Monday, June 15, 2015

Overpriced, overly salty popcorn

Over the weekend I saw Jurassic World. The first film in the franchise, Jurassic Park (1993), was groundbreaking for its time. It pushed the envelope in the use of visual effects. Since then movie audiences have been bombarded with CG heavy blockbusters.

The sense of wonder that permeated Jurassic Park is missing here, even though the visual effects are definitely more impressive and fluid. Bryce Dallas-Howard's character, Claire, a park manager, isn't as fully fleshed out as Laura Dern's Dr. Ellie Sattler, while Owen (Chris Pratt) once again plays a variation on the likeable rogue persona he honed in Guardians of the Galaxy. The rest of the supporting cast acquit themselves well.

I wasn't disappointed by this film, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it either. The action sequences are punctuated by a genuine feeling of suspense, and moments of humour as well. I also liked the nostalgic Easter eggs. It doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is; a crowd pleaser.,manual

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