Jupiter Ascending: Trailer Review

I can’t even think of a witty title or tagline for this post and I don’t especially want to.  There’s no other way to put it; part of my draw to the film is the title, which, at least to me, just sounds undeniably cool.

Jupiter Ascending.

I stumbled onto this film quite by accident.  YouTube must really know me well because it was at the top of the list of suggestions made for me.  I visit YouTube frequently these days, mostly because I’m perpetually checking the stats for the various Genre Wars videos while also copying the links to post elsewhere under various forms of social media.

What I find really appealing about this trailer is that, like with my other favorites by the Wachowskis – The Matrix and V For Vendetta – it has a familiar feel, while also coming across as being something new.  It doesn’t inherently remind me of anything at a first glance.  It seems like it should be an adaptation of something; but it is not.  It is an original story by the Wachowskis and I find that really refreshing in the current market of book-to-screen franchises and the Marvel vs. DC battle.  There is obviously original work out there; there always is, but this film is likely to get a lot of attention and the Wachowskis could probably have very easily taken on another adaptation, following Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer, but instead went with something new.

I’m not a big Channing Tatum fan; nothing against him, I’m just kind of indifferent.  That’s mostly due to the fact that I haven’t been all that drawn to the films in which he has performed, even though I can’t deny that he’s a capable actor and I’m really impressed that he hasn’t gotten typecast in the “action movie” role.  Even though Jupiter Ascending looks to be full to  bursting with action, this is also the very specific genre of science fiction; or genres, I should say, since there’s something inherently fantasy about the trailer.  Not that that’s a bad thing.  And maybe that’s just my take on it, but I find that the role he’s playing in this film seems genuinely interesting and engaging, so perhaps he’ll make a stronger impression on me than he has in the past.

I am also positively delighted to see Mila Kunis in the titular role.  I like her a lot.  I had heard a rumor that she had been one of the names on the very short list of actresses to play Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games films and when they cast Jena Malone instead, I found that I was severely disappointed…but I’ll get more into that with my review of Catching Fire.  However, seeing this trailer is a great surprise because while I still think she would have slayed the part of Johanna Mason, I am happy to see that, instead, she’s taken the spotlight as the lead female role in this film and I have no doubt she can carry the load.

This trailer reminds me of Inception.  There are rules and a history and lots of nitty-gritty details that – I’m hoping – will make the world feel full and rich, rather than a lot of surface spectacle.  Looking over the rest of the cast list, I’m excited to see the likes of not just Sean Bean but also Terry Gilliam and Eddie Redmayne.  Bean looks to be on the side of the goodies this time, but as we all know, he makes such a fantastic baddie that I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns on us in the film…but that’s just me.  I like seeing him in the heroic role, whenever given the chance to play one, but I’m honestly perfectly open to either.

Overall, this looks interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing more about it.

 Jupiter Ascending opens in the US in July, 2014.
(July 25th, according to the official website, July 18th according to Wikipedia)

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