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Jurassic World – A Review

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Jurassic World pays a lot of homages to Jurassic Park. So let’s get that out of the way! This movie wastes no time going over other subplots but takes you directly to the Park (or is it the World now?!)

You have all watched the trailers, and you all know that this kid and his brother go on a trip to Jurassic World, and turns out that they are both nephews of Claire Dennings (Bryce Dallas Howard), the Park Operations Manager. This movie takes place on Isla Nublar where Jurassic Park was staged. The old park also makes a fleeting appearance in this movie. Irrfan (Simon Masrani) is one of the richest men on the Earth and he practically owns InGen, and he is the one who still has the dream of John Hammond alive in his eyes. Well, we are greeted with lots of (Samsung) displays in (ahem…!) the ‘Samsung Innovation Centre’, and when the camera zooms in on a kid brushing dust out of dinosaur bones, God, I miss Sam Neill & Laura Dern! Mercedes has become synonymous with this franchise and no surprises there. All the 4 wheelers in the Park are Mercs. Chris Pratt likes Coca Cola, but probably you do too! So, yeah, lots of product placements, but none too awkward(I still try putting that Oracle branding in a media truck in Iron Man 3).

Soon, we are greeted by a few people in suits and, no, while they are not lawyers, they are the PR team from Verizon who want to sponsor an animal, and (drumroll!!!) we are greeted to the Indominus Rex. People who are on Verizon, be warned, not the least due to the fact that the Park has bad reception!

Anyways, with that out of the way, we are introduced to Star Lord (oops), I meant Chris Pratt, who is sort of the ringmaster for raptors, and then hell (or should I say Indominus Rex) breaks loose.

The movie is a fun ride but I need to make a few observations. Kids nowadays get scared easily compared to those from ’93. I mean, yeah, they are acting, but Jurassic Park had much more thrills and suspense than this one. We are reminded this is a sequel, sometimes when they turn up the original Jurassic Park theme, sometimes by familiar faces like Henry Wu.

Last time, Dennis Nedry (the computer guy), had a nefarious agenda. This time also, there is a subplot, which opens the storyline to possible sequels, but does not really go anywhere in this movie.

It is a lot to demand of a movie when you put it alongside a movie that you grew up loving, but Jurassic World tries, and partly succeeds, in holding its own.

The kids at the plex enjoyed the movie, and I dare say I would too, if I hadn’t watched Jurassic Park first. And yeah, if any of the people who worked on this movie are reading this, I do prefer the T. Rex to the Indominus. The T. Rex still rules!

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Mad Max : Fury Road – Review

“Grim never looked so good!”

Mad Max Fury Road

Fury Road brings jaw-dropping dystopian landscapes, and you gotta hand it to the people who dreamed them up. The first storm sequence of the movie which Furiosa enters on the large gasoline truck is just WOW! This movie is about a very grim future, but boy does it look great! Hope hasn’t looked so good, and despair so sickening. Theron’s Furiosa is a driven individual with hope, hope for a home where she was born, the land of the Mothers. She is one of the prize breeders of Immortan Joe. In fact, all women have been reduced to just that in this world. Furiosa escapes with the rest of Joe’s prize breeders, and we get this chase of a movie. I personally favour movies with CGI that blends with the environment so much so that it doesn’t look like CGI anymore, and Mad Max Fury Road achieves that, and I love it.

“Hope hasn’t looked so good, and despair so sickening”

George Miller is a visionary. Good performances all around also help. Hugh Keays-Byrne’s Immortan Joe is adequate and played with appropriate fury! Theron’s Furiosa drives the movie, and the parts that she doesn’t, Tom Hardy’s Max and Nicholas Hoult’s Nux take up the job. Overall, a great movie, definitely worth a watch.

Tomorrowland 2015 movie Review

Tomorrowland

This is one of those movies which will put a smile on your face within 5 minutes of the beginning, and it will make you think about it long after it ends. Tomorrowland is an exhibit of a world without politics, red tape…bureaucracy. It is a land where anything is possible, and it looks amazing. Britt Robertson in the lead is quite good, but Raffey Cassidy as Athena steals the show, shining even in scenes with veteran Clooney. This kid is a star! The sequences of Casey catching glimpses of Tomorrowland when she touches the pin are brilliantly executed and they are awesome(my 2nd fav place right now after Hogwarts (: )! But it is a letdown that there isn’t much more of that later. The movie falls abruptly into storytelling mode after that and keeps explaining stuff till the end! I mean, yeah, tachyons are pretty nifty things, but we fell in love with Tomorrowland because of the gleaming skyscrapers, gravity-defying trains, jetpacks, and I really did miss that in the second half. Well, I do hope there’s a sequel to this, and we get to see much more of the future, because anything is possible!!!

Interstellar – Nolan Reaching for the Stars

InterstellarHumanity is on the verge of extinction and we have to look at the stars to secure our future. There are severe dust storms on a regular basis on Earth and we will suffocate, if we do not starve first.  McConaughey is recruited to pilot a spacecraft after some mysterious incidents lead him to NASA. A wormhole has appeared beside Saturn 48 years back and they must now venture through it in search of new worlds.

Nolan loves his toys. He toys around with the idea of relativity just as he did in his earlier movie, Interstellar. That said, Interstellar is perhaps his best work yet. There are flaws, but in the end, you will choose to just ignore them. This is sheer brilliance, the way Nolan and his team go about imagining new worlds. One issue that I always have with science fiction features is that they are not believable. I would love to watch such a movie that blends the vfx with the real in such a way that the brain can process it as rational. District 9 achieved that, and, needless to say, Interstellar passes the test with flying colors.
There’s not a single member in the cast who underperforms in the entirety of the almost 3 hour long movie. Interstellar in itself is a feast to eyes sore from watching unnecessary, foolishly-made sci-fi.

About the cast, Matthew Mcconaughey goes heavy on his accent now made famous with his outing in True Detective, but he really shines as the one taking the movie forward and giving meaning to several disjointed scenes. Mackenzie Foy as the young Murphy shines as the loving daughter who doesn’t care about anything and just wants her father by her side. Jessica Chastain as the grown-up Murphy is also very good and shines wherever she is placed. Michael Caine is wasted as he doesn’t get any definitive scenes and may, at times, seem repetitive saying the same poem again and again. Anne Hathaway is good as a supporting actor. She cries her way through the film. There’s one thing about her character that I disliked but more on that later. TARS as the robot accompanying them on their world-saving mission is lovable.

The movie slows down to a crawl in the middle and we hear Anne Hathaway lecture us on love and its infinite possibilities for a few minutes. That was really unexpected!

For the rest, however, you need to watch this movie, and trust me, you will not regret it!