Warner Bros. Jupiter Ascending

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
6.7

Warner Bros. Jupiter Ascending

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Overall Take

You probably haven't seen Warner Bros.' "Jupiter Ascending" yet, as it wasn't a huge box office hit upon its release. As a home purchase, though, it's a great choice, entertaining without being too heavy. Star Channing Tatum brings likability to the hero in the story, making the movie infinitely watchable. In our analysis of 121 expert reviews, the Warner Bros. Warner Bros. Jupiter Ascending placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
4.2
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
5.3
171,477 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Tatum has it best because he has the least dialogue. Mostly he flies around rescuing Jupiter from the same villains, who capture her back so the cycle can start again.
- Rolling Stone
Tatum's emotional transparency makes you care about Jupiter's protector, Caine Wise, even though he's as much a stick figure as the other characters. Tatum cries the best righteous manly-man tears in cinema.
- Roger Ebert
Apart from the design work, the visuals are pedestrian at best, more driven by imparting plot points than any kind of visionary flourish.
- Slant Magazine
The computer-generated special effects are wonderfully creative.
- Plugged In
Like too much filmed space opera, this is wonderfully imaginative when it comes to costume, art direction, special effects, spaceships and incidental alien creatures.
- Empire
Jupiter Ascending is everything you’d expect from the siblings’ first trip into orbit, a fun, inventive, visually stunning piece of space opera. Given free rein and a mega-budget to play among the stars, the duo have plundered ideas from a diverse range of sources (both screen and page), and mixed them all up to make something that feels unlike anything we’ve seen before. The sheer density of things happening in each frame boggles the mind.
- Games Radar
Visually, Jupiter Ascending excels. Jupiter Ascending makes sure that its entire budget ends up on display. There are some jaw-dropping space battle scenes and more pyrotechnics than even Michael Bay has attempted.
- Reel Views
JUPITER ASCENDING is a fairly entertaining sci-fi movie, with exciting action sequences and spectacle galore.
- Movie Guide
What experts didn't like
Epic fails come in two indigestible flavors: Cynical blockbusters, like the kind Michael Bay makes, that hold audiences in contempt for buying whatever swill they spew out. And disasters in which you can still feel the ambition and soul behind the unholy mess onscreen. Jupiter Ascending, the brainchild of Andy and Lana Wachowski, falls in the latter category.
- Rolling Stone
To be clear, the problem isn't that the movie lacks passion or sincerity. This is a defiantly corny silent-movie-with-sound, in which Jupiter keeps falling and falling and falling and Caine keeps soaring in, Superman-style, to scoop her up in his arms. The problem is that the film fails to find a new or even halfway distinctive way to express itself. For all its noise and color, "Jupiter Ascending" looks, sounds and moves too much like every other sci-fi or fantasy adventure you've seen in the aftermath of the "Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogies and "Star Wars" prequels.
- Roger Ebert
The lust and ultimate romance between Jupiter and Wise comes up suddenly and awkwardly, and the quasi-incest subplot between our titular heroine and Booth’s Titus is inexplicable. That this all ultimately feels like perpetual build-up, this film acting as the presumable Batman Begins-type introductory volume to a bigger space wolf-man saga, only dulls the impact of even the film’s passing pleasures, like the nifty visions of Wise walking on air and a warmly eccentric cameo by Terry Gilliam.
- Slant Magazine
At one point, the whole thing becomes Brazil in space, replete with a Terry Gilliam cameo. It’s absolute nonsense, with each new world more fantastically overdressed than the last, and dialogue that would make George Lucas cringe.
- The Guardian
The film's geographic distinctions are also poorly registered. Balem lives on Jupiter, but the others, who knows where. If humans live elsewhere in the solar system and beyond under the dominion of this royal family, there must be some universal apparatus linking them or holding the empire together, but we see or hear no evidence of that.
- The Hollywood Reporter
Now as we explore the age of digitally enhanced movies, something like that is happening again. No expense is spared by filmmakers to awe and thrill and astound with all sorts of CGI craziness. But the end result with Jupiter Ascending is that it feels just like one of those old silent movies, only with more talking. And the chatter in this case just makes things worse.
- Plugged In
Stuck with old-hat character types and a resolutely unspecial storyline. It’s frequently entertaining, but as much for its terrible moments as its inspired touches.
- Empire
Alas, the heroes fare less well. Tatum is blandly efficient as Caine Wise, the half-wolf soldier dispatched to track down Jupiter, but the always-watchable Kunis is saddled with a thankless role. The reincarnation of intergalactic royalty, Jupiter’s thrown into the whole planet-hopping mess by fate, and doesn’t become any more proactive as the movie goes on.
- Games Radar
It is, however, occasionally unfocused, sometimes confusing, and saddled with a too-predictable ending.
- Reel Views
The narrative is a little hard to follow at times and the jeopardy could have been more grounded in the characters, most of whom lack depth and development.
- Movie Guide

From The Manufacturer

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An Overview On Fiction Movies

It’s never been easier to watch a movie. At the click of a remote button, you can access whatever movie suits your mood, whether it was released earlier this year or decades ago. Some movies are available for free with a subscription, while others cost only a few dollars to rent or buy.

Before you commit to a movie, though, you may wonder if it’s worth the time investment. There are some films that are so well-known, all you need to hear is a title to know what you’ll get. However, even a good reputation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like a movie. Some viewers prefer intense action with plenty of fight scenes, while others like comedy woven into their films, no matter the genre.

If you’re renting or buying an older movie, one big question you’ll likely have is whether it stands the test of time. Today’s TVs are built to render visuals in vivid detail, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen movie supports that. Many older films have been digitally remastered to meet today’s high-definition standards, but you may find that not all of the movies online offer that.

In addition to visuals, the content of the movies themselves don’t always stand the test of time. What was unique or relevant to previous generations may no longer hold up. Some classics have been heavily imitated as well, making them seem less original when viewed after their successors. If you can think of the movie you’re watching in context, you’ll probably enjoy it more than if you compare it to today’s pop culture trends.

Lastly, you may wonder if the movie you’re choosing is family-friendly. Even if you won’t be watching with children, this is relevant. Profanity, violence and other mature content can be disturbing to some viewers, especially in extreme amounts. It’s important to look into that before you choose a movie to view, even if you’re watching a film that’s considered a classic.

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The first step toward streaming movies at home is to set your TV up to access streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, the TV shows and movies that are part of its service are included in your subscription. A smart TV will connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and let you navigate to those services using your remote. You’ll need to set up a username and password first, which can be easier on a computer or mobile device, and then simply input your password using your remote. You can also rent movies using your cable or dish provider’s on-demand service or through Redbox, which offers both a streaming service and actual DVDs you can pick up at their physical locations.

The Fiction Movie Buying Guide

  • Released in 1994, Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that put director Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s a collection of stories, woven together in creative ways. At the time, it was a gangster movie unlike anything ever seen before, bringing comedy and realistic dialogue to a genre that was traditionally very serious. The dialogue is, indeed, one of the best things about “Pulp Fiction,” making characters jump off the screen and entertaining you from start to finish.
  • No matter when you were born, there’s no escaping the ongoing legacy of the “Star Trek” series. In 2009, Paramount Pictures rebooted the franchise with “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams behind the camera, taking the series back to the beginning. The movie was a big hit upon its release, bringing fresh faces to the characters previous generations knew all too well.
  • Although Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” was a bomb when it was initially released, it might be worth checking out now that you can rent it for a low price. The biggest problem with “Jupiter Ascending” was the expense to make it, putting it in the tough position of needing to sell an extraordinary amount of tickets once it hit theaters. But you can’t go wrong with stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and a space opera just sounds like a great time, no matter what it’s about.
  • In 2020, “Dune” releases in theaters, remaking a film that has become a cult classic over the years. In 1984, Universal Studios’ “Dune” came out to bad reviews and lackluster ticket sales. Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Dune” is that it was made by a director with no interest in science fiction, yet somehow it’s managed to engage sci-fi fans in recent years. It’s also well worth watching to see Patrick Stewart early in his career.
  • Whether you’re sharing movie night with children or not, content is important. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek,” Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” and Universal Studios’ “Dune” are all PG-13, making them suitable for audiences ages 13 and up. Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction,” on the other hand, has an R rating. If you’re averse to profanity, you’ll particularly want to avoid “Pulp Fiction” and “Star Trek,” since both feature strong language.
  • Although Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” has plenty of light moments, don’t be fooled by the comedy. The movie has some extremely violent moments, as well as mature content involving drugs and sex.
  • Often what you sign up for when you rent or buy a movie is enjoyable characters. You won’t get much better than Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” when it comes to that. The dialogue brings the characters to life, making them likable even when they’re doing very unlikable things. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” doesn’t disappoint, either, staying true to the original characterizations of both Captain Kirk and Spock. With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may struggle with the characters at times, but Channing Tatum’s performance makes the hero likable. Dune packs in director David Lynch’s famed abstract style, with characters who are likably quirky.
  • If you enjoyed “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago, you’ll find it just as powerful as it was originally. Even if you’re new to the film, though, you’ll still find it entertaining and unique.
  • Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” had some big shoes to feel, and it did so capably. However, you won’t find the film as cerebral as “Pulp Fiction.” It’s designed for entertainment, with a big special effects budget that provides plenty to watch.
  • With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may find the story a bit hard to follow, and the characters don’t have quite the development necessary to make it a character-driven film.
  • Universal Studios’ “Dune” is one of those movies that seem to get better in retrospect. Today’s viewers can appreciate the artistic vision Lynch brought to the project. Since the screenplay follows the book fairly closely, that means you’ll also get a legitimately riveting story as well.