Alright so this is going to be a pretty quick review… The concept of JWE is pretty straightforward and is what hooked me immediately. Who wouldn’t want to play Zoo Tycoon but with dinosaurs? And from the start it is actually really fun. You are given little tasks to do in your park that once completed unlock new things and new islands to build more parks. You go on expeditions to be able to make more dinosaurs and genetically modify them. For a while its actually really cool… But then the cracks start to form and you realize that you get to a point rather quickly where there is nothing new to be done and its essentially just park maintenance. So, then you go on the free play island and mess about, maybe even make a free for all T-Rex Hunger Games arena like I did… But, again, that plays itself out rather quickly. So by the end of it all you have a game that you have done just about everything on in ten hours that you paid $60 for. So, I would highly recommend this game if you borrow it or get it cheap because its a very fun ten hours, but I would highly recommend against it if you gotta pay, like, more than twenty bucks.
Having a family and a new job with responsibilities doesn’t grant me a lot of free time to go to the theaters anymore. However, this was one of the few movies this year that I was so excited about that I went on opening day. Unfortunately though, for the most part it was a letdown and didn’t meet up to my expectations following the first (or fourth, whatever). The first Jurassic World movie is, in my personal opinion, phenomenal. It delivers on everything I wanted from a new Jurassic sequel, showing me a large and active park for the first time ever while remaining a visual spectacle. I expected the second one to be even larger and more grand, but was unfortunately let down shortly in to the movie… The movie starts out with Owen and Claire having to return to the island to save the dinosaurs from the volcano erupting. Much like in The Lost World, another company is also there to do the same thing (with a small twist), but with evil intentions. For the most part this portion of the movie is rather interesting, despite relying heavily on two completely disposable and annoying side characters. It doesn’t last long though as very early on in the movie they leave the island. Now, when I go into a sequel I expect it to be taken up a notch and be even larger in scale, this one went in the opposite direction in a very dramatic way. Not only did in downgrade from the whole island to a HOUSE, but the new “evil” dinosaur is smaller and less frightening. The rest of the movie after that point just seems to drag on. Sure, I will admit it was still beautiful to look at but almost every shot was picked up from a previous Jurassic movie into this one so much so that it was less a homage and more just laziness. To top it all off the ending plays at a cheap moral decision that we don’t really care about because this movie never takes the time to make us care about ANY of the people. Despite all of that I still remain hopeful for the third and final installment. This movie was clearly a filler movie and we were even told it is purely a filler movie to set up for the third. So, hopefully in the last we will actually get the larger scale we hoped for.
This trailer is undeniably awesome. Of course it is, there is no way they would have given us anything less than spectacular for the second Jurassic World movie (and fifth Jurassic Park). Unfortunately though, in order to make it awesome a lot was revealed that I wish wasn’t and I bet you anything that the scene where they run away from the volcano is one of the last scenes in the movie, put into this two minute trailer. Jeff Goldblum being in this and saying his famous line, “life finds a way”, is jaw dropping for sheer reminiscence alone. Would it have been better to hold off on Goldblum until the movie and REALLY blow us away? Absolutely. Either way, this trailer was fantastic, but sometimes that comes at a great expense of the movie-going experience.
PS. Kinda bummed that Owen and Claire already broke up, but I’ll bet you any money they get back together by the end of the film.
Chris Pratt is a acclaimed actor known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, and Parks and Recreation…Chris Pratt is now one of the most prominent actors, and rising action stars, but it wasn’t always like that. Pratt got his beginnings as a side character, often playing a big, dumb, sometimes funny guy. He was in the show Everwood, but his real breakthrough came from playing Andy Dwyer, a big, dumb, funny guy in Parks and Recreation. Pratt started this role as a guest star in the first season, but was so loved by everyone that he stayed on as a leading role for every prior season. Pratt always had dreams of being an action star, but was turned down for many roles such as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot. Finally, in 2014 after coming off of the fame of The Lego Movie, he became a perfect combination of action and comedy star as Peter Quill AKA Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. His career was skyrocketed at this point, later playing in Jurassic World and getting offers such as Indiana Jones… Pratt is personally one of my favorite actors. He is hilarious, but down to earth in a way that makes is silliness not feel forced. I am curious as to where Pratts career will go, he was able to break out of his big, goofy roles, but I am concerned he will continue to be typecast as the funny-tough-sarcastic guy now. He has a role coming in Passengers, playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence (who my next actor review is off) and I’m excited to see how he plays this!
22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, and 10 years after the opening of Jurassic world, visitation declines. To attract more people they create a new, bigger, better dinosaur, which backfires terribly… Before I get into my analytic review I feel like something must be stated… Holy shit! Now that you know my initial reaction, I can begin. Everything I have heard about this movie is that it is a monster movie, not a “Jurassic” movie. I completely disagree. Yes it may not be just like the first movie that made us all fall in love, but it does it justice. We didn’t want a shot for shot remake, we wanted the sequel we never got. This IS that sequel. For 22 long years people have been wanting to see the park open, now we have it! The main thing I associate with monster movies is the building up until we see the monster, this didn’t have that. From very early on you get to see this kick-ass dino they have created as well as all of our other favorites! They did have one build up that I feel was executed very well, the song! For the first 15 minutes or so you keep faintly hearing the well know “Jurassic Park” tones in the background until it finally plays full force, I got goosebumps. Chris Pratt, as always, killed it. This man is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite actors, and for damn good reason! Something that movies are known for is the 2-dimensional, non-emoting main character. Movies do this so that you can feel as if you are the main character, making you want to be them, and immersing you more in the film. Chris Pratt did exactly that WHILE having a character with a great story and emotions. While yes, 90% of this movie was made of CGI, I respect the fact that they did practical effects when they could. The many references to the original were great too. I personally loved this movie, and if you don’t think it does the series justice for some reason just remember their was a talking raptor in our last sequel, and this is at least a good movie in general.
The extended trailer for Jurassic World came out, and it is a mere 5 days until release! As many of you are, I am very excited for this movie! Many posters, teaser posters, trailers, and teaser trailers have been released for it. Being one of the most famous franchises and one of the most anticipated movies this year, I didn’t think I could get more excited. I was very wrong. The new trailer literally gave me goosebumps, and I watched it back to back. Chris Pratt is experiencing his big moment in the sun recently, and I truly hope it goes on for a while. I love the aspect of the relationship he has with the raptors, I love the scene with the pterodactyls, and so on. But, what I love most is just the fact that the park is open. Since the first movie, everybody has wanted to see Jurassic Park open! (No, I don’t give a shit it’s Jurassic world now, it’s just a name.) Now after waiting so long, we get to see what we have always wished the other two movies were… At least I hope. The one thing I don’t like is that these kids seem to be a very large part of the movie. I never really understood why kids needed to be in the Jurassic Park movies. We already fear for the characters lives, and we know that the movie won’t kill kids. It takes away from the suspense. Either way, I am definitely seeing it the day it comes out!