Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this week. As usual, I haven’t seen many of the movies because with two kids I’m often too busy to go see anything other than Ratatouille or The Water Horse. Not that I didn’t enjoy Enchanted but that type of movie usually isn’t up for Best Picture. My son doesn’t yet understand why Star Wars didn’t win Best Picture and why National Treasure 2 wasn’t nominated. But I digress. I will say that Ratatouille is up for best animated picture and for screenplay. Gotta love those writers!
Most of the pictures nominated this year are … how should I put it … bloody. I do want to see Atonement, although I’ve heard it’s a bit like The English Patient which was … how should I say this kindly … not my favorite … snooze. Anyway, I will probably get around to seeing it one day, if not at the cinema then on dvd. If the time had worked out I might have gone to see it yesterday while my kids were in school. But all of the showings were set later in the day. I don’t think that would be a good excuse for being an hour late picking up my kids. “Oh, I’m sorry, Mrs. Principal, I was munching on popcorn and watching Atonement at the Cineplex.”
Thankfully, the cinema had scheduled Juno early enough in the day that I could work, then reward myself with a trip to the movies, then race from there to my kids’ school. More cinemas should offer earlier showings for moms with kids in school. Anyway, I digress. Again.
So I saw Juno which has gotten some fabulous reviews and has done fairly well for a little film. I must say I really enjoyed it. I cried. (and I won’t tell you when, so I don’t give away the plot) I laughed. It’s a quirky little film about quirky characters. Right up my alley. It also has a good message. Can’t beat that! It’s not wrapped up in a nice little neat package as we’re often required in the CBA, but the film was better for it. If you have an afternoon, then I highly recommend you go see this film.