When I reviewed the new Mad Max, a few months ago, and I said something like "wish it had been more campy; guess you can't have everything"...? I was wrong. You can have everything. And it's glorious. 5 stars in my heart.
tbh i don't know why everyone is hating on the plot and dialogue so hard. seems like sort of a follow the flock mentality kind of like speed racer was maligned undeservedly. jupiter ascending is a lot better than any marvel or star wars film, and completely bonkers in terms of creativity and imagination. i just hope the wachowski's continue getting money to make these impossible movies.
This movie didn't deserve to get so raked over the coals. The narrative is a mess, and much of it is stupid, but it has style, ideas, and a rare guileless personality, with a tone like a cheap sci-fi paperback from a middle school library. In an age when faceless sci-fi spectacles dominate the mass market, here's one that's actually sincerely geeky—and being girly rather than puerile took a kind of guts.
I found this to be derivative and un-engaging. But hey, this is the Wachowski's, surely at least the action will be cool? Nope... bland...
This isn't an "entertaining mess" like some seem to think; it's just a bad film from directors who can do better ("Sense8").
My expectations were so low that I had to somewhat enjoy this film. I can't give it a good rating, though, because that would just encourage this sort of strange pastiche of a thousand million other films to be made. Not sure why they cast Channing Tatum, because he was doing Reed Diamond with donkey ears.
I fucking loved it. The Wachowskis are among the most underrated and unfairly maligned filmmakers alive. This film was unbridled joy, the movie equivalent of filmmakers opening up their hearts to the world and allowing everyone to stab it million times over. Time will heal this movie. Time heals all wounds.
Visually, quite beautiful. Great effects (as far as CGI goes), and imaginative worlds. Otherwise, a swing and a miss. Point deduction for the poorly dyed goatee. I want to like the Wachowskis, because they create quite the spectacle... but they have absolutely no idea how to tell a story. It's starting to feel more and more like The Matrix was a fluke.
With "The Matrix," the Wachowskis distilled their love of cyber-punk, anime, and martial arts to deliver one of the best movies of the 90's. Here they seem to take liberal influence from comic books, video game cutscenes, and those old mass market sci-fi-/fantasy paperbacks to produce...a sometimes befuddling, perhaps miscast film that nonetheless engenders good will based on its humor and sheer, goofy enthusiasm.