Jennifer's Body Reviews
When small town high-school student Jennifer is possessed by a hungry demon, she transitions from being "high-school evil" -- gorgeous (and doesn't she know it), stuck up and ultra-attitudinal -- to the real deal: evil/evil. The glittering beauty becomes a pale and sickly creature jonesing for a meaty snack, and guys who never stood a chance with the heartless babe, take on new luster in the light of Jennifer's insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, Jennifer's lifelong best friend Needy, long relegated to living in Jennifer's shadow, must step-up to protect the town's young men, including her nerdy boyfriend.
This is one of the few films where I read the screenplay before I saw the film. In my script analysis class, our teacher is friends with the director Karyn Kusama. Because of that relationship, we're able to get our hands on different drafts of all her work. It was interesting to read the screenplay first than watch the film after. Now my opinion on the film is different, but the whole process was really cool. I typically read the screenplays after I watch the film, but I had the pleasure of reading the screenplay beforehand.
Now in terms of how much I liked this film, I didn't. We've dissected the script and its themes and I think the concept is awesome. The underlying messages and motifs are so cool and the entire concept has potential. However, I genuinely don't see it in the execution and I strongly disliked this film. I didn't hate it, but it just got ridiculous. I think there were some cool, underlying ideas but it never got put into action. I think with any film, you can dissect it and find amazing things under the surface, but it doesn't justify how it was written or the execution.
I think this film was just cheesy and corny. No, it wasn't cheesy and corny in a way that was smart, it was cheesy and corny in a way that was cheap. It felt poorly written and not in touch with the setting. It was almost laughable how bad some of the lines were. Maybe that's because of the performers (who were fine by the way), but I don't think it was great writing. I was surprised at how many women were behind this script because when I originally read it, I thought otherwise. It doesn't really feel like a film that's empowering women in any way, rather just a ploy to target that demographic.
In the end, "Jennifer's Body" can be enjoyed by some, but it ultimately falls short in the goals it sets for itself.
If you answered yes to any of these question, this film may be for you. It is a surprisingly thoughtful film about the roles that women are cast in in both horror movies and in life. Megan Fox and Amanda Syfried are great as both best friends and rivals. They own their sexuality in ways that horror movies generally do not allow women to do. Sex in this movie is a weapon, a hindrance, and a joy, so much more than the "if you have sex you will die" trope in many classic horror films. The film has a surprisingly nuanced exploration of the virgin/whore dichotomy that I think tends to get overshadowed by how undeniably hot Megan Fox is. Jennifer's Body gets a lot of flack but I think it is a fun horror movie with an interesting and thoughtful take on the women who drive its plot through their friendship/rivalry.
I know it is probably not for everyone, but I really do believe that this film is worth giving a shot.