I still remember when ‘Jupiter Ascending’ hit theaters. It was destroyed by the critics and the public was not very interested either, so it was a box office hit that could perfectly have ended the career of the Wachowskis. Luckily, they found refuge on Netflix with ‘Sense8’, but ‘Jupiter’s Destiny’ maintains a lousy fame that it doesn’t deserve and its arrival on HBO Max in Spain is a good opportunity to vindicate it.
With that I do not mean that it is at the height of ‘The Matrix’, the true peak of the Wachowskis’ science fiction cinema, but there are things to celebrate in ‘Jupiter Destiny’. For example, his concern for presenting his own universe and trying to endow it with a striking and spectacular visual look. It is clear that this is easier to achieve with a large budget, but we have not swallowed blockbusters that were later very bland visually.
Then I have no problem admitting that the film’s script could be improved, mainly because of the lack of control that prevails during most of the footage. That can lead to viewers who want to focus on it as a great space adventure end up desperate -although there are some notable action scenes-, but, despite certain attempts to give the story a more transcendental touch, ‘The destiny of Jupiter’ he soon embraces his wildest side and that is where he shines the most.
Leaving logic as something very secondary, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ then becomes a crazy pastime in which the only thing that really gets to be annoying is how out of place it is Eddie Redmayne. Is not that Mila Kunis or Channing Tatum border their roles, but at least they do fit better into the wild show proposed by the Wachowskis.
The final result is far from perfect, but yes enjoyable as wacky entertainment and with an attractive visual finish.