Jurassic World : Dinosaurs still rule the earth

 

JW1For many movie going folk Star Wars is the biggest deal for them this year, but not for me. This past weekend saw the sequel to a film that captivated generations of people and still does to this day. I remember seeing Jurassic Park multiple times and then spending ages trying to get hold of a forever sold out VHS copy.

Jurassic World did the same for me (apart from the VHS thing). As a proud 90’s kid I felt as if that era was on the line for me here. Our lives were in the hands of a not so known director Colin Trevorrow. His job, to bring back  something that many think couldn’t be bettered.

You know what many people will be right because Jurassic Park revolutionised so much and paved the way for modern film. But Jurassic World in many places bettered the work that Steven Spielberg did. Of course throughout the film there were moments that nodded to the first but this one had it’s own voice and that was achieved by making these dinosaurs the characters.

Instead of this being a ‘monster’ flick, the characters in this film include the dinosaurs. There is a great connection from an audience point of view to these creatures who have their own spotlight. They aren’t just CGI imagery, they mean something more than just monsters. You really feel for these larger than life beings that once ruled our world and that is something this franchise has never succeeded in telling us until now.

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We were treated to some stunning visual shots and the park really looked like what John Hammond envisaged

Again he concept of humans pushing genetics too far is center stage and they are rightly punished. An old story of human interference with nature resulting in disaster. Nothing new but delivered in a different way. A very much lethal cross bred dinosaur escapes captivity and all hell breaks loose.

For all Jurassic fans it’s right up their alley.

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Bryce Dallas Howard holding a flare, I think we know what will follow

To put things right it is up to the main man Owen who is played by Chris Pratt, a velociraptor handler/trainer (yes there isn’t a manlier job, ever).

From this film he should go on to be the next Indiana Jones no doubt. His presence as the hero was simply brilliant. Joined by the park’s main administrator Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) they struggle to track down this dino-predator and the 20,000 visitors are now the prey. We do see an Indiana Jones style relationship develop here ticking yet another box for me.

Parts of this film were indeed scary and tense, something which delivered better than the original perhaps on a larger scale. I think comparison to the original is what this film was mainly about but to me Jurassic World stood taller. In the end it was up to the dinosaurs who closed the original, defending their honor.

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Conclusion  9/10

This wasn’t just a film about monsters, in fact these creatures didn’t feel like monsters at all. They were characters in their own tale of how no matter what interference they have, life will find a way. The best film of the 90’s and it’s reputation was fantastically defended, Jurassic World did what the original didn’t and that’s tell us that dinosaur’s weren’t monsters at all.

No doubt I will be seeing it again in the cinema. A reported 204 million dollars taken for its first weekend, the T-Rex can still roar, and it’s louder than anything else this year so far.

 

 

 

 

Jurassic World : a preview

Cue the larger than life orchestra, trumpets and all as you come with me through gates that King Kong would be proud of.

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Yes I am talking about the 21 year old revolutionary film known as Jurassic Park. But what am I doing talking about something that came out when I was nearly four years of age. Because ladies and gentlemen, we have a t-rex, again!

“Now that’s one big pile of shit” (this is no reference to my blog or Jurassic Park/World)

For many years speculation has got the better of a film series as to whether or not we would see a fourth incarnation. A story that I have been following since leaving the cinema after watching Sam Neil and co get chased around Isla Sorna.

Last week many film fans had their speculation/ prayers answered.  Firstly a sneak peak preview of the full trailer appeared, with a slow piano rendition of the JP theme. (Ticked all the boxes for me in doing things right.) Then the full version appeared and answered many many questions that the previous films didn’t.

“Chaotician, chaoticion”

malcom One particular question is : What happened to the islands that were once a dinosaur theme park? Well the park is open, to the masses. Like a modern Disney land, I guess they had that coupon day after all. And as quick as a dinosaur can eat a blood sucking lawyer from a toilet the trailer was over. But before so, this film has promised something huge, something cojunga! To me that is everything the other three films weren’t.

We know that something will go wrong, that’s the same. But how they deal with it will be different, especially as the trailer showed Chris Pratt navigating a motorbike with velociraptors by his side. Looking at the IMDB page the iconic stars from the first film wont feature, so maybe it’s time a film like this made some new icons.

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Chris Pratt on his Harley Raptor

This does look like a re boot standing on the shoulders of the previous films.

What you have to keep in mind is that when Jurassic park came out, dinosaurs hadn’t been seen like this ever before. I thought they were real, we all did come on. Now the shock factor of that has moved on and something else is required to re create the same magic they did in the 90’s. But the question is can they? Can something like that iconic kitchen scene be matched? Computers and science has moved on so much since those days.

“They should all be destroyed” 

The cast is relatively new, Chris Pratt (guardians of the galaxy and lego movie) is on a roll at the moment and brings a new generation to the very forefront of what could be a completely new take on a wonderful film franchise. I am not the only one hoping they do it justice.  I want to endorse the park, but we will have to see. Reboots and long awaited sequels are the fashion these days, with Dumb and Dumber to and of course that space opera film with light swords, hopefully none of them will disappoint, but are ideas of the past compatible with the film makers of today?

“you name it we got it!”

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