Movie Review│Jupiter Ascending

jupiter ascending

Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski // Year of release: 2015
Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne… // 127 minutes

Seen in February 2015

Synopsis (from IMDb)

In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

My Thoughts

This movie was supposed to come out in theatres in the summer of 2014, but was pushed back to February 2015, and no explanation was given. This had “disaster” written all over it.
I want to believe that the movie was pushed back because they wanted to work more on the effects, which turned out to be amazing; but rumors have it that it was pushed back because the studio didn’t believe in it. We (I) will never know.

What is clear when you see the movie, is that, at one point in the post-production, it was butchered. First of all, a Watchowskis’ movie that is barely 2 hours long? That’s not right (especially when you know that the screenplay was 600 pages long). And then when you see the movie, it is clear that a lot of scenes were removed, especially in the first act, where nothing is correctly explained and where the relationship between Jupiter and Caine isn’t all that developed, but somehow in the brief period of time that we get to witness, Jupiter develop feelings for Caine. On screen it looks stupid. Sure he’s good looking and he saved her life, but from what we saw, they barely talked to each other, so where do these feelings come from?

It seems that there was a lot of unfinished business: the Abrasax sister appears briefly to give te explanation that we need to understand the basics of what is going on, but then disappears all together in the third act of the movie. I still have no idea who those guys with mad face mods (the black shiny guy, and the girl with the purple hair) are and what they were supposed to do, or why. What was the motivation behind all this? Just let Jupiter be on her planet, don’t tell her anything, and you don’t have to care about her taking over your crown or whatever, because she doesn’t know anything in the first place.

I really wish that someday we will have a director’s cut version of this, because I am sure that this will make much more sense.

My rating:

I really wanted to love this. Back when Cloud Atlas came out, people were bashing on the movie, but I actually really liked it, and so I figured that something similar would happen with this one. But it didn’t. It was a mess. I’m giving it 2.5/5 stars, mainly because it was esthetically very pleasing to watch and the space shots were incredible, but the story and plot were really lacking.
If you want to read my first impressions fresh out of the movie theatre, go to my Letterboxd review.

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