Jupiter Ascending (2015)Jupiter Ascending is the story of a woman named Jupiter (Mila Kunis)… More Jupiter Ascending is the story of a woman named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) who gets thrust into a whole new world when it is discovered that she is the reincarnation of a queen. This now gives her rights to Earth. Of course, there are people that aren't too happy about that because they have their own plans for Earth. Caine (Channing Tatum) goes along for the ride serving the purpose of being Jupiter's protector. Now, I didn't go into this film expecting a whole lot. I mainly was just looking for something fun. And on that aspect, the film delivered. It was a fun movie to watch from start to finish. That being said there were some things that bugged me about the movie. For starters : Eddie Redmayne's weird accent. So for all those people who scrunched up their faces when Jodie Foster spoke in Elysium....yeah...it's kind of like that. A weird choice for sure. I also didn't care much about Jupiter. Which I know is weird considering the movie is named after her and all. But, she was just the least interesting to me. She was too much of a damsel in distress. Always needed saving, relied on too many people to make decisions for her. There was one scene towards the end where she actually stood up for what she believed in that I liked, but even then she still ended up getting rescued by Caine for what felt like the billionth time. I just wanted more out of her. There were also some things that never really got resolved. And the one example I'm gonna use is a bit of a spoiler, so maybe just skip past this if you don't want to know. Titus (Douglas Booth) basically owns up to the fact that he planned on murdering Jupiter after marrying her (so he could then have the rights to Earth), but nothing ever becomes of it. You see Caine in a later scene that "He'll make sure Titus pays", but you never see anything happen to him. He's never arrested or taken in front of a council, you don't see Caine take revenge on him. Nothing. In fact, he pretty much disappears after that. What happened to him? And the last thing that bugged me was this action sequence right after Caine first rescues Jupiter and they're about to board his ship, but they end up getting thwarted by some aliens (i forget what their species name was). It was an incredibly cool scene, no doubt. However, I couldn't believe that Jupiter survived all that. In the very least she should have had whiplash. But no, she's totally OK. *Eye roll*. Despite those things though, there were some things I did like about the film. The visuals are amazing. Special effects were great. There were some amazing, gorgeous costumes (I do hope it gets a nomination from the Oscars next year) as well as make-up and hairstyling. All deserving. I also liked Channing Tatum in this. What is wrong with me? Since when is Channing Tatum a highlight of a film? I don't know, but he is. I also did like the plot of the film, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of that universe expanded. The action sequences are great, lots of fun, and keep you on the edge of your seat. The dialogue was a bit iffy at times, but nothing that bugged me too much. I also really liked Caine's anti-gravity boots. It was cool how he used them to "skate" through the air. The film did give me vibes of Star Wars. Not just because its a space epic where a protagonist discovers their true self etc. But majorly because the score of Jupiter Ascending sounded very similar to the Star Wars prequels score. It also reminded me of Cloud Atlas a bit. Mainly the "Somni-451" segment of Cloud Atlas, in terms of the ships and landscapes. Which isn't surprising since both were The Wachowski's. Also another similarity was the fact that Doona Bae's hair in this was very Lana Wachowski-esque. All in all, I did enjoy the film. It could have definitely been better though. But I would be up for a sequel, if that ever happened.
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