Friday, December 18, 2015

Very Old Wine

JURASSIC WORLD (2015)

Produced By: Universal, Legendary and others
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irfan Khan, and others
Pros: Good VFX
Cons: Old story, too long
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)

Yes, I gave Minions more than this one, because at least kids would enjoy that. Jurassic World tries very hard to be like its predecessor Jurassic Park movies, and its success at that leads to its undoing. To call this old wine in a new bottle would be insulting to good wine - this is very old wine and an old bottle. When you make an old movie for a new audience, you are asking for trouble. True, there was a vision to make the movie seem like a seamless transition from the past, but in terms of a story, there was virtually no movement at all!

Kids get into trouble with a big dinosaur. Adults save them. Adults make out. That is the summary of the whole movie, and has been the summary of the previous iterations as well. Yes, this one has good effects and certainly better editing than the other ones, but that's purely because of improvements in technology and not really any improvement in the story or direction. It makes no sense to watch this movie for over two hours when you pretty much know how it will end halfway through, because you can just watch the old ones on Netflix, and probably already have.

Overall, a big disappointment. I know it was the highest grossing film of the year, but that means nothing at all in terms of quality. Fifty Shades of Gray was also an NYT bestseller, after all. (OTFS)

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