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Jurassic World Review

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another film review, today I give you my review of Jurassic World! Now anyone who’s followed this blog for a while will know I wasn’t terribly excited for this film when the first trailer came out, but over the last month or so I really started to get on board with it because of the recent footage and interviews with the direct Colin Trevorrow, and after watching all three previous Jurassic Park films on Blu-ray recently I was super hyped. So I saw the film yesterday and now I’m read to pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”

So this is essentially another film about humans messing with things they don’t understand and paying the price in the long run, but it works. What I liked about this story is that it was something familiar and yet fresh. Seeing the trailers you get the general gist of what to expect but luckily there’s still a lot more to the story and I’m glad that there were certain choices made to keep things unexpected. That being said there were some plot points you can see coming miles off when it comes to the characters or dinosaurs especially if you’ve watched the previous JP films, though these elements don’t detract too much from the film. The people behind this film clearly know the source material and know what this film is. It is a straight up monster movie, the dinosaurs are the stars, however the human characters have to be relevant and this film fives a good explanation for why the humans have ended up in this kind of situation again, plus there’s something surmising revelations with certain characters that definitely gives this film more depth. I also appreciated that the film had the right balance between seriousness and humour, and didn’t ignore the tension, mystery and awe that comes from these kinds of events. There’s also a great amount of respect given to Jurassic Park as there are a lot of visual and verbal references for keen-eyed fans to enjoy as well. OH and one more thing I should mention, there’s a certain pint in this film that reminded me a lot of the Toho Godzilla films, I won’t go into it specifically, but anyone who’s watched an old school kaiju  film will know exactly what I’m talking about (hopefully haha).

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As for the cast they are all pretty good, but some do stick out more than others. Firstly Chris Pratt as Owen Grady was awesome, I was worried that Pratt would be a little goofy in this film because of the humour shown in some of the trailers, however his character is a very smart, serious and down-to-earth kind of guy who happens be an expert at training Velociraptors. Owen is such an awesome person and he’s exactly the kind of person that you need in situations like this, he’s logical but is also a risk-taker too. Bryce Dallas Howard also does a fantastic job as Claire Dearing, as the operations manager she has to oversee the whole park so she’s uptight, bossy and a little uncaring and she’s mainly all about the business side of things and only seems to care about profit. But when things gets complicated she has to adapt to things quickly to safe her nephews and the people of the island. Besides still being incredibly pretty, Howard is really good in this film and with Pratt they have some good screen time together. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins do well as Zach  and Gray Mitchell, I would say I liked Simpkins more because his character captured right kind of reactions to this kind of theme park and was the more interesting of the two brothers.

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Also Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins is great, his character is a bit of asshole but he’s likeable because of his cocky and chilled out personality. Irrfan Khan was very interesting and fun as Simon Masrani while Omar Sy as Barry was pretty cool too. I was so happy to see the return of B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, he was one of my favourite characters from the first film and I’m glad that this film fleshed out his character, gave him more history with the park and dinosaurs similar to the source material. Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus were nice as Lowery Cruthers and Vivian, they had some great moments together and individually, especially with Johnson, he made me laugh a lot which was surprising considering that I didn’t find him funny at all in Let’s Be Cops last summer.

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When it comes to the presentation it’s pretty damn good. Visually the film looks and feels like a JP film, the cinematography is great and the action set pieces are awesome, dynamic and very chaotic. As for the special effects they are on top form, most of the dinosaurs looks great and are really detailed, however sometimes the CGI did look a little blurry and some of the dinosaurs felt like they lacked a bit of weight to them. As a long-term fan of the series I’ve gotten used to the mixture of practical and digital effects when it comes to the dinosaurs, and while it was mainly done in the past due to technical limitations, when it was used effectively it looked brilliant. These days everything can be done with CGI and that’s all well and good when it’s at the highest quality possible, but there is something lost when there’s isn’t something physically there. I looked very carefully and I’m not sure there was any practical effects in this film, there were a few occasions where I couldn’t tell for sure, but I’m certain it mainly digital. As for the soundtrack, the brilliant Michael Giacchino steps in to do the score for this film and the man delivers a wonderful score full of mystery, power, tension and awe, and of course he incorporates the original John Williams theme in there to great effect too. I definitely got some Dawn of the Planet of the Apes vibes and that was great as well.

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In the end Jurassic World is a return to form for this franchise, it captures the nostalgic elements of the first film, but mixes things up in new and interesting ways. While the film definitely is not without its faults, it is a lot of fun and at the end of the day that’s all I needed it to be. If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series you should check this one out as soon as possible.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Jurassic World and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jurassic World Teaser Trailer Review

Okay ladies and gentlemen, an important day has come, a day I have looked forward to for a while now; the day, when the Jurassic World teaser trailer was released. Now the teaser was meant to come out on Friday, however it got released early, TODAY and now I have to talk about it!

Check out the teaser below:

My first reaction after seeing the trailer? Underwhelmed.

Now, before you people attack me for expecting too much, allow me to explain. Do not misunderstand me, I do like the teaser, there are a lot of interesting things to take away from this trailer. That being said, this trailer didn’t knock my socks off or speak to my nostalgic inner child.

With those first factors established, let me talk about the major points of interest in the trailer.

  1. Isla Nublar Has Turned Into A Futuristic Orlando Resort: I think the most interesting element of this trailer is the fact that Isla Nublar, the island from the first film, has been converted into the equivalent of Disneyland and Orlando Resort, but more so Orlando than anything else. Looks like Jurassic Park is now this massive tourist location with hundreds of customers, it is filled to the maximum! People casually travel by these clear, spherical cars to watch dinosaurs or catch a big water show with a huge dinosaur (like when you watch a show with a killer whale or dolphins). I can’t wait to see this place get trashed.
  2. Dinosaurs Everywhere!: It seems like we have a good few dinosaurs on display like Brachiosaurus, Gallimimus, Velociraptors and something that looks like a Pliosaurs. Seems like there will be a lot of dinosaurs on display and hopefully they will be around to cause some chaos and eat people too.
  3. Humans Never Learn & People Will Die: Since this is a sequel, the film exists in canon to the previous films. You’d think that these scientists would know not to tamper with this science stuff. Even more so the visitors, are they all brain-dead? Going to an island theme park filled with dinosaurs, don’t you think there might be some danger involved? I can’t help but feel like these humans will just be cattle for the slaughter and have no reason for me to care about them when they get eaten.
  4. There’s A New Dinosaur In Town: In this trailer there’s talk of a new genetically modified dinosaur, one that’s a big deal and has the people who work at the park worried. We cannot see the dinosaur, but it seems pretty dodgy. The only thing that troubles me is that it maybe a dinosaur/human hybrid like the concept art which was released online a little while ago, those things were ugly!
  5. Raptors! But They’re Not Attacking The Human?: Right at the end of the trailer we see Chris Pratt on a motorcycle along with the legendary Velociraptors, but one thing looks off about these monsters; they’re not attacking Pratt. Instead it looks like they’re running and fighting with him. So what, are they docile now? Do they have a close attachment to Pratt’s character? Or do they see something more interesting ahead of them? One can only speculate at the moment.

Other than that Chris Pratt looks pretty cool and Bryce Dallas Howard seems to be a smart person caught in the center of the chaos. There isn’t much detail about the story, but that’s to be expected at this point. Also let’s talk about the CGI. Now I know one should not knock a teaser trailer for its special effects considering that it is still over half a year away, but, the trailer has been released as it is, so naturally people are going to be critical of things that aren’t finished. With all that being said, the GCI, it looks good for the most part, however there is no denying the fact that it looks a bit rough and nowhere near as polished as the original film (the scene with the shark comes to mind). I think the reason why people go on about the special effects is because in 1993, the first film created some of the most impressive-looking visual effects in film history and it is insane to think that visual effects companies still can’t seem to reproduce the same results as a film that’s 20 years later. But hell, we’ve got time, hopefully things will look super slick by June next year. I also hope that the story holds up, I mean this film does just look like humans messed up and now the dinosaurs are on the attack again, but let’s hope that there is more to the film than that.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Jurassic World looks interesting. The whole concept of an Isla Nublar being a theme park is very intriguing and different from the previous films and the idea of there being a genetically modified dinosaur which hasn’t been seen has my interest. Along with Chris Pratt’s involvement and my massive nostalgic love from Jurassic Park, Jurassic World will be watched in cinema regardless of how the film ends up.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Jurassic World? Does it fill you with excitement or are you not very impressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to comment below and let me know. See you on the next review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Spider-Man 3

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #3 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Okay so we reviewed Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, now it’s time to conclude the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy with what is regarded as one of the worst superhero films ever and the one film that killed this otherwise great series, Spider-Man 3.

Oh god, you and I both know that you don’t have to watch this film to know that it sucks, but for the sake of the review I’ll put myself through this hell. Bloody hell, how did Sam Raimi, his crew and Sony go so wrong with this film, it was gonna be huge and had the potential to be the best in the series. In the end it was huge alright… A HUGE LOAD OF ASS! But anyways I’ll save my ranting and raving for now, let’s talk about film section by section starting with the story.

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So the story in Spider-Man 3 is set months after the last film, here Peter Parker enjoys a successful life as Spider-Man because the city of New York love him. However those times of peace are disrupted when Flint Marko, an escaped convict comes into play as the new villain Sandman. Add to Parker’s troubles that the fact that Harry Osborn still wants Peter dead because of what happened to his father, he’s also having relationship problems with Mary Jane, we also have the introduction of Eddy Brock at the Daily Bugle and the alien symbiote too.

Argh! The story alone in this film and the way its handled is just stupid, absurd and very frustrating to watch considering that source material is so strong, but I’ll moan about that later, let’s talk about the cast first.

While I can’t hate the cast too much because of the script they had to work with, I can’t say that some of these performances aren’t out of the area of criticism. Firstly there’s Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Man, if people didn’t like Maguire as Parker before then they definitely won’t in this film. Some of Maguire’s acting was cheesy enough but in this film there are things I can’t forget and it really hurt me. Nuff said. As for Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, by this point in the series I didn’t really care for her character, plus she’s a bit of a player, I mean she’s gone with Peter, Harry, John and Flash, makes me wonder if the series had continued what other men would she have taken? And then there’s James Franco as Harry Osborn/New Goblin, his character I didn’t mind as much as the previous two and I liked his dark and underhanded nature. But there were some inconsistencies and silly moments that I can’t ignore.

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Oh then there’s Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko/Sandman. I’m gonna be straight with you lot, I didn’t like this character, at all. Haden Church I don’t believe was the right man for this role and while I’m not overly aware of Sandman’s origins in the comics, this version of him was only relevant for a bit and was sort of forgotten about and then brought back a little while after because he was apparently relevant again… And then there’s frigging Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/Venom. I can sum him up as both characters in one word: DISGUSTING! NEXT!

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Now we have Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy, probably the best thing to come out of this film when it comes to the new cast. I mean sure her character is hardly relevant and she was basically shoehorned into the film but Dallas Howard is so hot in this film it is worth watching just for her alone. Rosemary Harris as Aunt May was good and gave use a nice performance even though it was in a smaller capacity than before. And lastly J. K. Simmons still makes for a good J. Jonah Jameson, unfortunately there’s not nearly as much screen time for him as there was before.

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When it comes to the presentation it decent but not nearly a good overall when compared to the last two films. Firstly the CGI and special effects are good for the most part and have improved a great deal from Spider-Man 2, this makes for some very nice-looking action sequences, the best of which is Peter and Harry’s aerial fight and when Spider-Man saves Gwen Stacy. Those are the best scenes in the film. Everything else is just not up to par and has too much special effects. As for the soundtrack, it sucks! There’s no Danny Elfman! It bugs me that Elfman and Sam Raimi couldn’t come to an agreement when Spider-Man 3 came out, instead we have Christopher Young who borrows Elfman’s themes while creating new ones for this film. The end result is a soundtrack that seriously lacks the impact that the previous films had, besides the songs when Sandman disappears near the end of the film and when the old themes are being used, the rest of the soundtrack is weak.

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Ah man! After watching this film again today I actually hate it more than I did before. There used to be some things I actually liked, but I guess after turning 23 my opinion has changed a great deal since the last time I saw this film.

So what worked in the film? Well only a tiny set of things like:

  • The first fight between Peter and Harry, that was some different and dynamic stuff
  • Bryce Dallas Howard, she was incredibly hot and totally showed up Kirsten Dunst
  • The Spider-Man crane scene when he saves Gwen Stacy, that’s cool
  • Peter and MJ’s break-up, that was nicely done and was kind of heartbreaking

As for the stuff that didn’t work? Take your pick, this film is filled with stuff that didn’t work. But here’s the main offenders:

  • Why in the holy mother of heck was Flint Marko the killer of Uncle Ben? Who thought that plot twist was smart? It basically took a shit on the first film and made everything that happened prior to this film pointless!
  • Having 3 villains in one film, such a foolish idea
  • Topher Grace as Eddy Brock, who the hell cast this guy? HE SUCKS! He totally kills the character in every way
  • Venom. Nuff said.
  • The black suit, it looked horrible and its powers were never fully looked into or explained
  • Shoehorning characters like Gwen Stacy and Eddy Brock/Venom into the film knowing that those characters are popular in the franchise and really needed more development
  • Peter Parker the Emo
  • Tobey Maguire dancing in the street
  • The whole jazz bar scene, that is just something I’ll never recover from… EVER

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well let me put it like this: HA! It literally takes the source material and takes a big dump on it. Besides having some similar-looking elements it was terrible. Firstly what the hell did they do to Venom? The character got completely butchered! The look of the costume was wrong, he was so small and ugly and poorly handled when it came to his powers, he wasn’t even the main villain which was terrible! With that in mind I feel the need to mention the symbiote in general, how it showed up the films is unlike the comics and its powers were so dumbed down and was never fully shown in the film, there was so much more that could have been done and yet what we got was this poor imitation! Also the New Goblin, that was just lazy. I’m all for change in adaptations but that was just weak, also how come Harry can take the gas that his father did in the first film but come out without going all crazy? Inconsistencies! There’s so much more I could moan about but I’m gonna leave it here for now.

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In conclusion Spider-Man 3 is one of those films that will be forever hated and for good reason. It tried to do too much, changed many of the basic elements that made the previous two films so successful and basically hurt me mentally and physically in ways I’ll never recover from. I used to give this film the benefit of the doubt, but no longer, it sucks and that’s all there is to it. I still blame Sony for this!

Rating: 5/10 (There’s tiny elements of good, but they’re hidden away behind all the crappy parts!)

So there’s my review people, only 27 more to go. So have you seen Spider-Man 3 and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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