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The ‘Jurassic’ Franchise Has Become A Fallen Kingdom

Yesterday I went to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hoping that the alarming Rotten Tomatoes score (a rotten 51%) wasn’t completely accurate and that I would end up actually liking the film. Wrong! This movie is clearly the worst film of the year I’ve seen so far and for so many reasons. So, I’m about to relay to you every reason why this movie was so lackluster in quality and there will be plenty of MAJOR SPOILERS so I advise you to discontinue reading this now if you don’t want to know any of the details of this film. Thank you for heeding this warning and I hope you enjoy. Let me tell you about this movie.

The Story

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I’ve just recently watched Ant-Man and the Wasp and the reason why that movie was so incredibly enjoyable was because of its simplicity. The same cannot, unfortunately, be said for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Unlike most Jurassic films which are essentially part horror/action films this movie was focused heavily on dialogue to spur forth the movie’s story. For some movies that works but for a franchise that is designed heavily on enjoyment via dinosaur chomping this was not a great change of pace.

For twenty to thirty minutes the movie sets up this plotline that the dinosaurs are about to become extinct (um, yay) and that there are those that want to make sure these prehistoric animals survive. That’s when Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who happens to run a dinosaur protection agency gets contacted by the Lockwood Estate (one-time friends of the pioneer, John Hammond who created Jurassic Park) to participate in an expedition to save the remaining dinosaurs before they are wiped out by a volcano. One of the dinosaurs the Lockwoods want is Blue, the velociraptor that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) trained and so she goes to recruit him for the rescue mission.

Owen, however, was one of the few people in the movie (besides Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm) to have a head on straight when it came to the annihilation of the dinosaurs. He knew they were about to go extinct but why should he care? He almost got eaten a numerous amount of times when things in Jurassic World went awry. Why on Earth would he want to go back to the same place that nearly killed him time and time again to save these man-eating monsters? But of course, because you can’t have Jurassic World without Chris Pratt in it, he decides to help his ex-girlfriend, Claire go save the dinosaurs and that’s when the movie basically starts.

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Is ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Going To Be A Major Success or an Unfortunate Flop?

The first time I was ever introduced to the Jurassic franchise was in the Spring of 2013. They had brought Jurassic Park back to the movie theaters in IMAX and my Daddy took me and my sister to see it. I had never seen Jurassic Park before then. I only knew that it was a famous movie about dinosaurs so I had no clue the ride I was in for. I walked out of that movie theater positively horrified and exhilarated at how incredible that film was. The dinosaurs looked real despite the fact that it was a 90s’ film. The music, composed by John Williams, was incredible. And my overall experience was just, in a word, fantastic.

Since watching Jurassic Park I have become a legitimate fan of the franchise. I’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park which I really enjoyed and I’ve seen Jurassic World and now, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a new installment for the franchise is close to roaring into theaters and I’m legitimately excited for it. But the question is, will Jurassic World be a fantastic movie or will it be a disappointment like its predecessor was? Well, that’s what I’m here to talk about and I hope you enjoy.

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The Evolution of Star-Lord

Star-Lord is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy and for the most part, he’s pretty cool. He’s funny, he’s heroic when he needs to be, and he has partaken quite the journey through his two films. I am beyond excited to see him interacting with the other Avengers in Infinity War and I can’t wait to see this movie! So, let’s look at his evolution through the two movies he’s appeared in so far.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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When we first meet Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy he was galactic scum. He was a thief, a liar, a cheat, a womanizer, a criminal, and he just overall wasn’t a great guy. But as the movie continued on he eventually realized that maybe he was something more than just a Ravager. Ravagers are heartless criminals in the galaxy but Peter Quill wasn’t exactly that.

When Gamora nearly died he risked his life and his freedom to save her. When the world, Xandar, was in imminent danger of being wiped out by Ronan the Accuser did he run to the other side of the galaxy and hide like a coward? No. He decided to fight against the odds and try to save the Xandarians. He sounds like quite the hero if you ask me.

And the fact that he wasn’t afraid to grab the Power Stone when it was unveiled from Ronan’s weapon even though it was very likely that he would die shows how much of a hero he truly is. He, with his friends, saved the galaxy and even though he was scum at the beginning of the movie he was an incredible savior of the galaxy by the end and that’s pretty awesome. Oh, and he was a leader too. So he really did live up to his superhero identity, Star-Lord, after all. 🙂

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was heavily centered around Star-Lord as James Gunn introduced his father to the equation of his story. Peter was faced with an emotional obstacle as he had to discover who he was and what his place was in the galaxy. He obtained a caring father who was ready to finally be the parent that Quill had been wanting for years and then lost him nearly as soon as he got him when he discovered that his father, Ego, had been the one to kill his mother. Can you imagine how terrible that was for him? He just found his real biological father but then had to find out that his dad was this galactic maniac within maybe a couple of days of knowing him. That’s a pretty messed up situation.

So, he had to become a galactic hero again as he had to save the galaxy from the disturbing plan of his father and even though he had to destroy his other parent he learned that he had a family in his friends anyway so it didn’t even matter.

The loss of Yondu really affected him at the end of the movie, for the Ravager mogul was really his true father throughout his life. In losing Yondu his relationship with his friends will surely tighten even deeper and the next time we see the Guardians of the Galaxy they’re going to be a tighter galaxy saving unit.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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And so now Star-Lord will finally return in Infinity War and I can’t wait to see his interactions with other humans of Earth. For his entire life, he has lived with aliens and humans from other planets and so to finally see him with other people from Earth will be really interesting.

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Watching ‘Jurassic World’ a Second Time

The other day I was a little bored and so I decided to watch Jurassic World, a movie I hadn’t seen since I watched it in the movie theaters three years ago, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. When I saw this film all those years ago I highly enjoyed it, from a monster movie perspective. The dinosaurs were scary, the action was riveting, and the movie was very, very loud. Then as I thought about the movie I found myself getting angry. Why did they never let the lady in the movie shed those heels?! It was kind of absurd and it was part of the reason I haven’t watched the movie since.

Well, when I watched it at home the other day I discovered that it actually wasn’t as bad as I remembered. In fact, it was actually kind of a really good movie. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but it was engaging, I was horrified at times, the music was amazing, and I constantly kept getting chills. I don’t get chills from movies unless the film is kind of really good and Jurassic World was definitely that.

I mean look at that dinosaur. This Indominus Rex (I think that’s what it’s called) is terrifying! I was petrified as it kept chomping people away and chasing the heroes of the movie. *shudder* I’m so glad dinosaurs are extinct.

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And at the end of the movie when the original T. Rex went to survey his island and then roared with his iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex cry (I’m getting chills right now just thinking about it) I was like, “Yeah, this is a good movie.”

I can now say that I’m legitimately excited for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It has the chance of maybe not being as good as its predecessor but I do know one thing that it will have that’s very enjoyable; lots and lots of roaring, people eating dinosaurs and that’s what is going to make the film a blast to watch in IMAX.

If you’ve never seen Jurassic World before I highly suggest you check it out. It’s a fantastic film to watch if you’re having a slightly boring day and you might need a good movie to watch. And it’ll get you ready for its sequel coming out later this year.

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My Opinion of the ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer

I was one of the millions of people who went and saw Jurassic World two years ago and for the most part, I enjoyed it. It was a fantastic monster movie and that’s what I was expecting when I went to see it. I remember after I finished seeing it the movie began to sink in and I realized how exactly terrible the film really was. The female lead was never rid of her high heels, even as she ran through mud and got chased by dinosaurs. The children in the movie weren’t as lovable as the original kids in the first Jurassic Park. Chris Pratt was okay, he never got on my nerves in the film, but overall it definitely was an unfortunate failed attempt at jolting the franchise back to life. Surprisingly, it made a whole lot of money despite its decency and ended up becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

Now it’s been two and a half years since Jurassic World came out and during yesterday night’s football game a trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuted. Here it is.

I saw this trailer and I have to say, it did not excite me at all. There were a whole bunch of clips showcasing baby dinosaurs, giant, ferocious dinosaurs, and everyone’s favorite T-rex but there just wasn’t anything that wowed me about this trailer.

Yes, it looks like the situation this time around is a little bleaker but it still looks like it will be another one of those sequels that couldn’t surpass its predecessor. I am glad to see that at least the lady is wearing more appropriate clothing in this film. That’s a welcome upgrade.

I wish I could say this trailer made me very excited to see this film next June but unfortunately it didn’t. Maybe once I see the trailer in IMAX I’ll have a very different opinion on it but I probably won’t.

Well, I thank you for reading my review of this trailer and I hope you have a fantastic day.

Why I Think Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 May Not Be A Smashing Success

Ever since I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier I’ve been a major fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, The Avengers was an incredible film that was really the most epic blockbuster of that time but I didn’t like Thor, I liked Iron Man but I hadn’t really seen his movies, and I hadn’t even watched Captain America: The First Avenger. The Avengers was the first Marvel movie that made me start to actually like this interesting band of superheroes but it wasn’t until 2014 that I was sold on the Marvel brand. Not only did The Winter Soldier come out which was already a virtually impeccable film but they introduced me to another group of superheroes (can they really be called superheroes?) whose movie was the definition of a perfect blockbuster. And they were the Guardians of the Galaxy.

When the movie credits were finished and it said The Guardians of the Galaxy will return I was ecstatic. It was thrilling to know this ragtag band of scoundrels, criminals, and an assassin were not going to be a one time occurrence. It was definitely a little disappointing to know it wasn’t going to come back to the movies until 2017 (yay, it’s 2017 now) but I could wait. Now it’s less than three months until the next Guardians of the Galaxy a.k.a GOTG comes to theaters and I have to admit, I’m not as enthusiastic to see it as I was with the first one and I’ll tell you why.

The Story

Okay I would like you to watch this trailer.

Now I’ve watched all of the trailers since the very first teaser and every one does get better than the last. Unfortunately I came away from this final trailer a little disappointed. Yes it’s easily the best trailer so far and yes, it has made me excited for May 5 to come but there is something unfortunate about this preview of the highly anticipated sequel. I can already tell what the movie’s about and the gist of events that will take place in the movie.

Spoiler Alert!

I’m going to speak about a minor spoiler about this film’s connection to an upcoming Marvel film so if you’d rather be surprised I suggest you to not read any further.

Okay…here we go. Yondu, Nebula,  the new character, Mantis and the rest of the more well-known crew will be in Avengers: Infinity War. Yes, they’re all going to be in it. It’s a great surprise that I’m really excited to see unfold in the next Avengers but it’s kind of something I wished hadn’t been announced until after this next GOTG. I love to watch a movie and the entire time not know if everyone’s going to make it out of the situations. Of course I’m not saying I want anyone in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to die but simply knowing that they’re all going to live kind of destroys that suspenseful factor that I enjoy so much in movies.

Secondly I’ve been watching movies since I was a baby. Most movies run on the same plot so there are a lot of times when I can already predict what the movie is about and what’s going to happen in it just by looking at a trailer. Unfortunately I can already tell the story of this new GOTG just from the trailers which is never a good thing.

I believe the main gist of the film will be focused on the GOTG being a family instead of the ragtag team that they were at the end of the first film. I already foresee a sappy moment where the Guardians will come together in the name of saving the galaxy in a touching scene. This is GOTG we’re talking about however so someone will break up the sentimental scene by saying some sort of sarcastic joke (I’m thinking Rocket or Star-Lord will ruin the moment.)

I also predict that Star-Lord’s father is going to die. Why you might ask. Well here’s the thing, there’s going to have to be a dramatic, slightly heartbreaking moment in this film to make it feel really substantial. Look at the first GOTG. They “killed” off Groot to create a moment in the movie that could make you sad and would really solidify the fact that these characters are truly heroes who would risk their own lives to save the galaxy. What better way to create an intense, possibly tear inducing scene than to have Star-Lord’s father die from some unfortunate event. It would really shake up Chris Pratt’s character and it would definitely be the turning point of the blockbuster. And besides, he’s the only main character in the film that’s not been announced to be in the next Avengers.

There is undoubtedly going to be an epic fighting sequence at the end that’ll deliver some sweet visual effects and some mind-boggling combat but, according to the next Avengers, they’re going to beat the villains so that surprise flew out the window. Now of course I can’t predict every little part of the movie but unfortunately those three predictions cover all of the bases. How everything’s going to go down, I have no idea, but I have a feeling I’ll come away from this movie saying to myself, “I knew it.”

The fact that I feel like I already can tell what the movie is about just from the trailers is very disappointing. When I watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers I would’ve never guessed that Quicksilver was going to die or that they were going to introduce an amazing new character like Vision. When I watched the Captain America: Civil War trailers I couldn’t tell exactly what the movie was about except for the fact that it seemed like The Avengers were fighting each other. That was great because when I actually watched the film the movie had me on my toes the entire time. And the end was insane. When Captain America dropped his shield my jaw dropped. Was Steve Rogers really no longer Captain America? Even Doctor Strange was filled with surprises that I would’ve never gleaned from the commercials or trailers.

I still am very excited to see this movie and I have no doubt it’s going to be highly enjoyable. Will it be as entertaining as the first one? I don’t think so. That one was complete perfection. Will it be as terrible a sequel as Avengers: Age of Ultron was? Very unlikely. It’ll be a surprise however if this movie could contend with Marvel films like Civil War or Winter Soldier. That would be a tremendous accomplishment.

I hope after I watch it this May it’ll be much better than I predicted. Unfortunately I have to wait nearly three months to find out. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed and thank you for reading my post. Have a wonderful weekend!