Jupiter Ascending, 2015 – ★★½ (contains spoilers)- via letterboxd

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This review reportedly contains spoilers.

Well, the rumors are true. This is not a masterpiece. 😉 Seriously, this is fun to watch once, but not that great a movie. The story of a russian immigrant girl in Chicago who cleans toilets with her mum and doesn’t really have anything (including luck with men and a telescope like her father used to have) which then becomes a reborn space princess who inherits earth and is caught in between a family feud couldn’t be more ‘out of space’. But it could have been a better story with characters you actually care for and less cliché-d plotpoints.
What the movie does – well – kind of great is action sequences and visual effects. The ships look very cool. The 3D is quite good. It doesn’t really look like anything you might have seen in a modern scifi flick and I admire that work, it is grand in scale and, just like Star Wars, does a great job in coming up with different environments and gadgets especially for fights and extended shooting sequences on earth and in space. But once those are done you realise that thick layers of exposition are ruthlessly dropped onto the audience to drive a really meaningless plot that doesn’t create anythign coherent. There are twists and turns, but nothing really works and sometimes all this feels like taken from a bad guide book to writing a screenplay. And you never really get to know the main characters which – unsurprisingly – meet and fall in love for no apparent reason and none of them develops to any noticeable degree. The “Matrix-arc” of the heroine is obvious but it’s nothing you really care about and she never gets a real payoff (unlike Neo did). Standard damsel-in-distress, but she gets new shoes in the final scene. Everything else: Quite repetitive.
Plus, none of the more interesting parts of the story get a real explanation, like: How is the magical substance that drives the stellar economy created from people? (Soylent Green? Spice?) Is it controlled by only one family? Why are humans not grown in a more Matrix-like, space-efficient fashion? Why is everybody so afraid of Jupiter Jones? Because she controls bees? And why can she be an heir of house Abrasax on the same level as the actual children without being a child of their mother or being even remotely related? And is she named after the German band of the same name?
But (perhaps only after Brazil, Hitchhiker’s Guide and The Twelve Tasks of Asterix) this movie has one of the best enactments of bureaucratic idiocy ever put on film and it fittingly features Terry Gilliam. There’s half a star only for this.
There’s worse movies to waste popcorn on but this not only lacks the depth of the Matrix movies (Sorry, you’ll always be compared with those) it also lacks basic screenplay skills.

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Fünf Heere, drei Filme und ein Paar haarige Füße

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Hobbit - Kampf der drei Heere - Poster lang - Bilbo

Seit etwa einer Woche läuft des Hobbits dritter Teil im Kino und anlässlich der Premiere besuchten zwei Freunde und ich das Kino nicht nur für eben jenen finalen Schluss, sondern um alle drei Teile am Stück zu sehen. Das hat nicht nur den Vorteil, dass einem die Story in Gänze präsent ist sondern auch, dass man einen Gesamteindruck hat, wie … Read More

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Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014 – ★★★★★- via letterboxd

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This movie is not about deep thinking, social commentary or anything like that. But it’s ridiculously fun to watch, has a well-paced, interesting story that probably not gets too old even after watching it two or more times. It has great characters and focuses on the ones that make up the team to actually struggle with one another. There is an arc for the main protagonist (and a hint of romance) but it doesn’t distract from the group too much.

Full Review at www.senselesswisdom.net/2014/09/i-am-groot-me-recommending-guardians-of-the-galaxy/

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Der Zorn des Kirk – Star Wars… äh, Star Trek Into Darkness (Kritik)

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Star Trek into Darkness - Poster

Vor langer Zeit, in einer w… nee, falsch. Der Weltraum, unendliche Weiten. Wir erinnern uns an das Jahr 2010, als J.J. Abrams Star Trek wiederbelebte und mittels einer alternativen Zeitlinie und mit jungen Darstellern die Geschichte um Kirk, Spock und dem berühmtesten Raumschiff der Fernsehgeschichte komplett umschrieb. Wer Synapsenschwund beklagt, möge sich hier (oder auch hier) nochmal meine Meinung zu diesem … Read More

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Blade Runner – The Final Cut – (M)Eine Einschätzung

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Blade Runner Titel von http://www.whogottherole.com/

Bei diesem Beitrag handelt es sich um ein überarbeitetes Review, dass ich am 19.Dezember 2007 für meinen damaligen Deutschen Bladerunner Blog geschrieben habe. Aus aktuellem Anlass (und um die Wartezeit auf meinen Beitrag zum ‘Hobbit’ zu überbrücken) hab’ ich den Beitrag am Schluss um meine Meinung zur BluRay ergänzt und ansonsten seine Brillianz von vor fünf Jahren erhalten. Quasi auch neu digitalisiert.

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