Descending into a Muddled ClicheFebruary 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM | Posted in Film Reviews, Movies | 1 Comment
Tags: sci-fi, Wachowskis
I am greatly disappointed with Jupiter Ascending. What seemed like another masterpiece from the Wachowskis turned out to be a major dud in terms of plot and storyline. The story was weak, the dialogues were cheesy, the acting was terrible, but the visual effects were stunning. That’s what I can summed up from this movie.
I went to see Jupiter Ascending despite the bad reviews because the movie was written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana (formerly known as Larry) Wachowski – the very same people behind The Matrix, one of my favorite films of all time. I’ve been a fan of these two since The Matrix came out. But since then, they haven’t been able to match the brilliance and greatness of that movie. Cloud Atlas was all right. I think this movie was the closest thing they ever had success with after The Matrix. But I never understood Cloud Atlas, mainly because most of the dialogue were in pidgin English. I even tried reading the book just to figure it all out but it was still confusing for me. Anyway, I digress.
One of my main gripes with Jupiter Ascending was that Jupiter (played by Mila Kunis), was written as a weak character. According to the story, she’s the missing heiress to an alien planet currently ruled by a feuding royal family. On Earth, she’s a damsel in distress living with her extended family and who earns a living by cleaning houses and toilets for other people. She kept saying she hates her life but wouldn’t do anything to change it until Caine (played by Channing Tatum) came to rescue her. She’s easily swayed by people who wanted to take advantage of her (her cousin, Titus, and Balem). And at the end of the movie, even after learning the truth about her, she’s too happy to go back to cleaning toilets. Her blossoming romance with Caine was even unbelievable. I didn’t buy it for a second.
And by the way, what’s up with the bees scene? It had no connection to the story whatsoever except to point out that Jupiter was of royal blood.
The movie also lacked character development, especially with regards to the feuding alien royal family. Kalique just sort of came and went, without explanation as to what happened to her. Same with Titus. Was he killed by Caine or not? Balem was just as unconvincing as the main villain. Other characters were also introduced but they weren’t all fleshed out.
With the way this movie turned out, I think the Wachowskis have lost their magic. I wonder if they will ever come up with another movie that would redeem them from this Jupiter mess.