I saw the move “Jupiter Ascending” this weekend — the one made by the Wachowskis, who made “The Matrix” and therefore hold the top spot in movie-making history in my opinion.
I liked it a great deal and was highly entertained by it, which I feel the need to say because there has been a critical onslaught against the film that had me expecting to hate it during every moment that I watched it.
No, it is not as good as The Matrix — what movie is? But Jupiter Ascending was a thrill ride and well done as far as I’m concerned.
And before I am accused of liking everything the Wachowskis do, let me say that I hated “Speedracer” and hated “Cloud Atlas”.
As for critics who have declared open season against the movie, I don’t know what to say, other than that the phenomenon of “piling on” to unjustified or over-the-top criticism is a scary one.
It reminds me of the TimTebow trajectory.
Here was a popular college quarterback whose in-your-face Christianity really rubbed some people the wrong way. Upon entering the NFL, dozens of commentators insisted that “he was not quarterback material” for reasons including……actually there were no good reasons ever given.
It just became a mantra repeated and regurgitated by all the blo-hard sports commentators.
Never mind that he willed the Denver Broncos into the playoffs a few years ago — it didn’t matter, because the “conventional wisdom” had become accepted and formed its own kind of reality.
I am beginning to wonder how much reality is real and how much is a product of the human tendency to fantasize and then invest heavily in those fantasies.