By The Filmhead (Holliston, Massachusetts)
Jupiter Ascending is the new film released by the Wachowski brothers and Warner bros. This was a film that I did not have high expectations for going in. The trailers did not really grab me and the Wachowski’s do not really have a reputation for being great storytellers. A though I did not particularly care for the film, it was better than I thought it was going to be. So here are some things I liked about this film and the things I didn’t care for.
The Wachowski brothers are known for their visually stunning films, like the revolutionary Matrix. Jupiter Ascending was no different. This film was gorgeous and breathtaking. They did a really good job of making this world seem so grand and big. Another positive to this movie was Channing Tatum. He definitely stole the show. He didn’t come off corny or unbelievable. Even with those Vulcan ears. This dude keeps getting better every time I see him in something new. The last concept that I thought was cool was the idea that the little minion aliens were similar to the Grey’s we all know from popularized television and pop culture. Even the beam of light that abductees claim they see when they are pulled into the UFO’s. The idea of them using these ideas, as farfetched as it seems, it was relatable. I really liked that.
With all the brilliance of the visual effects it lacks just as much in narrative, script, and character development. A story being told without any emotional connection to any of the characters, always fares to be a dull and bland film no matter how colorful. Without the connection to Jupiter, I felt like the whole second half of the film just dragged on and was pretty anticlimactic. I felt such a lack of connection with these characters I couldn’t even tell you their names. I actually dozed off in the middle because it was getting so boring.
The dialogue in this film was cheesy and campy and I didn’t buy into it at all. My last big criticism is Eddie Redmayne, holy cow! Actually I’m going to pity poor Eddie Redmayne. He is such a phenomenal actor, I just don’t understand. This character must have been written poorly. His dialogue was just dreadful, and that voice, it’s was like a horrible Marlon Brando impersonation. I know I’ll be doing that voice for weeks to come.
Overall, Jupiter Ascending was better than I thought it was going to be, but not by much. I recommend this film if you’re in to Sci-Fi/Fantasy or if you like any visually stunning movies. I am going to give Jupiter Ascending a 6 out of 10. I will end with this, I am even more pumped about the Gambit stand alone after watching him in this movie. Thanks for reading guys.