Jupiter Ascending (2015) Film Review

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Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) works in the US with her Russian mother and aunt cleaning houses and dreaming of a better life. Then aliens come and take her away, most notably Caine (Channing Tatum) and Stinger (Sean Bean). Turns out, she’s royalty, there’s a whole nother world out there where people like Balem (Eddie Redmayne), his brother Titus (Douglas Booth) and sister, Kalique (Tuppence Middleton) rule, and they stay young by harvesting creatures from planets like Earth. And far too much happens, and she ends up (SPOILER ALERT)back home.

This film was so majorly bagged by critics that I think it was in the cinemas for about ten minutes. I got somewhat lost in the story – it seemed that every time Caine saved Jupiter, she turned around and walked away from him, only to discover she’d been betrayed (again!) and he had to save her (again!) and then she’d walk away… Yet I liked it. Channing Tatum is doing another kind of odd performance (after the strangeness that was Foxcatcher), and I felt like chemistry between the two was totally non-existent. But… I just liked it. It was fun, the bureaucracy scene was perfectly wonderful, Eddie Redmayne got to be totally insane in every way (wonderfully so). I felt Mila Kunis was underused – I reckon there is a lot more to her that pretty outfits (although they were amazing) and witty comebacks – although she is one funny lady.

 

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