Jupiter Ascending- Film Review

Don’t let the fantastic looking poster fool you…

So in the UK the Sci-fi fantasy film ‘Jupiter Ascending’ starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum was released near the end of January. The film was directed by the director brother duo of The Matrix and so for some cinema goers, you would understand why they would have high hopes for the film. Dear Readers, please lower these expectations.

The main premise of the film seems to consist of Kunis’ character ‘Jupiter Jones’ being identified as Alien royalty due to her genetic make up. This means that the Earth is technically hers and the three rulers of distant planets (who are all siblings) are keen to get to her in order to obtain Earth for themselves as it is the most valuable planet. Channing Tatum’s character, Cain is hired by one of the rulers to obtain Jupiter and bring her safely to his planet.

One thing I would positively say about the film is that the visuals seem pretty impressive, Tatum’s character throughout most of the film wears ‘anti-gravity boots’ which, if existed, would definitely be on my wish list! However, the main let down was the story-line and the fact it wasn’t told clearly, which meant I was pretty much confused and left to my own devices in terms of deciphering what the hell was going on throughout the film. On the one hand there was what seemed to a story-line concerning youth serum used by aliens which involved the killing (or  ‘harvesting’ as they say) of humans to make it. Then on the other there seemed to be a hint that Jupiter bore similarities (physically) to the Alien ruler sibling mother who had been murdered because she wanted to stop the production of the youth serum.The film also has a romantic element also which felt a bit rushed as I didn’t feel the chemistry was strong enough between Cain and Jupiter in order for romantic feelings to develop. I mean, it was probably less than an hour into the film and Jupiter was already trying to explain to Cain how much she fancied/loved him, which seemed slightly weird to me since they had literally just met…

The film has a generally good cast, in particular, the fantastic Mr Eddie Redmayne who had been having a great year so far due to the film The Theory of Everything– a Stephen Hawking biopic. So since the cast is fairly good, I would say it’s the over ambitious story line that let this film down,; it was simply trying to do too many things at once. In my opinion it meant that I was too confused to properly enjoy the film. Overall, I give it a 4.5/10

Link to the Jupiter Ascending trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoCyL_Pqzu8  (You’re welcome :))

*Other films I recommend which I watched recently: The Disappearance of Alice Creed– two men kidnap a rich girl and hold her ransom but there’s more to it than it seems. Disconnect (starring Paula Patton and Jason Bateman) explores the negative consequences of internet usage.*

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