THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)

#18 of 2015 is the wacky, preposterous, insane Jupiter Ascending. I am not going to try to do a load of plot here. Let's just say that lowly toilet-scrubbing maid Mila Kunis is discovered by aliens to somehow be Queen of the Universe. She stands in their way, so a squad is sent to off her. But part-wolf, part-human Channing Tatum arrives in the nick of time wearing rocket boots and saves her, kicking off a wild, fun, frantic battle and chase high above Chicago (whoops, sorry, Sears Tower!). They want her dead or to otherwise abdicate her queenship so that one of three ruling aliens can then do what they like with Earth. Look, there's too much plot already and don't try to make sense of it. Eddie Redmayne, up for an Oscar as Stephen Hawking, seems to be channeling Tim Curry as his low-key yet flamboyant Balem. There is one great scene that pays homage to "Brazil," as the queen gets herself certified, right down to some of the same terminology and an inspired cameo by Terry Gilliam. Jupiter Ascending has one trip to outer space too many and is a little slow in its last third but the final resolution will wake you up. This is silly, goofy, do not take anything seriously at ALL and you might like it. But this would have been a tough sell last summer, where it was abruptly pulled from.

TLA one-word review: frantic