Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending ★★

100-word review: This late-career Wachowskis box-office bomb wasn't able to keep me captivated, or well, captivate me to begin with, predominantly because the world-building that went into this fictional universe didn't. Elaborate costumes, exorbitant make-up effects, exposition dumps, and CGI spectacle bombard the viewer from left and right, but none of it combines into a singular, coherent vision, most certainly not in terms of tone; I wanna laugh at it — and there's exactly one scene (the space bureaucracy one) that seems aimed at comedy — but the anti-capitalist message is delivered too self serious to warrant doing so.

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