Jurassic World – Chris Pratt and His Dinosaur Family!

Hello everybody! For this week’s Newish Movie Show we have the major blockbuster hit Jurassic World.

JURASSIC WORLD

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DIRECTED: Colin Treverrow

STARRING: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, Irrfan Khan

GENRE: Science Fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States
150608103918-jurassic-world-training-780x43922 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, the new park (also known as Jurassic World) is open for business. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. When everything goes horribly wrong, will our heroes make it off the island?

So what is our take on Jurassic World you didn’t ask? Jurassic World certainly gives the task a swimming good try to be the followup/reboot that Jurassic Park needed. I actually enjoyed many of the performances from the main cast, but I would not have picked Chris Pratt for the leading role. The ending is actually quite sincere and happy-go-lucky, which adds to the more upbeat tone of the film. Did I mention the CGI? By far the best part of the entire film, as the dinosaurs look absolutely phenomenal. At least they got that right.JURASSIC-WORLD-15-1940x1042

Don’t worry guys, this is definitely not the last Jurassic Park review you will be seeing here at Media in Review. Well unfortunately I was not a fan, as the film in its entirety was spoiled for me by a friend who saw the film on opening night. I did finally get around to seeing it, and it definitely didn’t blow me away. The plot was meh at best, as it was trying way to hard to be Spielberg’s Jurassic Park instead. I mean sure, in prep it could have been a decent idea, but in execution, I believe they missed the mark. Not by much, but it was definitely missed. I would have been much more satisfied with an entirely new film marking the reboot of the series.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Sincere ending.
  • Light tone.
  • Amazing CGI.

CONS:

  • Disappointing plot.
  • Too much homage to Jurassic Park.
  • Missed the mark.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s Other Superhero Team

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

STARRING: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro

DIRECTOR: James Gunn

GENRE: Superhero

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

After discovering a mysterious orb in another part of the galaxy, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by a genocidal maniac Ronan The Accuser. Being hunted across the galaxy Quill gets lumped together with a group of misfits that need to learn how to get along before they can become the “Guardians of the Galaxy”. This team includes, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer.

The story focuses on the five main characters, and the way in which these radically different beings form a bond. Each character – Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) and Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) – is given just enough back story and setup that they have specific personality goals to achieve over the course of the film. Rocket Raccoon has an inferiority complex, Gamora has daddy issues, Star Lord has mommy issues. Even though they’re comic book badasses, everyone is flawed and vulnerable in some way. Those character pay-offs, in tandem with the story pay-offs, give the film numerous chill-inducing moments.

What holds Guardians of the Galaxy together is its humanity. Sure there’s lots of action and humor but it’s the quiet moments, the pauses, the knowing glances, that make the experience feel so wonderful. That humanity (or whatever passes for humanity when talking about Rocket and Groot) grounds an otherwise fantastic movie as something we can all relate to.

It rides the line of its PG-13 rating content wise but never demands much of the audience. There’s very little subtext or subtlety. Very few beats aren’t laid out to easily digest, save for some of those quiet pauses. Not that a movie like this needs them, but with such a diverse cast of characters and locations a hint of deeper meaning would have enhanced the story.

The film  feels way too busy for its good, crowded with more characters than is possible to keep up with. Solid actors like Benicio del Toro, Glenn Close, and John C Reilly barely get any screen time, while an important character like Thanos is introduced but never adequately employed. It’s evident also that the makers couldn’t decide on one definitive conclusion; the film has multiple endings. Yet these are minor issues in a film that is mostly enjoyable, and one that gives us such a charming set of heroes.

PROS:

  • Story.
  • Characters.
  • Main cast performances.
  • Set design.

CONS:

  • PG-13 rating.
  • Too many characters.
  • Interesting side characters not enough screen time.

SCORE: 8.9 / 10

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The Lego Movie: Assembling in 2014

Hello everybody! Today we have the recently released The Lego Movie

THE LEGO MOVIE

DIRECTOR: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

STARRING:  Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

GENRE: Computer-Animated Adventure Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, Australia

An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. We follow Emmit (Pratt) as he fulfills a legendary prophecy told by Vitruvius (Freeman) which tells of an unknown hero who will foil the plans of Lord Business (Ferrell) with the “Brick of Resistance”.

The Lego Movie is a film that, once I watched the trailer I knew I wanted to see it. Legos consumed my childhood, I was always building different things than what was written in the instructions. Who follows the instructions on these things? Anyway, i found the animation of this film remarkable. The animators found a perfect blend of cgi and the use of Legos. When they show water or liquid, they show it in the form of Legos. Is there an explosion or fire? They show it in Legos. Also, the voice acting is amazing. The ensemble cast really pulled out all of the stops for The Lego Movie.

I have to say that The Lego Movie is definitely not a film for my demographic (18 – 25). While I did enjoy it, it took me a long time before I was actually interested and entertained by the film. I was bored of the plot for the first 30-ish minutes, but I was able to stare at the beautiful animation. I didn’t like Will Ferrell as the villain, I didn’t recognize his voice until the end of the film (once he appeared on screen for the live-action part of the film). His evil plot of world domination was pretty lame too, but I am not going to ruin that for you.

PROS:

  • Majority of voice cast, amazing performances.
  • Beautiful animation.
  • Cameos galore.
  • Ensemble cast.

CONS:

  • Limited Demographics.
  • Will Ferrell as villain?
  • Boring plot.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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