After finally being able to see the movie, I can’t say that I agree with the critics. The movie kept me engaged throughout, and also included specific things about the film that I liked, besides seeing Megan Fox naked (which by the way, there’s no gratuitous female nudity in the film). Jennifer’s Body is a horror film with a twist, most horror films involve an innocent female character getting stalked, raped, tortured or brutally murdered by a psychotic or sociopathic male. Director Karyn Kusama does a great job in presenting Megan Fox as physically attractive and unattainable without gratuitously sexualizing the actress in the way Michael Bay has with the Transformers flicks.
I am not sure if i connected with the ideas about female relationships underneath the surface of the story, but I am sure that females did. I did note that there was also a lot about the nature of female friendships. Jennifer is one of those insecure pretty girls who attaches herself to a less-attractive “best friend” so that she’ll look even better by contrast. She’s the kind of friend who subverts and subtly undermines her BFF, then tries to make it appear as though her friend is the one imagining or over-exaggerating slights or offenses. The much talked about girl-on-girl kiss between Jennifer and Amanda Seyfried is about the sexual tension that often exists in female friendships, particularly in adolescence, not the hot sexual scene that many male movie goers expected, or looked forward to.
I actually liked Megan Fox’s performance in this film. Don’t get me wrong, in the Transformers films she’s been little more than eye candy, which isn’t a bad thing, but in Jennifer’s Body, she actually does give a credible and pretty smart performance.
In interviews, Fox has alluded to being aware that she’s perceived primarily as a sex object, and has said that she wants to avoid that over-exposure; perhaps that’s partly what led her to take the role of Jennifer, which required her to be a little fun and campy, and to give a performance that didn’t just rely on her physical assets.
Cody’s particular ear for dialogue may annoy the hell out of you, but she’s right that teens, like the rest of us, stratify ourselves socially in part by use of language. Teenagers are solipsistic and therefore are certain that any adults in their vicinity have little else to do besides listen in on the fascinating conversations they’re having, therefore they must talk in teenspeak.
Is Jennifer’s Body a true horror movie? Not in my opinion.
Is Megan Fox finally given the chance to prove that she’s not just another pretty face? I believe that she played the role well, but look forward to seeing her hone and define her skills in different roles and characters.
On an ending note, I’d like to address the fact that I have read many reviews of this film, and in each one, the RottenTomatoes.com review was referenced, however after visiting the page, I realized that only 116 people (of the 1.5 Million people that paid to see the movie) had rated it to give it the current 42% rating. If you actually enjoyed the movie, or don’t feel that it is getting a correct review feel free to express your opinion below, or even visit RottenTomatoes to give it an acurrate review.