A young woman Jupiter Jones played by Mila Kunis is a maid cleaning people’s toilets day in and day out. On the other side of the galaxy is the planet which is the actual birthplace of the human race. There the royal family comprising of two brothers Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne) and Titus Abrasax (Douglas Booth), as well as their sister Kalique Abrasax (Tuppence Middleton) are at war over their inheritance. In particular, who gets the earth and what are they going to do with it. At present, the holder of earth is eldest brother Balem and his plans are inhumane and profit driven. Jupiter Jones is thrown into the middle of this sibling rivalry when it is revealed that she is the reincarnation of their mother and true owner of the earth. The whole family seek to destroy her or marry her. Jupiter, with the protection of her love interest Caine Wise (Channing Tatum) go on a journey to protect her from the ruthless Abrasax family, reveal the dark truths behind the original ‘Jupiter’ and save the earth.
I liked it however, I did not live up to my expectations. It was quite clichéd and I instantly knew how it would play out. At first, I was confused as to which bounty hunters belonged to who and it did take me a while to figure out what the whole ‘harvest’ thing was.
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The harvest is when the inhabitants of a planet are destroyed to be turned into a rejuvenating gel the royal family uses to stay young forever. In one jar of gel, it took one hundred bodies to make. What the royal family does is begin life on a chosen planet, let it grow until it is no longer sustainable and then harvest it for the gel.
I thought that Channing Tatum’s character Caine Wise was good and well played, albeit a little stuffy. I thought that Eddie Redmayne’s performance as Belam was good, though in parts overplayed. However, there is good acting in there and I feel that his star is on the rise (pun intended) as he just won a golden globe for his performance in The Theory of Everything, which I am yet to see. Mila was excellent and delivered her clichéd lines flawlessly, and she made it funny. It was quiet humorous and but all the funny bits were shown in the trailer. Nevertheless, I still laughed a lot when she says that she loves dogs!
However, I felt that Jupiter and Caine’s romance blossomed too quickly and was a bit unrealistic. Though, the acting was fine, it was the actual screenplay and prose that I feel let down the whole production. I thought that the costuming was fantastic, especially when they were out in space. The gowns were awesome, I especially liked the black one Mila wore when she had dinner with Titus. The special effects were fantastic, especially at the end battle scene and you could see they put a lot of thought was put into it. The cinematography was excellent and visually flawless.
I wish they went more into Caine Wise’s background. They touched on it and said that he was an albino splice of half human and wolf origin, who was rejected by his pack. I would have liked to see that his interaction with his own kind. I felt that the movie went too fast and could have explored the sister’s role a bit more, I was left wanting more from Kalique. It could have done with a little more context by use of flashbacks.
Overall I thought that the concepts and the idea behind the movie was cute. I wouldn’t see it twice in cinemas, but I would probably buy it on DVD. Then again, I buy everything on DVD, I love my DVD collection. If you were a normal person, you probably wouldn’t by it just for volume. All in all, it wasn’t a terrible movie but it wasn’t great, I liked it because I thought it was cute. It reminds me of young adult fiction and probably warranted a less impressive cast of actors. To me the hype was the actors and not the film. Lets give the trailer making people a standing ovation, you did a great job because you made me really want to see it and I eagerly awaited its release. If you love a sci-fi and are big fans of Channing and Mila, I would watch it if I were you.