Date: Monday, 19 October 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
Ah, Jupiter Ascending ... I heard it was remarkably cheesy, but in a kind of sweet way - is that true?

Yes indeed! I absolutely loved Jupiter Ascending. It is not by any normal measure a good movie, but it's super enjoyable in a campy way where sometimes you're laughing at the movie and sometimes you're just marveling that something like this exists. It's like some 14 year-old's self-insert Fifth Element fanfic was filmed with a budget of many millions. Mila Kunis is a Russian immigrant house cleaner named Jupiter who discovers that she has a secret destiny as a Space Princess. Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is one of the villains, and he is delightfully hammy. He whispers 90% of his lines and SHOUTS THE REST, sometimes while wearing a cape with no shirt underneath. Channing Tatum is a Space Werewolf with a tragic backstory who has flying rollerblades. Sean Bean is a beekeeper from space named Stinger. The plot is incoherent, the dialog is clunky, and everything is over the top. It's also visually gorgeous and has some bits of clever worldbuilding. And while Jupiter spends a lot of time falling off buildings and getting rescued, it was still nice to see a genuinely female-centric space fantasy.

I have no idea how a film as gloriously terrible and odd as Jupiter Ascending got produced by Hollywood, but I'm so glad it did.
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