder some of the aspects of the movie.
All that being said, there were many things about this flick that I did appreciate!
First of all, the casting. That was most definitely 100% on point here. But it’s not just the casting but also the costume, hair and make up the characters got. You know how so often highschool movies/shows feature these super steril perfect worlds, where everybody always looks perfect and every kid in school looks like a supermodel? I love that here both Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried have scenes looking like somebody you could have actually gone to school with. They have their moments where they do look stunning, but for the most part they look relatable. They look like real people. And honestly, I shouldn’t have to be this excited about that. It should be freaking normal, but here we are.
Along with that I also liked that they get to be dorky, they get to have more than one layer to their personality. It’s not your typical one-dimensional highschool story where you already know every character before you even started watching ’cause they’re all just copy-pasted from the same blueprint you’ve seen a million times before. For all the flaws this film has, it gives us brilliant characters!
I did also like the music (teenage me is quaking), but other than that I wasn’t impressed by the film. There just isn’t enough body (pun intended) to the film. It’s not quite a horror movie. It’s not quite a teen drama. It’s just not quite here nor there. While it hangs in between those two genres it somehow falls flat on both, just failing to deliver depth for the latter what it’s a bit too melodram-y for the first one. It’s a big almost. I see the vision behind it, I appreciate the idea. It’s just not quite it.
I really wanted to love this movie, and I do love some aspects of it, but overall it was a bit pale in comparison to what it could have been. To me it very much seems like a product of it’s time which reflects in some of the music, the outfits and the dialogue. I’m thinking had I seen this as a teenager, I probably would have enjoyed it so much more.
To me, Jennifer’s Body is a big almost. They really nailed some parts but the script fell flat in others and dragged on a little. So much potential and for that I appreciate this film. It’s just not quite there but it is a decent flick! Maybe if I give it a rewatch at some point, I’ll be able to oncover more of the underlying themes. There seems to be a lot you could reflect on with Jennifer’s Body but the question is, do you want to put in that effort, or do you just want to watch a horror film? Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset, so will give it another shot at some point.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!