Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Jennifer's Body (2009)
directed by Karyn Kusama
rating: 2 out of 5 cravats
seen on the screen at Loews Waterfront 22

I agree that there are too few famous female screenwriters and directors in Hollywood, and think it's worth noting how rare it is that a movie - and a horror movie at that - would be written and directed by two of them. Alas, Jennifer's Body leaves too many questions unanswered - was the fire a part of the ceremony? Shouldn't the bottomless whirlpool be more relevant to the plot somehow? Does Amanda Seyfried need glasses and teased hair to play a character named Needy? - and raises too few questions of its own. It isn't that Diablo Cody and Karyn Kusama owed it to anyone to surpass genre expectations; I just wish they had. As it is, Jennifer's Body sinks rather like a rock, with one touching love scene, one crane shot of a lake, and one slow smile - easily the movie's best moment - to leave something like a ripple behind.