JURASSIC WORLD – REVIEW

Review

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Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Director: Colin Treverrow
Running Time: 130mins
Cert: 12

It’s been a long time coming for this sequel and although it might not have been highly anticipated from the lack of success from its two predecessors, Jurassic World honestly lives up to the hype.

Set in the not too distant future, where John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur themed park is an amazing and clearly expensive reality; Jurassic World is a wonder to behold. Although the magnitude of the park was hinted at in the original film, this film has managed to realistic display what this park would be like. From the petting zoo with the baby triceratops’ and the Sea World type attraction with the mosasaur as well is the holographic interactive information boards, everything about this park is believable which for me, adds to the credibility of the film.

Overall, the movie is a run of the mill we-should-not-be-messing-with-nature-and-playing-God type scenario but even so, there are various elements that give it a little more edge. With the inclusion of the ever unpredictable velociraptors that can now seemingly be tamed as well as various species of dinosaur that were previously overlooked, Jurassic World sets you up for a thrill of a ride.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the thrills come from the resident hunk of the film, Chris i-am-now-going-to-be-in-every-film-for-the-next-few-years Pratt. He plays Owen, the bad ass Raptor Whisperer – yes, I’m serious – who has some kind of deep connection with the Raptors. Of course, he is the only one who anticipates that a genetically modified and enhanced species of dinosaur is going to be a bad idea. When this dino hybrid eventually escapes and wreaks havoc on the park and its guests, it’s up to the ever resourceful (Pratt) and the conveniently naïve Claire (Dallas Howard) to save the guests that include her young nephews!

Where the film really packs a punch is with the abilities of the hybrid dinosaur as well as the synchronisation and use of the velociraptors. I’m not sure about you, but there is something too cool about those chicken like monsters that make each of the Jurassic films. They’re smart and deadly and always make you think they can see right through you. The confrontations they have along with the hybrid dinosaur and the other animals provides some jump in your seat moments. Not because its scary or particularly gory but just because it’s exciting to watch such colossal beasts duke it out for the champions title!

Jurassic World is funny, exciting and although not much of an original plot, is held together with great effects and a small piece of nostalgia. Fans of the original film will be touched by references to the previous film and notice the homage that is paid to the late and great Sir Richard Attenborough. Even if you are not a fan of the original or just straight up haven’t seen it, Jurassic World provides laughs and adventure in the right places. Sure, the children in this acting are as dull as dishwater and they are still using the brontosauruses to pull your little heartstrings but all in all, it is a lot of fun.

Not too long, not too short and good balance between action and story, Jurassic World did not disappoint.

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THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY: PART 1 – REVIEW

Review

 

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Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Natalie Dormer, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks
Director: Francis Lawrence
Running Time: 123 mins
Cert: 12

Hey!

I attended the World Premiere of The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 1 and so am back  again with a lovely review! Now, in order to milk as much as they can out of the franchise, The Hunger Games crew has gone and done a Harry Potter/Twilight thing and split the last film/book into two parts but to be perfectly honest, they didn’t need to. I would’ve preferred a longer film to just get it over and done with!

Now, saying that, I don’t by any means mean that the film is bad. On the contrary actually, this is the best one so far. We finally get to see some military get up and explosions and for me anyway, get to see how far the oppression of the Capitol reaches. Up until now, there was no real visual of this oppression other than the games. We get a glimpse into the lengths that President Snow will go to in order to keep the Districts to heel and this is definitely interesting to watch. There is real scope with this film as we see the extent of District 13 and the military equipment that it has been cataloguing since the last war as well as expanse of the Capitol. There are a few WOW moments and all in all, it’s a good ride filled with guns and warships and covert military operations. Why and how Gale (Liam Hemsworth) bis qualified to take part in these is a mystery to me so anyone who knows, please fill me in. As far as i was aware, he was a poor boy from District 12 with no military training whatsoever!

Moving on from the action and to the acting, although she is the Chosen One/Golden Child/Mockingjay whatever! I’m not a fan of Catniss in this film. Where she was spunky, courageous and confident previously, she suddenly becomes snivelling and moody and quite frankly boring to watch. Everything is about Peeta all of a sudden when there are quite frankly more important things going on right now. Hello? Rebellion? Ring any bells?! She’s so caught up with saving Peeta that she seems to forget what is really important: bringing down the Capitol and saving Panem. I’m still confused as to whether she loves Peeta or that this is because she fills she owes some debt to him?

Needless to say, this is all coming from an I-haven’t-read-the-books perspective so i would like to think that the film has done Catniss an injustice and not let her real personality shine through. Jennifer Lawrence is fine in the movie, but I don’t particularly like Catniss and her whining all the time. I got more enjoyment from Hamitch and the ever glamorous-even-in-the-face-of-death Effie!

Newcomers like President Coin and Cressida and old favourites like Caesar Flickerman are welcome distractions from the otherwise repetitive mantra from Catniss about saving Peeta. It’s not too long, the dialogue is engaging, Catniss does a cool thing with an arrow and gunship so all in all it was a decent night out.

Mockingjay Part 1 is a pretty decent film and although it redeemed my thoughts of the previous two, it didn’t particularly set my soul on fire either. For die-hard fans it will be the crack they need to tie them over until Part 2 but it is just another money-maker rather than a real epic dystopian fiction film.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 1 is out in all cinemas November 20