Highlights of Eddie Redmayne’s Performance in Jupiter Ascending, About Which I Shall Talk Forever Now
  • His voice, which sounds as if he’s been guzzling crude oil direct from the well for the last six millennia. His throat has been corroded by sheer evil, and yet he can summon up a clear, intelligible shout when needed (”I CREATE LIFE”), which is more than I can do. As with approximately 80% of the movie, there is absolutely no reason for this voice to exist, and yet it does. It is nothing less than a gift from Redmayne’s generous soul.
  • The way his eyes grow dark and wet over…I dunno. It’s never really clear. Balem as written has absolutely no inner life, but Balem as acted has a soul of smog and capitalism. The tears are just his eyes irritated by his own internal pollution. 
  • He commits to those costumes. He owns them. Redmayne plays Balem as if he personally killed every animal that went into his endless black-leather wardrobe. He plays Balem as if he’s always on a catwalk for the latest in space-S&M fashion, and he’s the only model. 
  • The way his face is stuck in a constant grimace. He is made of contempt: for his lackeys, for his family, for everything. He hates himself so much that he follows the absurdly byzantine laws of his universe as a form of self-flagellation. (The Aegis is so laughably ineffectual and the Abrasax family so immanently powerful that there is absolutely no reason for Balem to obey the laws if he didn’t want to.) The only thing he likes is pain. The constant aching facial muscles must be part of that.
  • Balem gestures with the precision of a dancer and walks with the stiff disapproval of a Victorian matron. How is it possible for someone to look like they have a broomstick up their butt and yet ooze around the set like an oil slick? Eddie Redmayne is a divine being. Let us now praise him.
  • I honestly don’t think there is any one component of the performance that could be called Good Acting, but put them all together and Balem becomes a top-tier sci-fi villain. Redmayne got the Oscar for the wrong movie.

I’ve worked a lot more with female directors than male directors. That’s kind of more what I know, actually!

-Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s directed by women filmography

Belle dir. Amma Asante - 2014
Beyond the Lights dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood - 2014
9 Kisses dir. Elaine Constantine - 2014
Jupiter Ascending dir. Lilly & Lana Wachowski - 2015
The Whole Truth dir. Courtney Hunt - 2015
After the Storm dir. Jessica Oyelowo - 2016
August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People dir. Ava DuVernay 2016
A Wrinkle in Time dir. Ava DuVernay - 2018
Fast Color dir. Julia Hart - 2018
Irreplacable You dir. Stephanie Laing - 2018
An Untamed State dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood 20??


Endless List of Favourites + Actors ||  Eddie Redmayne

  I didn’t train to be an actor, I blagged my way into it, and I always feel I’m waiting to be found out. So whenever you get a job, there’s a moment of euphoria and then the realisation, “Oh my God, you’ve got to do this.” And you feel there should be some scaffolding. I’ve worked with people who have their preferred way of rehearsing guaranteed by clause in their contract. But it’s not like I have a process, it’s a very formless thing, and there’s no one telling you, “This is what you’re going to do and this is how you’re going to do it.”

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm genuinely curious as to why you like Jupiter Ascending. I mean no disrespect because I also liked some things about that movie (Sean Bean being a stand out for me), but Mila Kunis' character was really disappointing to me, she was constantly getting saved. I was anticipating this movie because I was hoping for a cool original Sci-Fi movie with a heroine on par with Ripley (or now Rey), and I felt like I didn't get that. I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for the question! I have no problem with a question like this - you’re being very polite and respectful.

I adore Jupiter Ascending but it certainly has problems, and Jupiter is clearly no Ridley or Sarah Connor. For me, though, that’s almost part of the charm. Jupiter is lethargic and disinterested, and the nature of her upbringing and her financial circumstances mean she has little ambition and no ideas about where she wants her life to go. She’s then drawn into an outrageous space adventure (if you haven’t seen it, Jupiter learns she is the genetic reincarnation of the former queen of the universe - really!) that completely turns her life on its head - she’s overwhelmed and has to either just go with it or have a complete nervous breakdown. She just goes with it and that means she’s rather passive for much of the film, but that - for me - makes it more powerful when she finally does make a stand in the final act and basically decides to sacrifice her life for the sake of Earth. For me, it’s the story of a young woman whose sphere goes from very small and enclosed to vast and all-encompassing. While she’s not an action heroine, she’s principled and good and makes the right choice when push comes to shove. She embodies a very humble kind of bravery that I appreciate.

Beyond Jupiter herself, I love Jupiter Ascending for many reasons. I love the expansive and imaginative world it creates. I love the quasi-Shakespearean interpersonal drama between the millennia-old siblings. I love that so many of the interactions on screen are between women, and that women dominate in Jupiter’s household. I love that it’s shameless girly wish fulfilment, complete with shirtless Channing Tatum roller-blading through the corridors of a palace.

I hope that makes my reasoning a bit clearer! Jupiter Ascending isn’t for everyone, but I really do love it - I feel thoroughly whisked away and entertained every time I watch it.

God I’m re-watching Jupiter Ascending for the first time in about a year and honestly this movie doesn’t get enough credit. Like, yeah its pacing is garbage and it’s stupid, it’s really stupid but theres’ this sort of shameless, self-indulgent sense of fantasy that has this intensely feminine feel to it and it isn’t based on any pre-existing franchise. It picks up that weird mess of an original project you wrote when you were fourteen and that you cringe at but can’t bring yourself to throw away and it goes “This is GREAT let’s run with this.” And there’s this element of fun and fantasy in its most ridiculous and bizarre elements. Yes, let’s have reincarnated space queen Mila Kunis piggy-back-riding space werewolf Channing Tatum on hover-skates while being shot at by spaceships through the streets of Chicago. Yes, let’s have bees sense royalty and space were-bee Sean Bean. Yes let’s have gay bureaucrat androids. Yes let’s have the “Stop that wedding!” cliche in the middle of the movie for reasons that are vague and more than a little Oedipal. Yes, let’s have whispery pile of glittery garbage Eddie Redmayne screeching at aliens. Yes let’s have Channing Tatum fight a space dragon. Fuck suspension of disbelief we’re going to have fun.

Reblog if you’re part of those little, overlooked fandoms.
The tiny fantasy series fandoms.
The not-well-known game fandoms.
The cheesy box office failure fandoms.
The obscure book that got forgotten because of betsellers fandoms.
The fandoms people forget.
You exist.
You are there.
And don’t ever, EVER let anyone tell you your fandom isn’t valid.
It doesn’t matter if the thing has 10 fans or 10,000.
We are here, and we are just as obsessed and feels-ridden as the biggest fandoms.

Best Parts of Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Originally posted by cinematears

• “Somewhere over the Atlantic, she pushed me out too.” um gross???

• eddie REDMAYNEs Voldemort impression

• Maid in Manhattan sequence

• Channing’s Avril Lavigne eyeliner & elf ears


• Space orgy: it’s an orgy in space

• The unnecessary slow motion scenes

• Mila finds the world’s largest pad to pack wound with

Bees Don’t Lie

f e e l  m y  s k i n 

• Royal Bowels

• “I love dogs, I’ve always loved dogs” ??????

• What is the time frame of this movie?????? a day???? and she’s in love?????

• Throwing Channing into the void WITH HIS SPACE BOOTS AND SPACE SUIT!!!!!

• Titus tells mila He want to marry his own mum and she is just like “okey dokey.. why wouldn’t anyone in this known human killing planet have any sort of ulterior motives?”

I CREATE LIFE       a n d  i  d e s t r o y  i t

• eddie REDMAYNE cying

Murder whisk

• Elephant man???


• Gender neutral things to call ur partner in bed: your majesty

• Toilet count: 5