Rapid Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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“Nothing in Jurassic World is natural, we have always filled gaps in the genome with the DNA of other animals. And if the genetic code was pure, many of them would look quite different. But you didn’t ask for reality, you asked for more teeth.”
– Henry Wu

SYNOPSIS: Jurassic World has been running with great success for more than a decade in the wake of the disaster that haunted the island 22 years ago. The park’s geneticists have once again broken scientific and ethical boundaries in order to raise attendance for the park, now experiencing a decline in happy customers. Convinced that the new attraction will bring in many more people, but having crossed the line once again, the results may be devastating. – via IMDB

Owen being all badass:

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This scene made me crack up immensely, even though it was adorable (I mean just look at that cuddle hug):

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Could she find it in herself to please be more enthusiastic next time?!

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GRADE 7.5Well, I had a reasonable amount of fun with this movie – flawed as it is and all. I missed it in theatre, and even when watching it now I don’t feel that I missed out or anything like that. Chris Pratt was, again, in fine form and really good in his role, it seems he is finding a niche for himself and that is really cool because he is very entertaining to watch. He was so badass here and I thoroughly enjoyed his cahracter. I thought the Indominus Rex was a bit of a let down, I expected something insane, and that is all that we got. I liked seeing Nick Robinson again, though he will forever be the kid that called the cops on his dad over a Monopoly game to me. The supporting cast was, overall, very good, and they all delivered quite well, even in limited roles. Bryce Dallas Howard managed to not grate on my last nerve in this, though someone really needs to speak to her makeup artist – that blush/contouring made her look like she had been punched in the beginning! Also, let’s speak about the heels. I know everyone from  here to Timbuktu has discussed it, but can someone please tell me what shoes those were?! I totally need a pair for my wedding – apparently comfortable enough to wear for at least twelve hours, are perfectly suited for running (not that one can’t run in heels, I just don’t think it would be comfortable long term), and don’t sink away in grass, mud, or any other soft surface. Now see, that’s not a deal breaker for me and I had quite a bit of fun with it overall (even though I know some people totally lost their minds about it) and I mean come on, Bryce Dallas Howard even went for training to ensure she could run in these heels for the duration of the movie! Anyway, the movie is quite fun for popcorn entertainment, and as long as you don’t take it too seriously you should be alright (like really, some of the things that happened in there will make you cringe). When we got to the final “boss” fight – it was totally predictable. My other half had been waiting for that T-Rex pretty much from the off, but SPOILER: WTF was up with the whole epic fight going down, Raptor and T-Rex up against this hybrid, whoop, and then all of a sudden -BAM!- and it gets scarfed by the Mosasaurus. What the hell was up with that?! We were having fun! Not to mention that the T-Rex and the Raptor have their moment of understanding before parting ways. Wut?! The score was good, and I thoroughly enjoyed the throwbacks and Easter eggs that could be found throughout the movie. Something that I didn’t like was the whole military spin. Not saying it couldn’t have worked, it could have if they had just written it in better. Right now it just feels like this “ooooh, this could be cool” afterthought that was squashed in to contribute another aspect to potentially create a meatier story, which it ultimately failed at. The story, overall, was absolutely nothing new and there was never any serious suspense, either. There were too many flaws and holes: just think of what suddenly happened to all those dreaded flying dinos that just suddenly went MIA, for instance, or the worst helicopter gunner in history or why the Mosasaurus never chomped on any front row watchers at the shark bite show (even though I understand the I-Rex broke the fence that kept it in – really, that was the only defense?!), just to name a few. Jurassic World succeeds at being a fun, light, popcorn perfect film that’s great to watch with friends.

Rapid Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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“So here we are: a thief, two thugs, an assassin and a maniac. But we’re not going to stand by as evil wipes out the galaxy. I guess we’re stuck together, partners.”
– Peter Quill

SYNOPSIS: 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 the genocidal villain 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”. – via IMDB

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I definitely liked this far more than I thought I would. The soundtrack was great (which is how this was bumped up .5), the characters were entertaining, there was cheese, there were some seriously odd moments, there was plenty humour, and it was just a fun flick overall. I don’t think it is deserving of the hype surrounding it but I liked it more than anticipated, which is something. I went in expecting something like The Avengers, which, as you all know, was not my favourite movie or anything. I didn’t know too much about this, which I am sure counted in the film’s favour, so it was all new to me. I thought the cast was fantastic, each bringing their bit to the table and  having fun while doing it, which shows on screen. Rocket Raccoon really had me laughing at the best of times, especially with his penchant for prosthetics, as well as how he could laugh about it (that giggling!). Seriously. Chris Pratt does a very good job in the leading role, and I liked him. I thought the villain, Ronan, was absolutely freaking ridiculous and not creepy at all (and I was told he was pretty cool). He was not. He looked like a giant blue, muddy nun, and sounded silly. You know I like a good villain… The movie itself was decently paced, didn’t feel as long as it was, and it was shot quite well. The effects were pretty good, though here and there it was a little dodgy. Guardians of the Galaxy has a very different feel from all the other Marvel movies we have been getting over the last few years, and it worked wonders here, like a breath of fresh air. I still don’t quite understand why the world has gone ballistic over this, but it was fun and worth the watch, if nothing more than just to see this band of misfits together. I enjoyed the way the movie was presented, and the plot progression. I don’t actually have an awful lot to say about this one, so I will stop waffling on about it.

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