Directed by The Wachowskis, the duo behind The Matrix (1999) trilogy and starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, I had relatively high hopes for how Jupiter Ascending would turn out… admittedly, mostly because of Redmayne.
After the event however, it would be quite the stretch for me to call Jupiter Ascending a ‘good film’ – though there are some things I enjoyed. Namely, Mila Kunis’ royal outfits, the visuals of Jupiter and the rather disturbingly good theory about ‘harvesting’ planet earth.
Everything else was just unconvincing. I found myself unable to properly buy into any of the characters let alone the central love story.
Usually I can suspend my disbelief given that a story is executed well – whether it be sci-fi, fantasy, etc. That’s just not completely the case here.
I still love Mila Kunis, especially in That 70s Show, Family Guy and Black Swan (2010) – just not in Jupiter Ascending. Definitely not in Jupiter Ascending.
At first, the young men of The Riot Club don’t appear too dissimilar to any gathering of adult students enjoying the freedoms synonymous with university life. That is until a fateful dinner where things take a dramatically dark and villainous turn.
This is a movie about two first-year Oxford University students and their experience as part of The Riot Club, a secret society of wealthy, elitist, hedonistic and undeniably privileged individuals.
Directed by Lone Scherfig, the film features some of the best of Britain’s young acting talent. Names that include Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Max Irons, etc.
Watch it for the story, an insight into the usually inaccessible world of a very small group of highly privileged university students, the cinematography and a reminder of just how punishing naivety can be.