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June 10, 2015 at 10:04 am #188255
No thread for this. Many of us will be watching this so here’s a thread where we can express our feelings about the film, and it’s Oscar chances in the TECH categories.
Dinosaurs will rule the earth again. Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World” is going to take a monster bite out of the box office w… June 10, 2015 | 7:47 AM The nonsensical story is bad enough without depriving Pratt of his charm and good humor in a generic, square-jawed leading man role
Full story at TheWrapJune 11, 2015 at 9:56 am #188258
Rewatched the first two last week. The first is actually excellent—a great suspense builder. The second, which I preferred as a child, is just no good at all.June 11, 2015 at 11:15 am #188259
This should be fun. Always enjoy both Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.
Will it be as good as the first? Nah, of course not. But hopefully it will be better than 2 and 3.June 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm #188261
Jurassic World is not the Jurassic Park movie we need. Is the Jurassic Park movie we deserve.
Loved it.June 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm #188262
‘Jurassic World’ was so fun!!! That final act…. Those final moments… OMG… The theater erupted into applause, myself included. The kid in me couldn’t be more thrilled. All of the actors were fine, Pratt is solid, and I was most surprised by Bryce Dallas Howard’s arc. Her character has one of the best moments in the finale.June 11, 2015 at 10:44 pm #188263
Twas quite enjoyable!June 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm #188264
If I have time I’m seeing this tonight. Yes! I’m in the mood for rampaging dinos, more mockery of ‘science’, Chris Pratt, and the score. I may even enjoy Bryce.June 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm #188265
(I also posted this in the Original Film Scores to Never Be Nominated Thread)
Someone had the brilliant idea of slowing down John Williams’ theme to ‘Jurassic World’, and it’s otherworldly GORGEOUS, like seriously. It’s the best score to the best sci-fi film about the origins of the universe that we never had. Hitfix has the track and I suggest you give it a listen… It’s so spacey, and epic, and emotional… It really is stunning how it totally shouldn’t work but it does. Check it out here- http://www.hitfix.com/the-dartboard/the-jurassic-park-theme-at-1000x-slower-speed-is-absolutely-gorgeousJune 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm #188266
I loved it and was really surprised after reading a lot of less than stellar reviews. Nice effects and acting. I was really surprised by the plot. Didn’t think it would be as developed as it was. Overall very happy I chose to see it! There’s so many good films out right now and choosing just one to see was so difficult.June 13, 2015 at 7:15 am #188267
Deadline is reporting that ‘Jurassic World’ had an opening day of $83 mil and is looking at between $190-$200 mil for the weekend and could dethrone ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ as the 2nd highest opening weekend of all time. Congrats to Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and director Colin Trevorrow!June 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm #188268
I saw “Jurassic World” last night and really enjoyed it. It’s a very entertaining film and perfect summer movie entertainment… The film as a whole does have flaws~ only a couple characters are actually fleshed out, it’s predictable and the dialogue at times is, um, not great to put it nicely. That said, it’s all about the action and dinosaurs and Chris Pratt is great. I also really liked Bryce Dallas Howard which kinda surprised me.
June 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm #188269
It was a fine summer movie, I was surprised by how short it was, these movies tend to last longer just because. It has a ton of eye rolling moments (Howard’s character wins in that department: the heels, clothes, hair, the I never want children angle, it’s tiresome), the Owen character was a huge cliche, of course the kids’ parents are getting divorced (was this your idea Steven?), but in the end, it’s summer, these are the movies you expect and it was actually kind of cool for the most part. That final scene with the rex, the raptor and DinoShamu finishing the job was so over the top that it ended up being amazing.
I will say that the whole premise of the movie is ridiculous as a whole, for example: Why is this park open anyway? Who didn’t predict all of this would happen? Who goes to this park? Why couldn’t they settle for one pterodactyl? Two maybe? No, they had an “aviary”, so they could have more and more and more of the dinosaur that has to be the most difficult to contain, chase and kill. And in the end, they just end up flying around Costa Rica because…why not?.
The best of the worst parts is that BD Wong escapes with embryos so they can what? Open a new park? Get a sequel? Which of course is coming thanks to all that opening weekend money. What are they going to do? Rise of the Planet of the Dinosaurs? Hey, they already have the same writers…
Finally, Chris Pratt. What the fuck? What do they do to him before these movies start shooting? I mean he looks so different. Or maybe I should ask what did they do to him in the final Parks season to make him look like the old Andy. The tan, the extremely blue eyes. Forget the muscles and the weight loss, it’s just that it almost looks like he had work done on his face.
Anyway, B+ I guess. Your eyes will roll a lot, but it was fun.June 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm #188270
Oscar Prediction: Jurassic World might be nominated for something along the lines of its special effects (GFX, VFX or sound), or perhaps production design or editing (the latter two a stretch), but it won’t win anything. I guarantee it won’t get anything for screenplay, director, or acting.
The JP franchise has a basic problem, and it’s a problem as big as its dinosaurs. The first, Spielberg’s adaptation of Crichton’s novel had a number of creative achievements, and justifiably earned a number of Academy nominations. Its plot became disappointingly formulaic with the first two sequels. The third sequel has, yet again, repeated the same plot formula. It’s completely threadbare now. Pull the Spielberg’s original JP screenplay out of the archives, dust it off, redo
the character detail window dressing, crank it out in time for Summer
Bockbuster season, and rake in the box office $$$$$ leveraging on the title’s name recognition. The collective studio, producer, and directorial strategy is creating sensory overload with special effects and sound effects at such a breakneck ADHD nonstop action pace that the audience cannot see the emperor has no clothes. What’s new that extends, expands or advances the original premise, or continues the story line with something creatively original? Nothing. Absolutely nothing!
All four of the JP films can be easily summarized:
Dinosaurs run amok on a remote island dramatically munching up people left and
right who deserve a horrific gruesome end for one karmic reason or another, all
because a clueless moron does something incredibly stupid for personal scientific glory or monetary greed, ignoring the consequences
patently obvious to even a casual observer that turns them loose. To heighten the tension and add to the terrifying supense, there are the kids who
need to be rescued, an estranged couple that need to reconcile with
each other, and an ending that lays out an obvious setting for yet another JP
movie. The JP franchise has joined the ranks of the Paranormal Activity, Final Destination, and Saw franchises with formulaic sequels. Compare these to the Star Wars, Godfather, most recent Batman (Dark Knight), Terminator, Spiderman, X-Men and Matrix franchises. Each sequel in the latter franchises significantly continues the story, or creatively advances the concept, or develops and grows the principal character(s), or provides a prequel back story.
It’s hard enough for a Summer Popcorn Action Blockbuster to attract Oscar nominations, and equally hard for a sequel. No matter how big the giga-bucks box office receipts are, a movie that lacks creative originality will not get any significant Oscar nominations. Those are all huge problems for the latest JP getting any Oscar attention. Look at some of the 2014 Best Picture crop: Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Boyhood, and Whiplash. Not all of them are my cup of tea, but they’re all creatively original in addition to being superbly executed.
See Jurassic World if you want. Check your brain at the door, buy a 5 gallon bucket of popcorn, let your senses get overloaded for a couple hours at an ADHD pace, and let your ears take another long-term damage hit. It’s much, much cheaper if you rent the orignal Jurassic Park, microwave a bag of popcorn, and watch it at home. You’d be watching the same movie and your ears will thank you for sparing them from yet another hearing loss assault. Jurassic World is about behemoth dinosaurs with pea-size brains, using gargantuan special effects and breakneck non-stop action, all with pea-size originality.
I’m very disappointed Jurassic World adds absolutely nothing to the frachise.
JohnJune 14, 2015 at 9:53 am #188271
Holy crap, y’all! ‘Jurassic World’ is the #1 movie this weekend (duh) with $204.5 mil at the box office, and that’s good enough for the biggest opening weekend of the year so far and the second biggest opening weekend of all time. Also, it made an astounding $511.8 mil worldwide this weekend which is the biggest WW debut weekend of all time. Looks like ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ have their first real challenger for biggest box office of 2015…at least until ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.