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SIMPLE REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my latest film review and today I’ll be talking about Jupiter Ascending. I’d heard a lot of bad things about the film, but I thought I’d give it a chance because I like the Wachowski brothers. But after leaving the cinema I’m kind of lost for words as to what I just watched.

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So the story summary can be described as the following:

“In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.”

I’m annoyed at this film because there are moments of originality and intrigue, however it is wasted on a convoluted and cliché plot. Throughout most of the film I felt like Towelie from South Park and kept saying to myself “I have no idea what’s going on.” Really, I’m not joking. There are moments, where things happen with several characters over many different locations and most of the time I wasn’t really following what was going on because of a few things like disjointed storytelling, odd pacing and a lot of jargon. Most of the time I didn’t care about what was happening on-screen and was just waiting for the next action sequence. Sometimes it feels like the film forgets what its main plot point is and gets lost with subplots or characters who come in and out of the film without any long-term relevance.

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When it comes to the cast the performances vary. Mila Kunis is still as gorgeous as ever and she does a decent job as Jupiter Jones, her character is a little annoying at times, but is more capable than most women in her situation usually. Channing Tatum as Caine is decent, he doesn’t do anything that is overly good or bad really, but he handles the action moments well. Also Sean Bean as Stinger is pretty fun and Douglas Booth is fine as Titus. However the main person I’ll remember from this film is Eddie Redmayne as Balem. Balem, he acts like this big bad villain, but he hardly does anything truly villainous and he is hardly intimidating especially when he whispers nearly all the time (besides when he freaks out and shouts). I’ve gone from seeing Redmyane in his best performance (The Theory of Everything) to his worst (this film) and it is just astonishing. This performance is pretty bad, however, at times he also turns into something very humourous to watch. Everyone else is either fine or irrelevant as they don’t have enough screen time for them to matter.

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The one thing this film succeeds in is the presentation. Visually this film is beautiful, truly a sight to behold with such gorgeous and detailed CGI on the characters, planets, cities and space, and so much more. It was incredibly clear, striking, realistic and colourful, and with the cinematography and action sequences, it makes for an awesome experience. And then there’s the soundtrack which is actually really good, and I was surprised to see that it was Michael Giacchino of all people. If you didn’t know already, but Giacchino is one of my favourite film composers and here he crafts a bombastic sound full of life, epicness and beauty. It does get a little over the top, but overall it is a really great score for not so great film.

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In conclusion, Jupiter Ascending, it is a film with ambition, great visual presentation and awesome music, but the story was a bit of a mess and the performances were a bit of mixed bag ranging from okay to terrible. There are moments to enjoy (sometimes for the wrong reasons) but overall it is not a film I would recommend.

Rating: 5.5

So have you seen Jupiter Ascending and if so what did you think of it? Was it good, bad or okay in your eyes? Please be sure comment below and give me your thoughts. Laters! 😛

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Four More Actors Up For Harry Osborn Role in The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel

Just when I thought the hyped around Harry Osborn was over, a few more actors join the fray. Here’s the report from superherohype yo:

“On the heels of last week’s report that suggested three actors reading for the role of Harry Osborn in Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man comes, also via The Hollywood Reporter, another four names said to be auditioning today. The new list includes Douglas Booth (Noah), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), Boyd Holbrook (The Host) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn).

The update seems to now contradict the trade’s earlier notion that the role would have a “dark & edgy” bent to it and, instead, a charismatic and athletic Osborn is being sought.

Played by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, Harry is the son of Spider-Man’s arch-foe, Norman Osborn (aka the Green Goblin). In the comics, Harry assumes the Goblin mantle after his father’s death.

Whoever is cast will join the returning Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone along with Shailene Woodley in the part of Mary Jane Watson.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel hits theaters on May 2, 2014.”

(Photo Credit: PBI / Lia Toby / Brian To / WENN.com)

Unfortunately none I haven’t seen any of these guys to any great degree to judge their acting skills. I did see Snow White and the Huntsman but I do not remember Sam Claflin in the film at all. In terms of the people who I think have the right look I would say it’s between Holbrook and Redmayne, Holbrook has an interesting look to him, while Redmayne has the rough and aggressive look which would really work well if the filmmakers decided to play on Harry’s darker side and get him involved with drugs. Booth just looks too pretty in that photograph for me to imagine him as Harry Osborn and no offence to Claflin but I don’t see Harry Osborn there at all.

Well there’s my two cents on this, what’s your opinions folks?

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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