365 films in 2016: film 42 (Jupiter Ascending 2015)

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 16.55.55.pngI really like the Wachowskis, I thought cloud atlas was one of the most overlooked and ambitious films of the year and I loved the matrix trilogy, the last two films are very misunderstood in my opinion, I mean obviously they have flaws but this isn’t a post about the matrix so I’ll save that for another time.

Jupiter Ascending was a film I was really anticipating when I heard the Wachowskis were working on something new, and from a distance why wouldn’t I be? Another sci-fi action drama with an interesting plot from the directors that had arguably the biggest impact on 21st century action movies? what could they do wrong? Well as it turned out a lot, actually. Jupiter Ascending is a safe card for the Wachowskis, this is nothing more than a by the book, easy watching Hollywood sci-fi film. Fitted with dull characters, unexplained motives and costumes and cgi that already feel dated already.

I found myself feeling confused while watching this film but not in the same, good way cloud atlas confused me, I understood the film fine but there were just too many characters for such an average length movie, which obviously creates another list of problems but ultimately it just leaves you confused and overwhelmed. Along with this mishmash of characters you get stereotypes, and oh boy do you get lots of them, not only do we get an incredibly forced love story which would make even the most Hollywood of writers cringe, we get some of the most uninspired aliens and forgettable supporting characters i’ve ever seen, it’s really incredible how such talented people can make such a sub par movie. 

I really wanted to like this film, it had so much potential to be a clever movie but instead it makes every mistake it possibly can, there are so many things wrong with how this film was executed that I’m kind of surprised, Jupiter Ascending is a 5/10

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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