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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Review

A BRAVE “DINOSAUR” NEW WORLD


 

In 2015, Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, was released, bringing with it all the pomp, thrills, chills, and dinosaur adventure back to the big screen since 2001. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film, which started Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and others, saw the return to Isla Nublar and the now fully realized dinosaur amusement theme park that has flourished and become a thriving business. However, when a genetically engineered hybrid dinosaur escapes from its captivity, it sends the island into a frenzy, causing mayhem to both humans and dinosaurs alike as main characters Owen Grady and Claire Dearing must hatch a plan to stop this menacing dinosaur. While some moviegoers and critics had a few issues with the film, Jurassic World received a lot of positive praise and was better received that the previous two sequel installment in the Jurassic franchise. Furthermore, the film went onto become a huge success during the summer of 2015, generating over $1.6 billion (worldwide) at the box office. The film now stands as second highest grossing of 2015, the highest grossing movie of the Jurassic franchise, and sits (currently) as the fifth highest grossing film of all time. Now, three years later, the story of Jurassic World continues as Universal Pictures and director J.A. Bayona release the film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Does the fifth installment in the franchise continue on the up and up after its 2015 predecessor or does this dinosaur sequel squander its success for a bloated and haphazard cinematic adventure? Read more

Pete’s Dragon (2016) Review

A BOY AND HIS DRAGON


 

Ever since the live-action / CG hybrid in 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney has been churning out live-action remakes of some of their classic features from yesteryear. From the Sleeping Beauty twist of “another side, another story” in Maleficent, to the whimsical classic retelling of Cinderella, to the deeper tone of The Jungle Book, each of these movies imbues the beloved story with n live-action facelift of practical / visual effects, while also still retaining the core essence of the tale, whether by Disney’s brand or its longtime tradition as a narrative. Now, reaching deep into its vaults within its illustrious catalogue of movies, Disney and director David Lowery bring another reimaging of a classic to the big screen in the film Pete’s Dragon. Does this movie take flight with nostalgia and wonderment or is it a fanciful remake flop? Read more

Jurassic World Review

THE PARK IS OPEN

(AND THAT’S A GOOD THING)


Welcome…to Jurassic Park” is the famous line uttered by Richard Attenbourgh’s character John Hammond from Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure movie Jurassic Park. Released in 1993, this movie, which was based upon the book by Michael Crichton, was highly regarded for its cinematic technical achievements in both practical and visual effects, bringing to life dozens of prehistoric dinosaurs to the big screen in ways that other movies only dream of. Jurassic Park went on to become a classic blockbuster film, hauling in (including several re-releases) over 1 billion dollars at the box office and sits currently at #17 in the highest grossing films of all time. Its identity became famous as well, producing a marketing frenzy of products (toys, games, etc) including two sequel movie spinoffs with 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park and 2001’s Jurassic Park III. Now, after a lengthy gap, Universal Pictures, Steven Spielberg (as executive producer), and director Colin Trevorrow return to the world that began back in 1993 with the fourth film in the franchise titled Jurassic World. Does this long overdue sequel resonate with nostalgia from its illustrious past or should this up-to-date summer blockbuster go extinct like the dinosaurs?

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