Jupiter Ascending film review

640_jupiter_ascendingJupiter Ascending is an interesting film.

It lacked a lot of energy when it needed it most, and Mila Kunis was cosmically miscast as the protagonist, but the basic conceit of the film is wonderful.

It reminded me very strongly of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, refracted through the prism of the CG Society’s most gifted artists. No bad thing.

It’s definitely a science fiction film, and not fantasy in trade dress – the high concept and apparently science fantasy elements are in fact all extremely ultra high tech, and the concept is pursued thoroughly. To that extent it is not only somewhat like Kirby’s work but also like Phillip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers series – not least due to the amnesiac reincarnated protagonist and the circles within circles of the universe in which it is set.

It isn’t a popcorn film, and it isn’t preachy. I expect it didn’t do well mainly since it offers neither pablum nor simple fairy tale. But it has a detailed world setting that is beautifully rendered on screen.