Jupiter Ascending 4K Ultra HD 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 (I know, neither of those are fair), 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, at least in terms of visual style.
I have much admiration for the grand scale of JUPITER ASCENDING and I enjoyed the spectacle of it all, but 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.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: I was nervous about this one since I feel the CGI-heavy films tend to look like cartoons on 4K Ultra HD, but I’m pleased to report JUPITER ASCENDING bucks that trend. The non-CGI scenes are of course fantastic and crystal clear, but the real joy is in the CGI-filled scenes, such as when Jupiter first meets Titus around the 1:10:00 mark. Outer space looks crystal clear and the HDR heightens some effects that weren’t visible on the Blu-ray. This is highlighted during any scene were our heroes are looking out a window on their ship. Although you do get an increase in detail thanks to the 4K, the real benefit is the increase in colors thanks to the HDR. I would never advise anyone to ever get rid of their 3D discs, but with this 4K, the added color and depth is hard to pass up. Overall, this is a beautiful looking 4K disc.
Audio: The Dolby Atmos track that was included on the 3D Blu-ray is also included on the 4K UHD.
There are no 4K exclusive special features, but it does include a Blu-ray of the film and you can read our Blu-ray review by clicking JUPITER ASCENDING 3D BLU-RAY REVIEW.