The Wachowskis’ siblings first original movie since The Matrix, sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending is a cosmic misfire: spectacular to look at but spectacularly silly, especially when stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum are taking stabs at the ridiculous dialogue.
Kunis is the eponymous Jupiter, an immigrant cleaner in present-day Chicago who learns she is actually space royalty after pointy-eared space soldier Tatum whooshes in on his nifty space skates to rescue her from space assassins. It’s the movie that is in real peril, though, as we and Jupiter struggle to get our heads round the notion that she is the genetic heir to an intergalactic dynasty.
Eddie Redmayne almost rescues things as the story’s chief villain, a literal master of the universe who drips with such cosmic disdain that he can’t be bothered to raise his voice above a galaxy-weary whisper. And, playing his brother and sister, Tuppence Middleton and Douglas Booth are deliciously decadent, too. The Wachowskis’ batty plot very nearly smothers the film’s kitsch pleasures, but they’ve come up with a future camp classic, without a doubt.
Certificate 12. Runtime 122 mins. Directors The Wachowskis.
Jupiter Ascending is released on DVD & Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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