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Given the things I heard about this movie (sci fi for teenage girls with a female protagonist), I expected Jupiter Ascending to be a bad movie, but a relatively fun, feminist one.
It's not at all. Jupiter is a profoundly stupid damsel in distress. She's beautiful, she makes every dumb decision it's possible to make, and she keeps needing men to rescue her.
I am OK with mindless lowbrow entertainment and but she was just so... boring... that I couldn't even enjoy the ridiculous costumes and insane special effects.
This is one of the best films I've ever seen. It's sweet and charming, but don't let that fool you. This is an ambitious piece of work, touching on a dizzying number of themes, including friendship, adolescence, sexuality, disabilities, and romance. Rather than exploring them through dramatic monologues and emotional exposes, this movie unfolds in tiny gestures and mundane phrases. It feels like it could be about anyone, anywhere, which is amazing since it's about a blind brazilian gay teenager. I loved it with my whole heart.
Devoid of any subtlety and rife with plot holes, Snowpiercer's critical acclaim is confusing to me. The characters all map neatly to common action movie tropes, and beyond some thin development in the last third of the movie, none of them ever push against the bounds of their given roles.
The only redeeming qualities of this movie are the set design and the cinematography, which are both wonderful.