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Jupiter Ascending, Teen Girl Wish Fulfilment, and Hover Boots


With Indiana Jones-like reflexes, some friends and I caught the second-last screening of Jupiter Ascending in our city last week, and let me tell you that was one wild ride. If you haven’t had a chance to get your eyeballs on it yet, I’d recommend at some point you do—it’s got something for everyone: hover boots, gratuitous and meticulously gorgeous costume changes, buff dudes with wings, spaceship battles, royalty-sensing bees, and Eddie Redmayne being the hammiest villain I’ve seen in a while, while simultaneously sounding like he has the worst sore throat ever for the entirety of the movie (now that is what should have won him the Oscar). It’s also a story about a girl discovering that the universe revolves around her, which is not something most cinemas seem to have seen for a while.

Now, if you’re wondering if this post is going to be a detailed essay declaring why Jupiter Ascending is the next great feminist masterpiece, I’m afraid I’m going to let you down. Jupiter Jones (yes, that’s really her name, despite it kind of sounding like it’d be more suited to an old country and western singer than a sci-fi character) isn’t a perfect heroine—though, bland as she is, she manages to somehow be more relatable and interesting than other young lady characters that have appeared recently in other sci-fis aimed at young people. The most recent Transformers came up in our post-movie discussion, mostly because Jupiter Ascending kind of felt, in many ways, like the antithesis to that franchise. If the Transformers movies are made to be popcorn-flavoured wish fulfilment and cool car-robot fantasies for teenaged boys, Jupiter Ascending is popcorn-flavoured wish fulfilment for teenaged girls. Continue reading

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