I’ve learned that whenever an upcoming film decides to switch it’s release date (specifically) to the slow season of movies, January-February it’s usually a bad sign. In this case, the upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis has suddenly moved from it’s July 18, 2014 release date to February 6, 2015. According to Warner Bros. the switch is due to the films’s VFX (Visual Effects) needing some work, to which I will say “interesting”.
I saw the trailers for Jupiter Ascending and the one thing that stood out was the visual effects. The film is written and directed by the Wachowski siblings. Though their films have been weak on the story/script side, their visual effects from movies like The Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas are incredible. Even if Jupiter Ascending needed VFX work, why move it all the way to February and not the spring/summer season? (I’ll have a logical answer to that shortly.) I don’t mean to sound like I was really looking forward to this film, I’m just a fan of the Wachowski’s and I admire their ambitiousness that shows in their films. I want them to do great, but that’s not always the case.
Putting the VFX issues aside, an editor from the major entertainment site “Variety” has been hearing nothing but terrible things about “Jupiter Ascending” for months. This supports my initial thoughts about the film moving to February. Perhaps Warner Bros. just didn’t have faith in their film and wanted to cut their potential losses to a minimal amount. I have seen this kind of strategy before with this year’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”. Should the negative reports surrounding “Jupiter Ascending” turn out to be true, then moving release dates is a smart move. The film would have went up against Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy, and would release just a week after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes releases.
If Warner Bros. really does care about this film, then they can go beyond VFX and fix some of the problems mentioned by early viewers and test audiences. Beyond the visuals and cast, Jupiter Ascending wasn’t all that intriguing to me. At least I’ll have a film to look forward to out of curiosity come next February.
Jupiter Ascending will now be released on February 6, 2015
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