There are many problems with the Wachowskis’ upcoming film Jupiter Ascending. It is anchored by two leads, in Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, who are fine in comedies but neither of whom could sell snow cones in the desert when it comes creating layered characters. It has a tantrum throwing villain that looks like a combination of Ra from Stargate and Ard (aka “it’s my Loknar you bitch!”) from Heavy Metal. And at first blush its plot seems simple even by YA standards.
So why am I previewing the trailer? It’s gorgeous. As if the Wachowskis combined the visuals of the underrated Sunshine with a mash-up of Minority Report and Fifth Element. While none of those films are masterpieces, if the Wachowskis’ new effort lands in the same ballpark it will be worth watching. I think the Wachowskis’ matte artists deserve a raise. Here is the trailer: