Creators of the Matrix may have disappointed some, but they didn't disappoint me
Though this movie received a lot of criticism following its pre-release at the Sundance Film Festival and upon its official release, in my opinion, its criticism is not deserved. Most of the criticism is based off of the fact that there were very high expectations for this movie because it is the first movie with a completely original screenplay written by the Wachowskis since the Matrix trilogy. Because of the Wachowskis' reputation, many of these expectations were unreasonable. Compared to the Matrix or even some of the other movies directed by the Wachowskis, yes, this isn't the best movie, but it is enjoyable and still is more complex than most sci-fi movies out there. Some may complain that elements of Jupiter Ascending seemed based off of the Matrix. As a Matrix fan, I appreciated these similarities, particularly in the screenplay. The only weak point in the screenplay was the love story dialogue, but this seems to be a permanent weakness for the Wachowskis (this is present even in the Matrix trilogy). I also appreciated some of the sci-fi concepts presented in the movie, as well as the allusions in the character names. Though the major plot twist was very similar to the Matrix, the way it was utilized still was interesting. There was also some humor added in the movie, which I liked. The one thing that really stood out- and essentially the only thing all critics agreed was good- was the special effects. Jupiter Ascending was originally delayed because more work needed to be done on its 2000 special effects shots- and as suggested, the special effects were great.
Parents should be warned that there is a fair amount of violence in this movie, but most of it is stylized. There is also some nudity, but for the most part it is not used in a sexual context. The MPAA reason for the PG-13 rating includes suggestive material, but there was really barely anything that was suggestive. There is a little language, but it's not much of a problem.