Jupiter Ascending is simply disappointing.
The Wachowskis’ latest film is confused, creative, crazed, colourful and contradictory, the original promise squandered by schlocky rehashes of the directors’ back catalogue and a heroine irrelevant to the hole-filled plot.
Giacchino’s pomp-and-circumstance score would fit the intended space opera. Sadly the only opera here is in the hammy acting, with Tatum and Kunis leading the cast in befuddled looks whilst mumbling unintelligible exposition.
Visually Jupiter regains some stars. The extensive world- (even galaxy-) building is highly impressive, but without a worthwhile population and purpose to fill it, this creation is left devastatingly empty.
Jupiter Ascending is several stars short of a constellation. An excess of imagination fails to result in entertainment or narrative cohesion; something went very wrong here.
CAST: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
DIRECTOR: Andy and Lana Wachowski
WRITER: Andy and Lana Wachowski
SYNOPSIS: A young woman is targeted by a powerful family living on another planet. She travels to new worlds to find her destiny, with a genetically engineered warrior in tow.
We greatly appreciate that a preview screening to this film was provided by Grape Vine Digital and Warner Bros.