Reviews: Wachowski, Lana

“You don’t treat your cousin like a chicken!”

Jupiter Ascending — Lana Wachowski & Andy Wachowski

I will admit I was not impressed when I saw trailers for 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. Still, reaction to the film was varied enough that I decided to give it a chance. (Only on DVD, which may have been a mistake. More on that later.)

What I found was a movie that kept me entertained for a couple of hours, a movie that reminded me very strongly of a particular Hugo-winning novel (or two) … but also a movie that broke one of the fundamental rules of movie story-telling.

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an illegal alien who makes a meagre living cleaning other people’s toilets. Jupiter Jones is also a space princess who, if only she knew how to assert her rights, owns the entire planet Earth and everything on it.

The first fact keeps Jones relegated to low pay and subject to constant risk of deportation. The second puts her life at risk.

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