Monday, June 15, 2015
So, i’ve seen Jurassic World and here is what i think about it. But first, please note that the movie did worldwide in five days $500M! Yes: Five hundred million, and it already broke quite a lot of records as you’ll see on Box Office Mojo. Now, about the movie itself. To quote someone whom i don’t remember the name « when the popcorn is better than the movie, you know you have a problem ». So, if you’re looking for a movie which looks like a ride and include amazing CGI dinosaurs then you’ll get it - and on this point Industrial Light and Magic wizards did a stunning job, really. The final scene - i don’t tell you what happen - is an absolute perfection in terms of CGI effects and the scene alone justify to watch the movie. Like almost all the dinos scenes, there is nothing bad to say about them. You’ll probably also like the « park » sequences as they give the feeling of what a real Jurassic Park could be, though i would have like more of these scenes.
But the main problem is that Colin Trevorrow, the director, is not Steven Spielberg and even in the action scenes you realize what a God of action scenes Spielberg really is because, here, you’re not really terrified. « Something » which makes the genius of a director is missing. It’s perfectly storyboarded, for sure, but the acting is terrible, very very bad. One thing is sure, Colin Trevorrow is not gifted for directing actors. When the characters you feel the most sympathy for are the dinosaurs rather than the humans, you realize there is a real problem of characters development. The casting itself was not done properly. Actors play their role okay, but really just okay. Chris Pratt is probably the best because he has the most interesting role, the others characters are living in a corporate logic and there is nothing less interesting than corporate guys. Pratt plays his character with its « Indy » style but after seeing Jurassic World i’m not even sure anymore he would be the best choice to play Indiana Jones in the new Indy movies. I think he’s still too « fresh », humanly speaking. He's still miss something which comes from the inside, with age and life experience.
And although there are some few "wow" moments, the film fails to give us a single awe-filled moment like we had in the original Jurassic Park. Here, awe has been replaced by gigantism and cruelty, or, as a critic put it in his Jurassic World review "If you enjoy a dinosaur making a meal out of men in 3D ad infinitum ad nauseam, be my guest". In two words, where Spielberg's original Jurassic Park had some meaning, Jurassic World is « empty » and it’s hard to don’t feel it. So, if you’re looking for a ride-popcorn-movie, Jurassic world should make it, but if you’re looking for a really good movie, you certainly won’t find it with Jurassic World.
And what's next after this Jurassic World movie ( see review below ) you may ask? Well, if you've watched the movie you know already that they've left an "open door" for a future sequel, and considering the huge hit that the movie is it's a no-brainer to understand that there will be a sequel. Two of the actors of Jurassic World - Chris Pratt and Ty Simpkings - the younger of the two boys - are already signed on for future films. But let's have a bit more infos with what they say on Wikipedia about future sequels:
"During early conversations on Jurassic World, Spielberg told Trevorrow that he was interested in having several more films made. In April 2014, Trevorrow announced that sequels had been discussed: "We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story." Trevorrow hinted that Pratt and Sy could reprise their roles for the next film, and said he would direct the film if asked.
Trevorrow later told Spielberg that he would only focus on directing one film in the series. In May 2015, Trevorrow announced that he would not direct another film in the series: "I would be involved in some way, but not as director." Trevorrow felt that different directors could bring different qualities to future films.
In June 2015, Trevorrow stated that Jurassic World left story possibilities open for the sequel's director that could potentially allow the film to take place in a different location, rather than on an island. Trevorrow hinted that the next film could involve dinosaurs being used by other companies for non-entertainment purposes, possibly in agriculture, medicine, and war: "I really like the idea that this group of geneticists aren't the only people who can make a dinosaur [...] when you think of the differences between Apple and PC – the minute something goes open-source, there are all kinds of entities and interests that may be able to utilise that technology."
Later that month, Trevorrow said the series is "not always gonna be about a Jurassic Park," saying he felt that future films could explore the idea of dinosaurs and humans co-existing together. That same month, Trevorrow also hinted that the next film may not involve the Jurassic World theme park. "
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