There are a lot of reasons to be excited for Jupiter Ascending, not the least of which is the adorable BFF-ship that has formed between stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. But even though the new international trailer for Jupiter Ascending, which was released Wednesday, has got me really excited for the film, I'm tempering my expectations — with these kind of movies, you always have to. I'll explain, but first, let me tell you why this trailer straight-up rocks:
First of all, it's the new film from the Wachowskis, the brother-sister duo behind a little-known film called, oh, THE MATRIX. That franchise alone made them cinematic royalty, and no matter your (almost undoubtedly negative) opinions on Reloaded and Revolutions, you have to admit that the Wachowski siblings are excellent world creators.
Second, Kunis and Tatum can do no wrong. Even in their worst films, they're charismatic, fun to watch, and I guess pretty okay looking. In Jupiter Ascending, Mila Kunis plays a housekeeper who finds out she's destined to be Queen of the Universe, and you have to admit, if there is a Queen of the Universe out there, it really might be her. Rounding out the cast is the always wonderful (and always doomed) Sean Bean, and new Hollywood royalty like Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Douglas Booth, and Eddie "Cute Guy From Les Miserables" Redmayne.
Thirdly, it looks like the kind of movie that will put the extra money you'll shell out to see it in IMAX to work. Yes, I'm sure the action scenes are exciting, balls-to-the-wall fun, and there appears to be a dragon at one point, but can we talk about those costumes? That Hunger Games' Capitol-worthy hair is worth the price of admission alone.
With all of that said, I don't necessarily think it's going to be a very good movie- often the films with the best trailers end up being the most disappointing. In part, I think this is because high-concept films (for instance, about Mila Kunis discovering that she's Queen of the Universe) are rarely sustainable over the course of a too-long summer movie, which makes them feel bloated and overwrought instead of entertaining and sleek. The other unfortunate thing, of course, is that bombastic sci-fi movies often have plots that sound cool in theory, and turn into incomprehensible messes in practice. Can you imagine trying to deliver a line like "I will harvest that planet tomorrow before I let her take it from me" with a straight face? That's a dumb line said in a cool way, is what that is.
The international trailer doesn't give us a ton more insight into the no doubt impossible-to-follow plot, but it's a lot of fun to watch- as long as we're blissfully ignorant of how bad the movie will be, why not enjoy the cool trailer while we can?
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