Friday, June 19, 2015

JURASSIC WORLD - Review

A RUN IN THE PARK

Temecula, CA – Fresh from a viewing of Jurassic World in 2D at the Reading Cinemas [Cal Oaks 17, Murrieta] I can only say it was well worth it. In fact it could have gone another 20 minutes in my opinion but it ended on a Chris Platt note, so I'm OK with it.

The buzz has been around this film for awhile. Spielberg, who first confirmed the film in 2002, envisioned the film release in 2005. Rewrites, cast changes, and shooting schedules all tended to throw lemons, causing pre-production delays but the cinematographic magic of Steven Spielberg has not gone away even in Hollywood's glare of success.


Giving the film four stars was Robbie Collin of The Telegraph, who deemed the film a worthy sequel to Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, and called it "methodically paced and shot with an awestruck visual sense that’s pure Spielberg." The Rotten Tomatoes critical site said, "Jurassic World can't match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining — and visually dazzlingpopcorn thriller."

As of June 15, 2015, Jurassic World has grossed $209 million in North America and $316 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $525 million, against a budget of $150 million. Its worldwide opening of $511.8 million is the biggest of all time. It also marked the first time that a film had generated over $500 million worldwide in a single weekend. The film also set the record for largest worldwide IMAX opening with $44.1 million (breaking Iron Man 3‍ 's record) and a single day IMAX gross of $13 million on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The movie's plot-line has as usual, Hollywood's up-to-date way of pointing out humanity's current foibles, namely that "the person [and] the environment are one" as one of its obvious themes. Another theme is that "those who do not stop evil are supporting and encouraging it," related actor James DuMont [Hal Osterly, businessman]. Director Colin Trevorrow has stated that the Indominus rex, the synthetic hybrid dinosaur at the center of the film's story, is symbolic of consumer and corporate excess. The director stated that the dinosaur was "meant to embody [humanity's] worst tendencies. We're surrounded by wonder and yet we want more, and we want it bigger, faster, louder, better. And in the world of the movie, [this] animal is designed based on a series of corporate focus groups."


Being privy to GMO knowledge of 'glow-in-the-dark' kittens, GMO [extreme fire hazard] trees, and GMO bees [these bees put the N word in Africanized, thanks Monsanto patent # 2457842149], along with the souless people who defend this type of natural insult, I found the movie's political message wasn't in your face scary, but more a reminder of the way things are now. It's funny, though the scenes of people [tourists] coming to their end being din-din can make you jump, the movie isn't scary, just thrilling. Since those throngs of people are there to enjoy the fenced-in beasts ala Sea World style, the only one you feel sorry for is Claire's 'Brit' assistant who loses the film's two kid heroes she was supposed to be in charge of. 
 
Can you spot the Indominus rex in this picture?

The acting all around is solid but both Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire [JW's operations mgr] and Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, a Velociraptor expert and trainer, have been singled out for their lead character portrayals. The back story and romantic undertones of the plot have been criticized by a few fun less reviewers but everybody knows movies are a combination of love and death. The old 'boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl' back, still plays well to the average viewer and romantic.

BDH as Claire plays a convincing 'lab girl boss' [see recent remarks made by the smartest dumb-ass on the planet] and shows she is no pushover when she saves Pratt's bacon once, which Pratt [Owen Grady] gives pause to. She is a flashback to the style of character played in the original by Laura Dern. Claire in character is the screen match for Pratt's character, so when you see a 'moment' happen between the two at a break in the action, the surprise seems to fit perfectly. I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't written into the script. If it was, good writing.

Chris Platt, coming off two of the 3 highest grossing moves in 2014 [the Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy] keeps the earnest passion he displayed in GoG, this time in making you feel more emotion for the velociraptors under his charge then you feel for any of the humans getting tossed in the air and gobbled in place of their GMOd park staples. Also some of this movie was shot on Kauai, site of a fierce GMO battle by the native people who live there, which is a bit ironic. 
 
Mr. DNA, a supporting character in the movie and in Kauai

Pratt's character manages to show his 'hero' side both in intelligence and savvy without being a Captain America or a Roger Moore James Bond. Always keeping a cool head, a high caliber lever action rifle, and a handy sack of one-liners when needed, his survival skills earn him a 'Your boyfriend's a bad-ass' comment from the older of the two kid hero brothers. Word has reached this reporter that Pratt has signed on for the proposed sequels.

Both Nick Robinson as Zach Mitchell, one of Claire's nephews and the older brother along with Ty Simpkins as the other nephew and younger brother, Gray, keep the suspense up as the kids staying just a step ahead of the ravishing jaws adding genuine concern to the fast-paced action. They also add just a bit of humor in finding some of the original Jurassic Park items used on the first film. In fact there are 21 homage refs to the original JP, though you won't catch them all unless you are a real fanboy, a movie insider, or watched the first film a few times just before you went and saw this film. 
 
Tourists lunch in Jurassic before they notice new menu item - Them
This is a great first date movie even if you never saw the original and especially if you missed the two sequels, both which declined in statue as the franchise went on. I think this is a movie you will be hearing about until the fall.

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