Today I’m pretty proud of myself. Not so much the weekend because I didn’t even get a romantic comedy review in for my Valentine’s marathon. But then its always kind of quiet during the weekend. Now, I’m proud because on Friday night I said that I was going to go see Jupiter Ascending (one of my most anticipated movies of 2015!!) on Sunday afternoon and early this afternoon, I managed to get my ass to the theatres despite the snow.
Honestly, although this is still my most anticipated movie despite the pushing back of the release from last year to this year, I can’t help but be a little worried that it might let me down, especially since this is kind of trash season at the theatres. Plus, RT has it at like 22% rotten, but then, I don’t always agree with RT so I kind of pushed that out of my mind and still went. Channing and Mila haven’t disappointed me for a long time and I’m sure they won’t. Got to stay positive, right?
Let’s check it out, shall we?
JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)
Director & writers: The Wachowskis
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton
Jupiter Jones was born being told she was destined for better things as a baby. As a young woman in Chicago, she wakes up at the brink of dawn to be a caretaker with her mom cleaning toilets and other people’s house. Hating her current stagnant life, her only dreams are to have the money to get a telescope to gave in the wonders of the sky just like her father. Until one day, a genetically engineered ex-warrior, Caine Wise under command to search and save her from the surprise attack from the current leader of Earth in the faraway planet in outer space, Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne). Being whisk into this outer space world that recognizes her a recurrence of a past authority and mother of the current leaders of the world, she gets caught up in the fight between her past life’s children, Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), Titus (Douglas Booth) and Balem. The only person she can trust is Caine but she also needs to make decisions to save herself and possibly her family on Earth as well, while deciding if she can take on the rightful responsibilities to reign Earth.
Man, thats a really long synopsis. I just don’t know what to cut out and what is saying too much. Either way, when I make long synopsis, that usually means that I enjoyed that movie a lot. Jupiter Ascending was absolutely not disappointing. Sure, its not a perfect movie and its obvious that it wasn’t. I’ll explain it a little more later but I was able to get past some of it and really fall in love of in for various reasons. If there is no other reason to see this, the CGI is awesome in this. Everything is so beautiful to look at it, from the Earth, the planets, kingdoms.
Another element to really love was ALL of the intense action. Hell, every single time there was an action sequence it was crazy intense. I was grabbing tight to the edge of my seat. It was convincing to make me wonder if they would achieve their objective. Channing Tatum’s Caine Wise was just absolutely bad ass! LOL! Plus, all that outer space technology was so fun!
However, visuals and action means little to some viewers and the one thing that a lot of people probably will critic will be the story itself. I fully acknowledge it, especially because I kind of found the love story a little bit forced BUT, I was able to get through it because Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis took Caine and Jupiter and added this awesome chemistry. I just couldn’t resist their presence together and I kind of fell in love with their characters more than the love story itself, plus some of the dialogue was pretty awkward and funny at the same time. But hey, if you don’t see pass this, I’m guessing its going to be a big flaw. I’m just saying, I was able to get pass it.
Even if its not the love story, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis both started out as an actor and actress that wasn’t extremely appealing to me but they’ve really stood out and improved so much that I always look forward their performances.
The love story however is the side story to the actual plot of this whole dictatorship and reigning of Earth’s story. Everyone want a piece of this valuable land because it holds a lot of value and each sibling wants a piece of it. Titus and Kalique both don’t have the rightful reign of it so they have to charm Jupiter to believe them. Its a game of whether who is lying and for what reason. Now, lets take a look at the siblings a little. I’m going to put Tuppence Middleton’s Kalique away because sure, she was good and sufficient for what she did but the main ones here is Titus, played by Douglas Booth. I spent a good bit of the movie trying to figure out where I saw him before. It was in LOL and thats a movie that I kind of want to forget I saw..haha! I really liked the whole charming Douglas Booth because he really gave a convincing performance for Titus. I hope that he gets more roles in the future. I’d like to see how he progresses as an actor.
My surprise was that Eddie Redmayne was part of this. Honestly, I only saw the preview once or something and I can’t even remember much of it but the concept of Jupiter Ascending was what drew me in even before I knew too much. Sometimes, thats the best way to go see a movie. I’ve loved Eddie Redmayne since Les Miserables so seeing him as a villainous ruler definitely a change in pace because he got a funky voice but also a very good performance on his part.
Overall, Jupiter Ascending has great CGI visuals and the set is lovely to watch. The characters are engaging because of the casts’ outstanding performances and the action scenes which cover a good 70% of the run time is always intense to watch, keeping the movie at a solid pace. However, the story has its flaws especially with a rather forced side love story between Jupiter and Caine.
Still, I had a lot of fun with this one and I’m definitely adding this to my movie collection when it comes out on Bluray 🙂
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