I love “Jupiter Ascending”. I’ve seen it once and I’m going
to go see it again.
It had my heart pounding and my blood racing. On the Hershkowitz
meter where 1 sucks and 10 is great, this movie is a creative, brilliant,
imaginative and original nine.
Others have commented on the stunning visual design of this
movie. I urge you to go see it on the big screen. This is what the Wachowski
siblings do best. The colors and imagery are unbelievably wonderful.
The special effects are well rendered and definitely not
cheesy. The sight of Channing Tatum skateboarding through air is fantastic.
There’s a great spaceship fight over the city of Chicago that had my heart
racing, and ended with a giggle. Go see for yourself!
The music is by Michael Giacchino. If you don’t recognize
that name, you should. He composed the soundtrack for Star Trek, Ratatouille
and Up!, among others. He’s a great composer. Lots of orchestra and chorus
accompany this fantastic space opera movie.
And space opera it is indeed. The Wachowski siblings are
nothing if not visual and they pay stylistic homage to all of the best works in
the space opera genre including but not limited to:
Foundation by Asimov (The great central planet Trantor. Or was it Vogon)
– Dune by
Herbert (The great house of Abrasax! Really ☺)
- Gravity –
Alfonso Cuarón (Floating around in space)
- The Lost
fleet series by Jack Campbell (Portals and Hyperspace)
Rising by David Brin (We are not alone)
– Etc., etc.
Boy is this movie exciting. It got my heart racing and my
blood pounding. It also had funny moments and touching moments. I thought the
scenes with Mila Kunis and her family were very effective and moving.
The actors did a very credible job holding space on screen
in the middle of this full on full-blown space opera action movie. And Sean
Bean doesn’t die☺
Lots of Channing Tatum with his shirt off and Mila Kunis in
skimpy outfits aren’t hard to watch.
The Wachowski siblings wrote the screenplay and it has
gotten a lot of criticism. I think people don’t understand it. In my mind it’s
not much different from a Star Wars movie. It’s a fairytale and an adventure
story and it works.
I love 3-D and I think it is used very well here. I love it
when that fourth wall fades away and I’m flying through outer space. That’s a
very personal and subjective opinion. I know other people hate 3D. The movie
has been released in both 2D and 3D.
I’ll probably see in in 2D when I see it again this weekend.
The fight scenes probably go on for a bit longer than I like
but I can say the same about most of the movies made today including megahits
like Ironman and The Avengers.
Jupiter Ascending is a heart stopping popcorn munching
spectacular 9. Go see it!