January 18, 2008

Ellen Page - Mature Beyond Her Age...

Oprah is touting the virtues of Juno now (this of course could lead to an Oscar win, because the nomination was probably already a done deal before the Oprah campaign started). I must say, I also found the movie very entertaining (probably had nothing to do with seeing it on a date...right?). After reading several blog posts and other articles on the movie and/or Ellen Page, I decided it was time to watch her other movies (okay, one of them happened to be airing today on one of my many many movie channels making it rather convenient).

Hard Candy was released in 2006 (but listed as a 2005 movie) according to IMDB. Ellen Page will turn 21 in February this year, so she was probably 18ish when it was filmed. This is a good thing as the movie is a disturbing psychological "thriller"
about potential pedophilia (not sure "thriller" is quite the right adjective/genre, but it is very much psychological). IMDB's plot outline describes it thusly: "A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him."

But that is the only the beginning. I'll not ruin it for anyone by revealing the specifics. My interest is more the depth and range of Ms. Page's talent. But as she's been acting since she was 10, I don't think I can really address that now. I will say, however, that Juno and Hard Candy taken separately do show Ms. Page's depth of talent in that she conveys a maturity well beyond her age. I would suspect this is more telling about Ms. Page, herself, rather than about having had good direction. That said, I don't think that these two movies really reveal her range of talent by themselves, as I have seen suggested in other blogs and articles.

Perhaps her range is wide. I don't know. Having seen only the two movies now, what I will say is that I felt her character in Hard Candy seem to be a very dark version of the same character she played in Juno. The same "mature beyond her age" teen who seems to be at or beyond the intellectual and/or emotional level of the adults populating her world. Taken together, I don't see these two roles as demonstrating significant range beyond what is found in either one singly. Hopefully, in the future, I'll have the chance to see further examples of her talent. I suspect as experience comes with age, so will true acting maturity. And then we'll all see the true range of talent that her current work promises.

8 comments:

RED MOJO said...

Starting in 2003, she's now been in 10 movies. I have not seen a single one of them and have no idea what kind of actor she is, or will be. I had not even heard of Juno until I read your blog. I don't really do Oprah, but I'm sure I'll have the priveledge of seeing her at some point as I am quite a movie buff. Right now I'm watching everything I can get my hands on that has Kristanna Loken in it, probably for obvious reasons. hummanahummana

TheWeyrd1 said...

Wow, you're a movie buff and yet haven't heard of Juno...wow again. It's been all over AE too. Girl, stop with the doggy sitting and go catch this flick, it really IS good. It's even better with a date...I'm just sayin'...lol

Anonymous said...

Well I did stop by to see your blog, Very interesting thoughts on the young actress....april says its gay! (shes so charming don't you think?)

Have a great day!

margie said...

Hard Candy sounds really good *runs off to NetFlix*

TheWeyrd1 said...

Thanks for stopping by Margie!

yenbar said...

Gotta say I disagree with you on JUNO, to me it was more depressing than entertaining. The parents of Juno and Juno herself seemed to treat her pregnancy as if it was no more serious a matter than dealing with a cavity... I expected them to be more traumatized but it just seemed to be a minor bump in the road for all concerned.
I realize it's just a movie but it left me feeling sad for her .

TheWeyrd1 said...

Yen...if you thought Juno was depressing (and actually I found it funny and enjoyable) then by all means DON'T see "Hard Candy" because that IS a depressing movie. But thanks for stopping by!

Firebolt said...

I have only seen Hard Candy and Juno as yet, in that order. I want to watch more of her movies. She's awesome.