Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons
Synopsis: The story of Jennifer, all-round popular girl, cheerleader and, um… demon. Need I say more?
A review by Film Nerd.
I started watching this film in that pure prospect of not knowing what to expect. After all, this is a film penned by Diablo Cody, whose debut script was the stand out feature Juno. However it is also a film headlined by Megan Fox. Sure the camera loves her, but as an audience, I have not been a big fan of her acting. She was after all one of many dire elements in Transformers 2. Add to this the fact that this film has suffered from straight to DVD (or in my case, Blu Ray) hell.
I think that fate was a little bit unfair. Especially given the fact that there is a cavalcade of lesser horror flicks that make it to the big screen. It also seems to me silly that they did this, given that the vampire genre is the current in thing. This is not Twilight though, and I only say that with the greatest delight. Cody’s script is definitely the star of this film, taking your regular horror conventions in big doses, but there is an energy and a dialogue that make it feel somehow fresh.
Megan Fox may headline, but it is not her film. More screen time is dedicated to our narrator, Seyfried’s “Needy”. Okay, it is an appalling character name that also acts as descriptor combo, but this girl has talent. This role is a far cry from dancing up and down piers singing Abba songs. Before Jennifer became a vampire, Needy was her best friend since childhood, and she treads that fine line between despair and horror at what is becoming of her “BFF”. Fox I will admit gives a better performance than I am used to seeing from her, perhaps being freed from Michael Bay’s direction, but it is still patchy. When she does slip, it is to the detriment of the film, and for me it took me out of the narrative a bit at times. A pity, as when she does pull off the role, there is some hint of talent there. Hopefully with some maturity and experience, she can foster this further in future. Little need be said about the rest of the cast. They are all adequate in small roles, though the focus is rarely taken from the leading pair.
I have not discussed much plot, and that is for the pure reason there is no need to. We have seen it all before. So in many respects this is a film for the journey, for the jolts, the dialogue and the visuals. After viewing though, there is nothing of real meat to take away with you though. So it really is a horror film then! I watched the extended cut, and not having seen the theatrical cut, can’t comment on what was added and whether it was a benefit though. There can’t have been too much cut though, as this version still runs at well under 2 hours.
So yep, this went straight to DVD, but if you are a horror fan, or a fan of paranormal fiction, it is worth while you take a look. If there is one final recommendation I can make for this film though, it is simply this… Jennifer’s Body may be Megan Fox with patchy acting, but at least it doesn’t “sparkle”.
3 stars (out of a possible 5)