Why Jupiter Ascending is so important.
Yesterday, out of pure fear of boredom on a business trip to Vienna, I went to the movie theater, alone might I add, to see Jupiter Ascending.
Reviews were not on the positive side of things and box-office results promise them Warners people a big loss in the movie theaters (don’t worry, kids, they always make money on the DVD release). However, I have been a big fan of the Wachowski “siblings” since The Matrix came out, a movie which I have, on more than one occasion, admitted as being my favorite of all time. I even liked the third one, so bugger off if you have something against it. While their movies are not for everyone, it is undeniable that you are likely not to see a repetition of their style anywhere else in Hollywood.
So why do I consider Jupiter Ascending, their most “regular” movie yet, such an important achievement? The movie doesn’t feature dominatrixes, weird flashing lights or Tom Hanks talking to an imaginary Hugo Weaving dressed as a leprechaun. Though more likeable than their other movies, this proves to be their most unsuccessful release to this day… Yet I am strongly suggesting it here.
Cobsider this: the Wachowskis are known to be filmmakers out of their time. The Matrix is the absolute proof of a movie just ahead of its time, being immediately accepted and ridiculously successful because of it. Jupiter Ascending, On the other hand, is twenty years too late, that not being a bad thing, if you are willing to accept the consequences. On top of that, it is one of the only non-franchise movies (original story, world-building… Something nobody does anymore) this year.
Finally, I get to my point: this movie is filled with plot-holes, unnecessary unanswered questions, a laughable romance with zero development and main-characters you forget about in a heartbeat… And there I was, enjoying every second of it and not giving a crap about the things I just mentioned. It reminded me of younger, more naïve days. It reminded me of a time long forgotten, where movie audiences were forgiving for the sake of good entertainment, where the likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis were given a free pass, because what they did was just so damn FUN!
If you are still reading this (is anybody reading this?) do yourself a favor and go watch this movie without any pretenses. If you’re a girl, go for pointy ears Channing Tatum unnecessarily shirtless shooting aliens. If you’re a guy, go for the most gratuitous butt-shot in recent memory. There are awesome space-ships, great barely believable dynasties, unnecessarily evil people, awesome action set pieces and THAT COUNTS!!!!
By the way: the other thing I got out of it was, that Eddie Redmayne can play a cardboard box and make it awesome. I dare you to see The Theory of Everything and this movie on the same weekend.
Oh yeah, and Michael Giaccino’s score rules, being his loudest since Star Trek. I think you saw that one coming.