Jurassic World (2015)

Its taken me a LONG time to get back to the theatres.  I missed Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2 and Tomorrowland. But, I absolute was NOT going to miss out on Jurassic World because it just looks fantastic.  I love dinosaurs and Jurassic Park is an awesome movie that just transcends time.  I can enjoy the trilogy well enough but Chris Pratt has been a promising actor and the dinosaurs in the trailer looks fantastic so this one is just a must-see on my list for summer blockbusters. I’m hoping it’ll meet my expectations. I don’t expect for it to rise above Jurassic Park but I do hope it will be a great popcorn flick/summer blockbuster.

By the way, do you guys have TimePlay? I finally got 1st for this time! Yay! 🙂

Let’s check it out!!

Jurassic World (2015)

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Director: Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ interest, which backfires horribly. – IMDB

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 Jurassic World is an immersive summer blockbuster experience full of entertaining and intense sequences.  The story itself isn’t very unique and can sometimes be predictable in how the plot flows however, it can be overseen by the quality of the visuals and just the environment this fictional revival of Isla Nublar has brought.   What I truly enjoyed was that the story was paced perfectly to generally understand our characters and their nature and motives along with the management and essence of what Jurassic World is based on. The structure will seem very similar to the first Jurassic Park but just on a bigger, badder and meaner scale especially with the introduction of the giant sea dinosaur (that I can’t remember the name of) and the whole genetically modified mysterious one named Indominus Rex (I think that’s how you spell it).  Still, Jurassic World is a fun world.  When the movie entered into the park, I felt like the first time I was watching Jurassic Park.  Just feeling mesmerized and completely in awe with where this is, even if you know things are going to go bad really quick.

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How I see Jurassic World is a bit like a two part thing.  On one hand, the first part is pretty much showing us around Jurassic World and whats happening in front and behind the scenes on both fronts.  There are some mysteries and then some more tense moments, some exciting and fun ones depending on whether we’re looking at the grown-ups and their dinosaur “training” and the facilities or whether its the kids here, Zach and Gray as they explore the park.  The second half is pure intense. Once the our feature dinosaur is loose and its a salvage/protect/escape plot, its full one hold your breath exciting, entertaining, immersive fun summer blockbuster.  Its been a while I haven’t felt so into a movie.  One of the parts actually made me yelp out loud because I was so nervous, totally knowing that the character would be safe but buying into that situation completely.  Thats what a movie needs to do for me, especially a summer blockbuster.  Its really as simple as that.  I didn’t expect it to be perfect and I’m sure the majority of us would not expect that it would rise above the original because Jurassic Park holds a place in our hearts (if you’re a fan) but this one was one fun ride.  Plus, they gave it a few jokes/witty remarks here and there to help ease the intensity here and there and it works really well with the story.

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 I’ve raved on about the movie for pretty much two paragraphs but I think one of the most impressive parts is realizing how Chris Pratt has grown as an actor.  He has found a sort of movie that works for him: action-adventure definitely works because he can pull off the action and he can pull off the witty remarks to create a balance.  His character in this one was great and I enjoyed a good bunch of it.  The charisma the brings to the screen (something I never thought I’d say) is just fantastic.

Aside from him, I always get a little worried when I see kids in these sorts of movies.  Why? Because kids make dumb decisions or they are incredibly annoying and whiny.  These kids are actually pretty decent and smart.  While the older brother Zach doesn’t seem really into this thing and he doesn’t care much in the beginning, the bond between him and his younger brother is an angle of character development that I liked.  That always helps 🙂

While I’m talking about characters, I really liked the supporting characters here from Jake Johnson to Vincent D’Onofrio and Omar Sy.  I’m only naming a few roles that I felt did well.

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Overall, Jurassic World is a fantastic summer blockbuster. Sure, it has a few predictable plot flaws but the story itself is paced really well.  Two hours in that theatre doesn’t feel that way because there is constant action and adventure.  The dinosaurs and the Jurassic World park itself is mesmerizing and visually appealing.  Its not going to rise above Jurassic Park, just as I expected, but it doesn’t need to.  However, what it does deserve is a round of applause for working hard to incorporate and remain respectful to Jurassic Park from memorable scenes to some of the gear from the old park.  With a compelling leads to complement everything, Jurassic World is definitely a summer blockbuster you should try to catch in theatres! 🙂

Have you seen Jurassic World? Are you a fan of the Jurassic Park franchise? What do you think of Chris Pratt as an actor?

21 Jump Street (2012)

I feel like Channing Tatum is taking over my movie collection. Another one and its 21 Jump Street. I saw this about a week ago and I haven’t really been able to pinpoint how I feel about it.

21 jump street posterDirector: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube,  Brie Tracey, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ellie Kemper, Jake Johnson

Back in high school, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) couldn’t be more different. However,  due to their own reasons they both ended up missing senior prom. Years later, they meet again in police academy and eventually become good friends and partners. When they get chosen to be part of the secret mission team, 21 Jump Street lead by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) for their young physical appearances, they have to investigate disguised as brothers in high school. Much to their surprise, the high scene has changed a lot from how they remembered it and they each need to overcome their own problems to figure out who leads the drug ring in the high school and how to arrest them to prevent it from spreading out to other schools.

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The best part about this movie was the bromance. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill make for a great cop duo. Their interaction made it so funny. I’m not one to fully appreciate certain forms of humor in movies normally but this one had a few funny moments that got me.  Before this movie and just 2012 in general, I always felt that Channing Tatum had this very blank look in this face which works for the roles that he was casted in.  Some thing resembling the army/military background with some parts of him being unable to allow him to emote thoroughly. It worked alright with that character but this one, I felt like he burst out of his shell.  Of course, after that, he did Magic Mike which was totally different also.

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I’m not too familiar with Jonah Hill and looking at his filmography, he’s actually voiced some parts for some pretty good animated flicks.  I wasn’t particularly pleased with his humor here by himself.  As a team with Channing Tatum, he was a lot more appealing especially when they fought like children.  The best had to be Ellie Kemper who played Ms. Griggs.  She was hilarious! I really loved Ice Cube doing Captain Dickson also.  They were the highlights of this movie.  One more mention goes out to Jake Johnson in the role of the principal of the school.  All very good supporting cast to make it even more comedic 🙂

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This is pretty much an action comedy.  To me, there wasn’t a whole lot of action but the comedy was decent so its average.  It won’t be a waste of time to watch this, mostly because there are parts that prove to be surprisingly quite fun 🙂 The bromance is outstanding and you’ll have fun watching some of the on screeen chemistry go on.  It has some awkward humor here and there but it all works to its favor!

Comedy is appealing or not depending on who watches it so there really is not recommendation or not.  The best way to know is to just watch the trailer and see if that sort of thing appeals to you.  If it does, then go for it.  Its pretty enjoyable 🙂

Did you enjoy 21 Jump Street? What do you think of Channing Tatum and/or Jonah Hill?