Monday, October 10, 2016



Sci-Fi For Girls

While many men enjoyed this film, it's clear this one was written for young women. Having a female protagonist who, as with most mythical heros, lives a modest life while not being aware of her royal descent. Also, as many bright young women, she struggles to get by in a menial job, in her case cleaning toilets & houses of those more privileged. It's telling when each day she awakes saying "I hate my life", perhaps somehow subconsciously aware that she is much more talented and able then her job, which takes up most of her time & barely permits her to do much more.

In this way, we instantly connect with the character, along with her heart for her family & strong character.

To be honest when I first saw this movie I thought it was just OK. But, upon this second viewing I came to appreciate more fully the messages in this film, which are quite significant. The awareness that time & family are some of the most valuable resources is displayed in clear contrast in the protagonist's past & present life. That class is nothing without humble values & discerning character, is also displayed with graceful contrast, as well as the significance of recognizing what one has & being pleased with it. Because of this opening awareness, by the end of the film, Jupiter no longer hates her life; While she had every choice available in the universe for how she could be spending her life & time, she chose going back to her simple life, menial job & familiar family.


Yes, there were a couple new additions in the end: a realization of her own worth & her own power, a conscious choice every moment of every day to live with gratefulness, & a hunky strong new boyfriend who happened to save her life on several occasions.



While this film had it's cheesiness, especially regarding the love interest, it was fun & familiar. Jupiter displayed some guts & wit & was devoted to what she knew she wanted, as well as to her values. The plot was intriguing & imaginative & the character a true heroine.

Artistically it also carried some humble recognition of much sci-fi that had come before: the statue of the previous "Jupiter Mother" being a similar rendering of a vampire queen from one of Anne Rice's films "Queen of the Damned", the music at times carrying hints of Star Trek and other past sci-fi, yet also well done standing on it's own.

The actors were also quite strong in each of their roles. Mila Kunis an attractive lead heroine, Channing Tatum a fitting love interest & Eddie Redmayne & Douglas Booth both strong despicable evildoers. Eddie particularly threatening merely due to his creepy character voice.

One of my favorite parts of film is visual arts direction, and this film was also not lacking here. It held up very well for it's genre as well as having beautiful set, costume and design; most noticeably in the wedding scene. But, I also tend to multitask when watching film which persists mainly in listening. To this regard, I mainly observed this current viewing & to which I came away impressed & inspired.

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Sci-Fi For Girls

Jupiter Ascending

While many men enjoyed this film, it's clear this one was written for young women. Having a female protagonist who, as with most mythical heros, lives a modest life while not being aware of her royal descent. Also, as many bright young women, she struggles to get by in a menial job, in her case cleaning toilets & houses of those more privileged. It's telling when each day she awakes saying "I hate my life", perhaps somehow subconsciously aware that she is much more talented and able then her job, which takes up most of her time & barely permits her to do much more.

In this way, we instantly connect with the character, along with her heart for her family & strong character.

To be honest when I first saw this movie I thought it was just OK. But, upon this second viewing I came to appreciate more fully the messages in this film, which are quite significant. The awareness that time & family are some of the most valuable resources is displayed in clear contrast in the protagonist's past & present life. That class is nothing without humble values & discerning character, is also displayed with graceful contrast, as well as the significance of recognizing what one has & being pleased with it. Because of this opening awareness, by the end of the film, Jupiter no longer hates her life; While she had every choice available in the universe for how she could be spending her life & time, she chose going back to her simple life, menial job & familiar family.

Yes, there were a couple new additions in the end: a realization of her own worth & her own power, a conscious choice every moment of every day to live with gratefulness, & a hunky strong new boyfriend who happened to save her life on several occasions.

While this film had it's cheesiness, especially regarding the love interest, it was fun & familiar. Jupiter displayed some guts & wit & was devoted to what she knew she wanted, as well as to her values. The plot was intriguing & imaginative & the character a true heroine.


Statue from "Queen of the Damned"

Artistically it also carried some humble recognition of much sci-fi that had come before: the statue of the previous "Jupiter Mother" being a similar rendering of a vampire queen from one of Anne Rice's films "Queen of the Damned", the music at times carrying hints of Star Trek and other past sci-fi, yet also well done standing on it's own.

The actors were also quite strong in each of their roles. Mila Kunis an attractive lead heroine, Channing Tatum a fitting love interest & Eddie Redmayne & Douglas Booth both strong despicable evildoers. Eddie particularly threatening merely due to his creepy character voice.



One of my favorite parts of film is visual arts direction, and this film was also not lacking here. It held up very well for it's genre as well as having beautiful set, costume and design; most noticeably in the wedding scene. But, I also tend to multitask when watching film which persists mainly in listening. To this regard, I mainly observed this current viewing & to which I came away impressed & inspired.