This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Juno Rocked!

Juno was definitely a breath of fresh air after the two gritty films I saw yesterday.  

Ellen Page (who will be 21 later this month) virtually sizzled onscreen as she played the quirky 16-year old Juno MacGuff.  I loved the fact that screenwriter Diablo Cody chose to create a very likable lead character who refused to take the "easy" way out of a tough situation--teenage pregnancy.  When she learned that the baby growing within her body actually had fingernails, the idea of an abortion lost its appeal-of-convenience to the offbeat but very intelligent Juno. 

I especially appreciated the fact that, while a heartwarming and entertaining film, Juno delivers some important messages to young women who find themselves in a similar situation.  As she worked out (on her own) the details of finding an adoptive family for her baby, Juno demonstrated a major life lesson:  problems--especially the big ones--don't have to be reacted to emotionally and destructively; they often can be solved objectively and compassionately.   When eggs break, make omelets.  

Although I don't think Juno is "numero uno," I believe it's a darn good movie.

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