So. I’ve been out of the country (Thailand, visiting the fam in the USA), and surprisingly off the internet. It’s been a weird thing. Not really planned. I’ve watched and had opinions of movies I might do longer reviews on later (Avengers: Age of Ultron – not as good as it could have been, pointless HawkFam, ballsy QS-kill; Mad Max – Amazing visually, yay the feminist stuff, did his mask open randomly??; Tomorrowland – was I like the only person who liked it? Cuz I liked it.), but at the moment I’m just jumping back in at the present time.
This movie takes place in a working Jurassic amusement park 20 years after the terrible deaths of the first movie. Park is up and running, and to make people keep coming they have to amp up the thrills. A traditional amusement park makes crazier coasters, THIS park makes bigger, toothier dinos. Sometimes these dinos are completely fictional, fantastical, and designed just to freak the hell out of folks.
Also, she’s super smart and apparently in the middle of an existential crisis. Obviously, because of this, shit hits the fan and people die. I don’t think this is a spoiler, but if it is. Sorry.
Three layers here, your Jurassic World staff, the kids/visitors, and In-Gen folks.
Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) runs the day-to-day operations of the park, and her sister has shipped her sons Zach and Gray (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins) to spend the weekend with her at the park. These characters are not very close, purposefully. It’s the “absent family” cliche played hard and obvious, and trading hard on the original kids, very obviously. This movie makes no bones that it’s pulling heavily from the original Jurassic Park.
Owen (Chris Pratt) is an ex-navy animal trainer who … trains raptors to… do something? They haven’t actually done anything, but he’s training them to … not do something? I never really understand WHAT his point was. He has to be pressured to pull his raptors out, and I’m like, why did you even train them in the first place? Was it purely an intellectual exercise? He was corny, and (aside from a few dino roars) delivers the final super lame final line, but he’s fun.
Hoskins (Vince d’Onofrio) is In-Gen. Need I say more?
Good overall. There were some bad moments
But most of it was very good. Especially the interaction between the people and the CGI. Comparing the people-to-graphic acting with that of, say, Hobbit… these folks were brilliant. And this movie had kid actors.
Interesting to Note:
Foreshadowing! With the viewmaster thing at the beginning. Godzilla and King Kong WISH they were this movie!
Loved it. If you’ve seen my movie reviews so far, you’ve probably got a handle on me. I like big fuck-all explosions and stuff going crazy and monsters are awesome. All of that is in this movie. This movie loves me.