Sound Off: The Wachowskis' Sci-Fi 'Jupiter Ascending' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
February 6, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet." The new Wachowskis movie is here. In theaters everywhere is Jupiter Ascending, the spectacular new sci-fi space opera creation from Lana & Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix trilogy, Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) starring Channing Tatum as wolf-hybrid Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in here, too. Is it any good? Or is it a mess? Are the Wachowskis doing well or in trouble? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending.
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To fuel this fire and get this discussion going, there's much to admire about Jupiter Ascending, but I can't help but say it's one huge mess. The Wachowskis are pretty much going-for-broke Star Wars here, inventing an entire universe of characters and creations to play around in. It's actually kind of awesome, but the story is so jumbled, and flips so blandly between Jupiter's life as a toilet cleaner and her potential-to-be-heir to the entire Earth (though she seems so uninterested). On one hand, I wonder if there's a longer cut of this that explains more, on the other, I don't know if much can save this because so much of it is just a hot mess.
Despite these criticisms, I will compliment the FX and visual style of Jupiter Ascending as its the kind of big, crazy, original sci-fi that I love seeing. Another critic (at The Film Stage) made a comparison saying it's this year's John Carter and that's about right. There are a few mind blowing action sequences distributed throughout the film, with stunning space sequences and amazing spaceships of all sizes in it. I enjoyed getting into this part of the universe, and it's refreshing to see some original ideas executed on such a grand scale. But there isn't enough of a worthwhile story for me to call it a good movie, it's purely a spectacular sci-fi concept stuffed into one flimsy script. At least it's fun to watch Channing Tatum as the wolf-hybrid.
What did you think of The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending? Sci-fi sensation or total disaster?
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