Jupiter Ascending 3D Blu-ray Review
Have you secretly wondered what Channing Tatum would look like with pointy wolf ears? Or pondered what became of those goomba masks from the 1993 film of SUPER MARIO BROS. All your questions will be answered in the 2015 film JUPITER ASCENDING from the same team who brought you THE MATRIX Trilogy. And if you’ve kept up with their latest offerings, the Matrix sequels, CLOUD ATLAS, SPEED RACER, then you know that you’re in for a high-concept film with a convoluted story.
The sci-fi film JUPITER ASCENDING follows the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), an ordinary young adult who cleans houses by day and thinks her life is horrible and average. When she is attacked by some aliens and then saved by Caine (Channing Tatum), her world is turned upside down as she realizes that she is galactic royalty by way of reincarnation of a former queen. Her ownership of Earth is at stake and she must claim her place before three siblings acquire the rights to our planet and harvest humans to maintain their youth. Like I said, it might seem like an outlandish concept, but it’s really a simple retelling of Cinderella, just with more wolf-human hybrids and science-fiction.
JUPITER ASCENDING features plenty of fight sequences, great set design (thanks to CGI) and interesting characters, all of which should be perfect ingredients for a fun movie. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the result for JUPITER ASCENDING. It’s hard to pinpoint the biggest problem; It could be how poor Channing Tatum was forced to speak with an accent that was lost about 30 minutes into his performance (ala Kevin Costner in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES), it could be that the character of Jupiter was a bit dull and hard to root for or it could just be the outfit the costume department made Eddie Redmayne wear, which made his neck a little too long and creepy. It’s amazing Redmayne didn’t suffer the NORBIT curse for his terrible performance here, which might have been the worst of the movie.
What JUPITER ASCENDING does have going for it is the incredible set designs and scenery. The imaginary planets and worlds in this film were very visually appealing. There’s something very grand and exciting when movies take you into space, with that said there’s no comparing JUPITER ASCENDING to say GRAVITY or INTERSTELLAR, but space is still cool, so anytime a film ventures out of the Earth’s ozone that’s fun. And the mind of the Wachowski’s is fascinating and they were on full creativity overload here.
Since watching JUPITER ASCENDING I have to admit that I’ve been on the fence as to whether or not I even like the film. I have much admiration for the grand scale and I enjoyed the spectacle of it all. On the other hand, I found that it was instantly forgettable as soon as it was over. On the surface, JUPITER ASCENDING is a big, summer blockbuster with A-list stars and proven directors, but somehow all of the ingredients made for a somewhat boring film. It’s visually impressive, but other than that, it was a bit of a struggle.
JUPITER ASCENDING 3D BLU-RAY REVIEW
The 3D was efficient, but the film is a special effects spectacle, I expected more creative use of the 3D and more depth when it was used. There are plenty of scenes of Caine flying through the sky and it was a wasted opportunity to have some “jump-at-you” 3D effects.
Video: The film is visually stunning and Blu-ray truly does this film justice.
Audio: The audio is fine.
Jupiter Jones: Destiny is Within Us (6:58): A little featurette featuring the Wachowskis and Mila Kunis discussing the protagonist, Jupiter.
Caine Wise: Interplanetary Warrior (5:01): Another little bit about the character, this time with Channing Tatum and the Wachowskis.
The Wachowskis: Minds Over Matter (7:02): Another featurette with the cast and crew talking about the film as well as working with the Wachowskis.
Worlds Within Worlds Within Worlds (10:01): This one discusses the different alien cultures, fashions, planets and sets in the film.
Genetically Spliced (9:58): This is focused on the genetically engineered races in the film, a little crossover from other segments but fairly interesting.
Bullet Time Evolved (9:59): This one is all about the action sequences and how they were shot.
From Earth to Jupiter (And Everywhere in Between)(10:02): Another bit about the alien races and where they all stand in the social hierarchy, as well as some of the subplots that were touched on in the film.