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While I’ll tell anyone who will listen that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is the movie I’m looking forward to the most this year, I’m keeping a secret diary where all I do is talk about how much I can’t wait to see Jupiter Ascending. Warner Bros. has released the second theatrical trailer for this epic space opera, seen above, and it’s so beautiful I may just have to hit a bottle of bourbon and drunk dial the movie later on tonight. But we all know that Andy and Lana Wachowski are experts are putting out gorgeous movies – even Speed Racer was a visual treat – but it’s a completely different story when it comes to their films’ narratives. Will their latest ascend past The Matrix as their best flick, or will it thud harder than Matrix Revolutions?
A lot of it revolves around the cast at the film’s center, and while I have no idea how they went from the Academy Award-winning crew of Cloud Atlas to Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean, I’m not mad about it either. This isn’t a heart-tugging drama where subtlety is key; it’s a movie about the Queen of the Universe wanting to kidnap and murder an Earthling with the same genetic code, and the half-albino/half-wolf that intends to stop her. I’m almost entirely certain one could watch this movie with the dialogue completely scrapped and get the same eye-boggling experience.
Jupiter (Kunis) is a lowly janitor of the future whose life changes forever when Caine (Tatum) arrives on our planet and saves her from unwittingly getting herself killed in a hospital. She is the target of Ibis (David Ajala), the Queen’s henchman in charge of bringing Jupiter and Caine to anti-justice back on his planet (Or wherever the hell it is that he lives). Sean Bean plays Stinger, Caine’s wisened partner that presumably bites a space bullet before the film’s third act - but not before delivering such advice as "It’s not what you do. It’s who you are."
But forget about all that shit that happens on Earth, though the "pew pew" sound effects of that blaster battle sound righteous. The real draw of Jupiter Ascending, at least for me, is going into outer space and flying to and from planets that audiences have never seen before, and experiencing life on those planets through elaborately decorated characters and settings. Luckily, everyone speaks English!
With even more gorgeous worlds, transforming spaceships and badass weaponry than the first trailer, this preview earns the tagline "The Battle for Our World Begins With Her," because it definitely looks like one of the largest scale wars that cinema has ever seen. All it needs is a tree-filled planet called Schmendor or something.
Also starring James D’Arcy, Tuppence Middleton, Douglas Booth, and Eddie Redmayne, with a cameo from Terry Gilliam, Jupiter Ascending will hopefully blow us all away when it hits theaters on July 18th. Were you guys as gaga for this trailer as I was?