*** (out of five)
You get an awful lot of movie for your sixteen – or whatever – bucks with The Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending, a crazy, fun, infuriating, difficult, fun, bonkers, expensive, fun, ludicrous, romantic, fun flick. It is flawed but is full of… fun. I had a great, cheesy time.
Jupiter Jones (surely a movie character has been called that before?) cleans bathrooms, until a half-man / half-dog zips her off into the greater universe because she’s… well, the Queen of the Universe. By birth. She doesn’t know it. Obviously. Who does?
Milan Kunis, one of the most beautiful people in the universe, plays Jupiter, and Channing Tatum, one of the most beautiful people in the universe, plays the dog. Together, they max the screen out on beauty, and, ultimately, it works. They look particularly hot late in the film, wearing black leather together and going roller-blading. Well, “hover-booting”, but it’s roller-blading.
The film is full of cool ideas, really strange characters, and endless cool design. It’s a CGI-fest, but not necessarily an annoying one. The Wachowskis know how to go big. This one is huge. And it’s fun, fun, fun. You’ll forget it the moment it’s over, and the story is ludicrous, but it’s… pretty awesome, at a very popcorn level. Eddie Redmayne delivers the campest, most ludicrous performance of the year, and it’s great. If you live in a marijuana-legalised state, go crazy.