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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2015-03-14 09:26 pm

jupiter ascending

So I went to see Jupiter Ascending to celebrate Pi Day.

WHY DIDN'T THE INTERNET WARN ME THAT WAS A HARD SF MOVIE.

Like. Seriously. I got to the point where they explained why the extraterrestrial love interest looked like Channing Tatum and it made sense and did not throw out evolutionary science, and after that point that movie could have betrayed me a LOT and I would have forgiven it, BECAUSE DO YOU KNOW HOW RARE THAT IS, and then it continued to BE SCIENCE-BASED and NOT BETRAY ITS OWN WORLDBUILDING.

DO YOU KNOW HOW RARE IT IS FOR AN SF MOVIE TO NEVER BETRAY ITS OWN WORLDBUILDING AND STICK TO 100% HARD SF CONCEPTS? THAT MOVIE TOOK TWO HARD SCIENCE IDEAS, "GENETIC ENGINEERING IS A THING" AND "SPACE IS REALLY REALLY BIG" AND THEN JUST LET THAT BUILD TO ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION. IT WAS BETTER HARD SF THAN GRAVITY OMG.

yeah yeah sexy wolf-men with gravity boots whatever but OMG SCIENCE. SHE IS THE CHOSEN ONE JUST BECAUSE THE MATHS WORK OUT THAT EVENTUALLY THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A CHOSEN ONE BECAUSE WHEN THE NUMBERS GET THAT BIG EVERYTHING HAPPENS. MATH.

There are a bunch of ways I just expect a movie to betray me eventually and watching it is sort of like just counting down until the inevitable betrayal and this movie kept NOT DOING THAT. The internet had warned me about most of them so I was prepared to maybe not be betrayed in the standard ways? BUT NOBODY WARNED ME ABOUT THE SCIENCE. NOBODY WARNED ME THAT THIS WAS A REALLY SMART MOVIE BY PEOPLE WHO REALLY LOVE THE "SCIENCE" IN SF AND TRUST THE AUDIENCE TO ALSO BE SMART. WHY DID YOU NOT WARN ME.

that was a really good choice to celebrate pi day.

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