After being delayed multiple times along the way to the movie theater, the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending finally opens everywhere this week. And if all the trailers and that massive gallery of images aren’t enough to entice you, you’re in luck, because this video has five new clips from the wingnut sci-fi adventure. And if all of this new footage still isn’t enough (you sure are hard to satisfy), there’s also a nine-minute behind-the-scenes video that gives you a good idea of what went into making the brother/sister duo’s latest opus.
The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a lowly cleaning woman who dreams of far greater things. As it turns out, a happenstance of genetics sets her on a path that takes her far beyond our world and plunks her down in the middle of an intergalactic corporate family feud. Along with her new sidekick Caine (Channing Tatum), an albino wolf-human hybrid soldier, she has to navigate the tricky political waters, while saving Earth and her family at the same time.
It’s actually kind of a mess, but if you’ve always wanted to see Magic Mike talk about rocket boots and differential equations, these clips might be just what you need. They really play up the romantic angle of the movie, which is forced, sudden, and awkward, and touches briefly on issues like class. What you really walk away from this video with is a sense for the size and scope of the picture. If nothing else, Jupiter Ascending is a pretty movie to look at, even if it is rather silly and overly serious (which only enhances the silliness) most of the time.
If you haven’t seen Jupiter Ascending yet, and I’ll go out on a limb and assume that most of you haven’t at this point, this behind-the-scenes footage if going to feel a little bit disjointed. There’s not a lot of context, and in a movie this CGI heavy, there are important visual pieces missing here.
You do get a nice sense of what filmmakers do practically in situations like this to make scenes feel real. For instance, you get shots of Mila Kunis essentially bungee jumping to simulate a long fall, or when she and Sean Bean are running and fighting aliens in a field, there are all kinds of ways they can make the plants move as if these pixelated villains are actually there. In that sense, this is interesting to watch, but nine-minutes worth can be a little much unless you’re looking for tips for your own movie or just want to see the actors reacting to things that aren’t there.
Jupiter Ascending opens everywhere on Friday, February 6.