021315-div-moviejupiterascending

In some ways it must be hard to be the Wachowskis. Sure, they are industry visionaries with a rubber-stamped $100 million budget for any film. Nevertheless, it must be difficult to reconcile the fact that you may never make a science fiction film better than The Matrix. It would have to be hard, but they could at least try.

Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is an ordinary girl, living day to day, working as a cleaning lady and hating her life, but without the means or ambition to change it. Meanwhile, outside of Jupiter's world of self pity, a battle for intergalactic dominance is occurring and she is the key to victory. You see, it turns out that Jupiter is the rightful ruler of Earth and it is time to seize her legacy. There are bad aliens (including Oscar nominee Eddie Redmayne) and good aliens, namely Caine (Channing Tatum); the bad want to kill her; the good, protect her. Queue spectacular special effects laden battle sequence.

The film is fine. Honestly, if you're looking for a sci-fi movie for a tween, rent Guardians of the Galaxy. This one, much like Tatum's acting ability, is superficial nonsense wrapped in a very pretty package. It's a 5.