‘Jupiter Ascending’ mixed sci-fi with romance, but the only thing that was worth falling for was the beautiful effects.
Heading into Jupiter Ascending, my expectations were high. With the Wachowskis as the backbone, there was some sort of visual and intellectual hope I had for the film. Unfortunately, only one of those were met while the other fell completely flat.
‘Jupiter Ascending’: A Beautiful Mess
Jupiter Ascending was the story of a girl, Jupiter, portrayed by Mila Kunis, a cleaning lady, who is actually the part owner of Earth. Thanks to half-man half-dog Caine (Channing Tatum), she’s not immediately killed but instead put up to an inner battle: save her family or save the world.
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The film was filled with entering and leaving different planets and universes, so much so, it was tough to figure out who ruled what and where everyone was. Not only were the action scenes overdone, campy and cheesy, they were long. Entertaining, yes, but too long never-the-less.
The love story between Caine and Jupiter also fell flat. While her emotions were clear — she was in love — the lines came off non-original and actually extremely humorous. The only character I would say who had an actual plot like that was worth investing in was Stinger (Sean Bean), who was searching for his wings. (Yes, you read that right.)
Sure, Channing and Mila are both beautiful so watching them kiss is nice to see, but it didn’t go any deeper than that.
As a matter of fact, what kept my attention through the entire film was the visual beauty. The film was decorated with Swarvoski crystals so it wasn’t surprising that the costumes, hair and makeup was eye-opening. It was actually tough to look away from.
Additionally, the effects were definitely impressive. While Caine’s constant swooping around catching Jupiter wasn’t exactly authentic, the explosions, fire, and all around space-atmosphere was beautiful.
Unfortunately, that was the only thing that was.
— Emily Longeretta