I’m here to tell you not to listen to what critics say about the latest film from the Wachowskis. Film critics are people who have watched thousands and thousands of films over their career with a lot of them being awful and a pain to watch. As the number of terrible films adds up their weariness about the whole medium grows. They begin liking hating films and watching them even becomes a chore. It colours every review they write. How do I know this you ask and the answer is because I am a film critic of sorts. Thankfully I have not become so jaded that I cannot enjoy a light film like Jupiter Ascending by the Wachowskis.
If you are looking for a film on the par of The Matrix trilogy then you will be sorely disappointed. The Matrix films were probably a once in a career for the Wachowskis. They were that good and influential in the scheme of Hollywood lore. Jupiter Ascending is a fun film rather than a career building one. It is filled with as many flaws as it is fun moments. As cheesy as it is honest. In other words it is rather uneven, but still a nice diversion from the insanity that is life.
Most adult humans hate their lives. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis – Black Swan, Ted) falls into this category. She lives in a dumpy apartment with her mother (Maria Doyle Kennedy – The Commitments, Albert Nobbs) and other assorted relatives. Jupiter spends her days cleaning other people’s houses and dreaming of the stars. The day she is attacked by some people at a fertility clinic and then saved by genetically altered ex-military hunter Caine Wise (Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher, Magic Mike) is a day where her whole life changes.
Her genetic signature means that she is next in line for an inheritance that will alter the course of the entire universe. Jupiter’s mind is blown when she finds out those that tried to kill her were actually aliens called Keepers and that she is in no way ordinary. She is actually royalty or more specifically a reincarnation of the matriarch of the House Abrasax.
Jupiter’s life is going to become something very different. Something very crazy involving a fight between siblings Kalique (Tuppence Middleton – The Imitation Game, The Love Punch), Titus (Douglas Booth – Noah) and Balem (Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything, My Week With Marilyn) and saving the entire planet Earth.
At times while watching this film you will feel like it must have been written by someone on drugs in that it is so disjointed and that one of the worst decision in recent film history is that recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne speaks like an elderly British women in a role in which we are supposed to believe that he is the biggest of all the baddies. Makes you laugh (both the silly at times script and Redmayne’s voice) at the utter ridiculousness of it all.
Despite the storyline mess that it is the film looks great. From the cinematography to the sets to the costumes Jupiter Ascending is all eye candy of the top order. Most of the visuals are CGI dessert. Sumptuous to look at. Yes, more thought and time was probably spent on the way the film looks and the sets than the story, but that is fine because I was still entertained.
How can something be awful and yet entertaining at the same time? See all B films ever made. B films are horrible yet awesome at the same time. This is definitely the category Jupiter Ascending falls into. It is not a good film, but there is stuff to enjoy here.
-Jupiter Jones: Destiny is Within Us
-Caine Wise: Interplanetary Warrior
-The Wachowskis: Minds over Matter
-Worlds Within Worlds Within Worlds
-Bullet Time Evolved
-From Earth to Jupiter (And Everywhere In Between)