Jupiter Ascending User Review

  • Coz22998
    ......but taste descends in this enjoyable mess of a movie
    Review of Jupiter Ascending Blu-ray by Coz22998, May 18, 2016.
    Gulp.....here goes......I can kind of see what the Wachowski's were aiming for with this. A cross between the action of Star Wars and the universe building (and its multi-layered complexity) of Dune. With a little bit of Brazil thrown in for good measure. I think. There's too much plot to even try and go into here but its about an earth girl finding out she's got a part to play in a huge universe spanning family argument that obvs impacts the whole human race. Blah blah blah.

    It sure looked purdy, I'll give it that. Action scenes a-go-go and for the first time in a long time, I actually noticed that we weren't being subjected to the machine gun editing favoured by so many these days (granted there was so much 'stuff' on screen you STILL couldn't see what was going on but that's a different story :)) - compared to Transformers et al, I loved the fights, space battles, more fights and more space/earth battles in this. And oh my, it was pretty. The overall design was brilliant - eye candy of the highest order, with different settings looking subtley different, loved the ships, oh to my shallow genre mind, it was eye porn of the highest quality. Hell, I even liked Mila Kunis in this, playing the ballsy WTF is going on earthling suddenly thrust into it all.

    But then the plot......hurrumph. It was going swimmingly and then it hit a massive brick wall slap bang in the middle when we paid a visit to the centre of the universe - at this point, the family plotting between the space brats about who owns which part of the universe started to get almost terminally convoluted and if I'm honest I just gave up following the story and started staring at all the pretty things that were going on on screen. This just derailed the whole plot which had been motoring at this point and while I can see what they were trying to do (world/universe build and show some depth to it all), it backfired massively. It didn't really recover from there for me, with just more and more and MORE going on that to be honest it all got a bit much for little old me! Oh, I'm just being grumpy as I did enjoy it overall, it just tried to be so much grander than it needed to be and in the process it sorta lost the charm and the fun it had early doors.

    Transfer - what did you expect? its excellent. Picture and sound quality is brilliant......although if I'm going to nitpick (and I am), the sound design was so busy that I just felt bombarded by the front speakers. I didn't really hear any of the surround or overhead tracks until I turned the thing down and trust me, its been a while since I've had to turn something down!!! So while it was technically excellent, it just sounded far too busy. There were loads of little featurettes on the disc (why can't studios actually be bothered to make a single longer making of instead of multiple smaller ones? Surely it would save on title work at the very least!!!!!) and I only dipped into one - about the VFX which actually was quite interesting (they got the hang of the physics of the jet boots by building a massive skateboard ramp and used stunt people on wires on that rather than just CG 'em in), but I was totally overloaded by that point so haven't bothered with the rest.

    Summary - great eye candy with enough action beats to warrant a viewing. It tried too hard to do too much though, but overall I dug it. I even think my ears have stopped ringing now too.......
    This item was purchased for £19.99 from HMV in 2015. The reviewer still owns this product.

    Pros

    • Visually stunning
    • Attempted a return to sci-fi world/universe building
    • Transfer is excellent

    Cons

    • The plot disappears up its own backside
    • Sound design is brain melting!!!!
    • Featurette overload!! One single doc rather than 8 small ones please studios!

    Movie

    6

    Picture Quality

    9

    Sound Quality

    8

    Extras

    5

    Overall

    6
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