Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending
SCIENCE FICTION, ACTION/ADVENTURE
2015

DIRECTOR: Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski CAST: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppance Middleton, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Doona Bae, David Ajala

RATING – 7.2 out of 10

  • Acting – 6 out of 10
    • You don’t really expect good acting from a science fiction movie, even when it has a cast of good actors. And, while I love her regardless, I must admit that Mila Kunis is not that great of an actor. She’s had some rare hits, but more often than not she’s a miss. And she was mostly a miss in this movie. And so was Channing Tatum (whose only hit that I’ve seen was in Foxcatcher). But that’s okay, because again, science fiction films are less about acting prowess and more about being visually awe-inspiring.
    • But now you must be wondering why I’m giving this a 6 out of 10 for acting, when I just lambasted its two leads for not given good performances. The film has such a high score, despite the blandness of the cast all around, because of one shining performance: that of Eddie Redmayne. He absolutely transforms into a positively malevolent galactic emperor, deliciously evil.
    • Nikki Amuka-Bird was likewise really good too, though it’s hard to fairly judge her, since she didn’t really have a whole lot of screen time.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 3 out of 10
    • Think of every science fiction and action cliché that you can, and now put them into one script, and you have Jupiter Ascending. Not only that, but these clichés are used more than once!
  • Diversity – 3 out of 10
    • A preponderantly white cast, though there are a few POC’s who aren’t just background extras. Even still, most of them only say one or two lines.
  • Visual Effects – 10 out of 10
    • And here we are, the film’s gleaming glory! These were, without a doubt, some of the best visual effects I’ve ever seen. Certainly better than most of what came out last year.
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 10 out of 10
    • Holy ocular orgasm, Batman! Stunning, absolutely stunning.
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 8 out of 10
  • Costumes, Makeup, & Hairstylings – 7 out of 10
    • The costumes were positively beautiful and innovative, and I’m sure will be overlooked at the Oscars come nominee time next year…. Sigh. I loved the costumes so much that I’m sad to have to give this category a 7 instead of a 10.
    • But I cannot forgive the terrible old age makeup on Eddie Redmayne and, especially, Tuppance Middleton. It was atrocious. As was Channing Tatum’s hair. He should never be blond, let alone platinum blond.
  • Plot/Story – 8 out of 10
    • I really liked the story, despite it being riddled with cliché after cliché. It was really intriguing and innovative in a lot of ways. I also loved that it was an original story by the Wachowskis, and not another adaptation. Don’t get me wrong, I love adaptations; I love seeing characters brought to life on the big screen. But we don’t often see original science fiction or fantasy anymore.
  • Time – 10 out of 10
    • Pacing was just fine, time wasn’t too long or too short. I wasn’t left feeling like the final showdown was anticlimactic, which is rare for me.
  • Grandiosity vs. Humility – 7 out of 10
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