Sunday, 8 February 2015

Jupiter Ascending

In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign. 

Jupiter Ascending is written and directed by the Wachowski's; it stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and Douglas Booth. I love the Wachowski's works since I saw (and understand) The Matrix for the first time, but to this day with Cloud Atlas in mind I was a little bit sceptical. In fact, they are able as always to deliver an appealing and interesting visual experience. The opening scene itself is mind-blowing, the score is fantastic and the special effects are awesome even if sometimes it feels very fake and entirely CGI/green screen inserted. Moreover, Channing Tatum is pretty good and functional in this movie but his BOOTS are far more interesting! Very good and original idea! Sean Bean is great as well. Unfortunately there's nothing more to say about the movie... It starts pretty strong and suddenly it becomes this two hours long story about who own the earth. Mila Kunis doesn't really embody the character and the level of emotion you can expect when all of sudden you're caught in the middle of all those incredible things. Depicting a very weak woman, who, in several scenes is about to sign her life and inheritance away basically. Then each time, Channing Tatum comes to save her when she thinks he's gone: the usual damsel in distress. She's not a strong character at all, a weak woman who can't care for herself. Plus her Earth family is not relevant at all, that's why when an ordinary person becomes a big thing they usually make this person orphan. Why? Because it's easier. I am a little disappointed by the script for this aspect and as well as the romantic dialogues are hilarious when their not supposed to be. Finally, Eddie Redmayne doesn't become relevant until the end of the movie. This guy is a very talented actor but as I was afraid of: whatever he was doing in this film... It doesn't work! It doesn't feel right at all! At last, this movie has incredibly breathtaking action scenes, it is visually very good but there's not enough substance behind it for a good movie. In the first act and then unfold on a long series of boring conversations with strange alien creatures and awful character design. Even the most dramatic and intense scenes are turned into hilarious moment (not only speaking of this weird elephant things). This film is mess that may be why it falls apart. It starts with impressive series of scenes then the script is not cohesive at all: things just happened (they go to space, they go here and there, talk to him and then to her, etc.). 

Overall Jupiter Ascending could have been so much more than just great mythology, concept and an amazingly grand scope. Dialogues and random scenes happening in the middle of more serious, political and emotional ones are taring the film down. At least it looks great and everybody did their part well enough.

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