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: The Kings of Summer (2013)

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“You’re right, it’s a classic kidnapping. They took our children and the canned goods and pasta.”
– Frank

SYNOPSIS: Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7I kept reading good things about this movie, and a lot of people called it a hidden gem film. Eventually I decided to get around to it over the holidays, and I found that I quite liked it. There was nothing new about the coming-of-age story that it told, though it was still heartwarming and surprisingly hilarious at times. I had a really great laugh at the botched Monopoly game ending in a police visit – seriously, that is taking Monopoly to the extreme! I thought the cast was very good and they were all well worth watching. Nick Robinson’s Joe was sweet and depressed and strange, with a bizarre outlook on life and a mustache that really needed to be sorted out, and shared fantastic chemistry with Gabriel Basso’s Patrick, a character I somewhat pitied. Imagine having such overbearing parents! I can totally understand the desperation to get away. Moises Arias’s Biaggio cracked me up. It was just so funny to watch him, he was beyond weird. His aversion to authority was hysterical. Nick Offerman was such an unlikeable being as Frank, and you can totally grasp Joe’s frustration with his father. This was a great flick to watch for those boys-will-be-boys moment, and has you thinking of back when you were younger and the crazy and ridiculous shenanigans you would get up to. I mean, I grew up in a farm in South Africa (back when it was safe) and I lived on some stunning islands when I was younger, too, and no matter what, I would find myself exploring daily, building “homes”, being an awesome Indiana Jones adventurer, it was so much fun. There was no such thing as a dull moment or this bizarre notion of watching TV when I was growing up. Watching this got me all nostalgic. I really liked the flow of the movie, it just sort of breezes along, and you feel that you are a part of this adventure the boys are undertaking, or like it is a summer remembered by friends, how it all came together. It’s a nice feeling. The Kings of Summer was charming and sweet and carried by solid performances from the three leads, and is certainly worth looking into.