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When I first saw the original Jurassic Park, I remember being overcome with this magical feeling. What I was watching was so freakin’ cool. It didn’t need glitz, it didn’t need glamour; all it needed was its massive, majestic and beautiful stars – the dinosaurs. And to this day, every time Grant sees those dinosaurs for the first time, I still get that tingly feeling, that OMG feeling.
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JURASSIC WORLD
Directed By: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer, Omar Sky, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake M. Johnson

Jurassic World was supposed to be the movie that brought back those nostalgic feelings – that returned the franchisee back to a magical time where Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 didn’t exist. And while this movie was an improvement, it could have and should have been much better.

WHAT IT GOT RIGHT.

The Theme Park: Jurassic World was fully thought out down to the Margaritaville and Pandora that exist in every Caribbean port. I couldn’t help thinking that even without the dinosaurs this would be a place I’d really want to visi. I’d love to canoe down a river as stegosaurus’ graze nearby or ride a baby triceratops even though I’m 30 years old. It just looked like a fun place to be, no gimmicks necessary. Then again I’ve always been a suckers for zoos and aquariums.

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WHAT IT GOT WRONG: Basically everything else.

The Magic: There was no magic! Or pretty much none. What happened to those long panning shots where we can admire the dinosaurs? Or the wide-eyed awe of young children as they view their favorite dinosaur. Instead we got quick shots of dinosaurs running and bored children being bratty. I know that was the point, that people were becoming bored with the dinosaurs wanting something bigger and better, but I just wanted the camera to spend more than 3 seconds on a dinosaur at any given point. (And I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen elephants many times and each time I do I look at them with wonder and awe and feel like a child every time.) But this lack of magic could be forgiven if I could care about…

The Characters: They were terrible and under developed. All of them. Chris Pratt was the most developed but what about his backstory? How did he become a velociraptor trainer? How is he still alive? Are there other places that have dinosaurs that taught him how to be a trainer? Does he have a family? Why does he live in a rinky dink trailer? And HE was the only character in the movie that really felt like he belonged there. Dallas Bryce Howard started off as an unpleasant, workaholic who had no time for family or friends or pleasantries by the end of the movie she kind of turned into a badass. Only no one acknowledged it, or cared, not as long as Pratt was on screen gently stroking his raptor (the dirtiness of that statement is just a happy coincidence). Then you have minor characters that serve no purpose but to further the story, a villain who is just plain stupid and two kids one of who is so bratty and annoying you don’t really care if he gets eaten by the dinosaur or not. And finally, how do you cast someone like Judy Greer and not use her? Bringing the kids parents and sister to one of our main characters along could have would have given the movie an actual opportunity to have a story. But instead she and her husband and their possible divorce was just another point that disappeared into…

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The (Practically Non-Existent) Plot: There was no plot, no story, nothing to care about, just a dinosaur rampaging on people and things we don’t really care about. Except for those baby triceratops, that was sad. I want story, I want people to care about, I want a plot to care about. As big of a star power Chris Pratt is, he can’t and shouldn’t have to carry a movie like this all by himself.

Overall, while the movie was entertaining, the special effects and CGI fantastic, and the dinosaurs are always a thing to Marvel at, but this reboot of the franchise would really help itself out by getting a plot and people we care about, just as long as it includes Chris Pratt.

Rating: 6.5/10 Stars

I never thought I’d say it, but my favorite movie of the year, so far, involves a raccoon with a rage problem and a tree that only says 3 words over and over and over again. I went into Guardians of the Galaxy with high, but skeptical expectations and the movie manage to exceed them. It’s a fun and unpredictable fantasy, comic book movie that anyone who’s a nerd at heart would love. Plus it’s frakkin’ hilarious.

Guardians Of The Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, John C. Reilly, Glen Close, Djimon Hounsou

Guardians of the Galaxy is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It feels retro, current, and futuristic at the same time. It’s smart, funny, silly, cheesy, action-packed and full of unexplainable depth. The main characters are developed perfectly which is a big feat because I knew nothing about any of the characters beforehand. The movie did a great job about making you care about these new and unknown characters. Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax are a group of criminal misfits brought together by happenstance. They’re strange, quirky, and quick to anger, each with a tragic backstory of their own. And it’s their faults that bring them together to prevent their common enemy from destroying the world.

While the plot itself may not be the most original plot (in fact a lot of other reviews compare it to Avengers, saying it lacks originality and has overlapping themes.) the thing people often forget is that these movies are comic book movies. They’re about good vs. evil. Misfits banding together. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s why most people read comic books. It’s relatable but also fantasy driven at the same time. It’s rooted in the impossibly possible. Anything can happen. And it does happen. Can you REALLY call a movie involving a CGI tree and raccoon, lacking originality?

There is a lot going on in Guardians of the Galaxy. Stunning visuals, fantastic and colorful set design, and just the cooky craziness “galaxy itself.” At times it can all be sensation overload. But I loved the blending of time and genres and I loved that the movie had a lot of heart. There were moments that made me laugh out loud and other moments that made me tear up. This movie is definitely pushing Chris Pratt into Action Star/Heartthrob/Chris Pine territory. It’s the ultimate summertime popcorn movie but with a lot of substance. And it’s unlike any other movie (Marvel or not) out there.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

 

Random Thoughts (**mini spoilers**)

  • There were so many hilarious and quotable lines in the movie. “Nothing goes over my head. I have great reflexes, I will catch them.
  • I absolutely loved the soundtrack.
  • Interesting articles about Rocket the raccoon. Kirk from Gilmore Girls is amazing!
  • Loved the ending teaser was just that, a teaser. You don’t always need a WOW moment.
  • Got lingering questions? This article probably has the answers.
  • I’d like a Groot of my very own, thank you.

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Her
Directed By: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johannsen, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt

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Premise: After suffering a heartbreaking divorce, a lonely, isolated man seeks the comfort of a highly evolved operating system and eventually begins a relationship with her.

 

My Review: Her is a strange movie, it takes place in the future yet looks like it could take place in the past. The technology is amazing, I want all of it, but at the same time if feels like something that could exist now…if only Siri weren’t such a smart ass.

The performances are what hold Her together. Despite, Phoenix sporting his best porn mustache, Amy Adams looking doughty as hell, and the fact that we don’t even see Scarlett Johannsen, Her just works. Phoenix plays Theodore a lonely writer who is struggling through a difficult breakup. He becomes reliant on a seemingly self-aware operating system (OS) finding himself relating to her in a way he could never relate to anyone else. And it would be completely sweet, if it, and well, he, weren’t a tad bit creepy. (Phoenix knows a lot about playing creepy) Luckily, he is skilled enough to play it with sweet innocence, just shy of giving you the heebie jeebies. Scarlett’s voice is sultry and sweet, just begging you to be her best friend. Honestly it may be her best performance and we never see her on screen, but the genius of it all is that she pulls off such warmth and purity you can actually picture a person in front of you, and that’s the point, right? Sometimes it’s creepy, and sometimes it’s believable. Like any relationship, really.

All in all this movie is so very Spike Jonze, much like Where The Wild Things Are, the movie is strange, but somehow works, it’s both real and not real, and it’s sweet while at the same time a little bit creepy.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

7 Things I Noticed About Delivery Man

Directed By: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Bobby Moynihan, Dave Patten, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor

1 – Vince Vaughn was not as Vince Vaughny as he usually is.
There was less babbling, less annoying self-deprecating stupidness—basically most of the things you dislike about him are absent in this movie. Vaughn was a real guy. And incredibly likeable.

2 – Chris Pratt is hilarious!
I’ve liked Chris Pratt since Everwood. As Brett, he’s much more than just David’s best friend/sidekick/voice of reason/comic relief combo. He is layered and complicated as both an exasperated father of four children and a failed lawyer, not because he’s incapable but because he chose fatherhood first. Okay, so he may be a tiny bit incapable.

3 – More of Cobie Smulders is always a good thing.
I’ll admit it right now. I have a girl crush on Cobie Smulders. She’s just super cool. And while I adore her on HIMYM , I’m so glad to see her branching out into movies. I was hoping the movie wouldn’t just use her for the beginning of the story and the end of the story (I’m looking at you Safe Haven) and was glad she was incorporated into a lot of the movie. She just has this air about her that makes me think we would be best friends and we should totally hang out sometime, you know if it’s cool with her…

4 – All Of Vince Vaughn’s Kids are Super Super Good Looking.
Like SUPER good-looking, I even spotted Chris Hernandez from Season 20 America’s Next Top Model as one of his kids. That’s just not statistically possible, right? RIGHT? I’m particular to this face. Also, *spoiler alert* Britt Robertson does not make a convincing drug addict.

6 – The movie relied on humorous situations instead of fart, poop, vomit humor.
I think this comment speaks for itself. It’s easy to laugh at someone farting, we all have an inner 10 year old in us, but it’s harder to make someone laugh. Like really laugh. And I did a bunch of times in this movie.

7 – It was genuinely heartfelt movie that will leave you feeling uplifted.
Delivery Man was less of a comedy and more of a funny uplifting movie. The story was incredibly interesting and to watch a man be changed by the strange but also incredible circumstances around it was extremely compelling. I’ll admit the ending made me tear up a bit, and then laugh. And that’s a great way to end a movie.

 

After a fertility clinic screw up, David, a struggling meat delivery driver finds himself the father of 531 children after donating sperm 20 years ago. He becomes the center of a lawsuit when over a hundred of his children sue to reveal his identity. David must decide to take responsibility for once in his life, or hide in the shadows like always. Delivery Man isn’t exactly mind blowing, but will leave you laughing and with warm fuzzies, so check it out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Zero Dark Thirty

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kinney

The critics are falling head over heels for this movie giving it high praise. While the movie was well acted and contained some compelling moments, as a whole I found the movie to be lacking. It was cold, clinical, and not gritty enough, and the ending (and we all know how it ends) was particularly anti-climactic.

The minute I heard Osama Bin Laden was killed it was as if the story had turned into a fairy tale  Bin Laden was the boogey man killed by Seal Team 6, who still, to this day, remains a mystery. In Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain plays Maya, a young CIA Analyst who’s made it her life’s mission to make sure Bin Ladin is put down. Though timid and mousy in looks, Maya is a ruthless, ball buster. She knows and fights for what she wants even if she has to do and watch things that make her feel uncomfortable. It took Maya and her team and her superiors 10 years to find Bin Laden down culminating in the ultimate man hunt.

I wanted to LOVE Zero Dark Thirty, but my expectations were too high. Even with fantastic performances from Jason Clarke and Jessica Chastain, it felt like just another manhunt movie.  I know Kathryn Bigelow knows how to build tension (see Hurt Locker) and I felt the characters’ anger, and frustration, and horror when things went wrong, but I didn’t feel the passion, I didn’t feel like anything was on the line even though everything was. Take Argo for instance, you know the story. You know how it ends, and still, I was on the edge of my seat. I didn’t have that same feeling during Zero Dark Thirty, and I really really wanted to.

Am I just being crazy? (Don’t answer that.) Was this movie really good and I just missed something?

 

Rating: 3 Stars.

 

 

 

Promised Land

Starring: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemary DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy

I don’t really know where Promised Land came from or what Gus Van Sant was thinking when he decided to make this movie. This movie is proof that a good cast means nothing if you don’t have a good story, good writing, or characters you care about. It surprises me that this movie was written by both Matt Damon and John Krasinski.

Steve Butler and his partner Sue Thompson are sent to a rural small town in order to gain drilling rights to their property.  The town, on an economic decline, is in desperate need of relief, but a passion school teacher and environmentalist team up with their own campaign to prevent the town from signing over their rights. The town becomes divided between standard of living vs. quality of life and the potential hazards to their way of life. Thus begins the debate between small town life and big corporate business.

Well, the movie sounds just as exciting as it sounds. It’s filled with cliché moments and stereotypical small town characters. The movie is trying to go for an Erin Brockovich vibe, but what do you do when both the protagonist is a good person but a misguided corporate head hunter, and the antagonist is a manipulative person, whose purpose seems to be the most relatable and the most sympathetic? What you get are conflicting and confused feelings, but not in a good way, more in a “I don’t even think the characters know what kind of people they are” kind of way.

Like I said, the cast is excellent, I just wish they had better material to work with. Sorry Matt Damon, but sometimes nice guys DO finish last.

 

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 

 

10 Years wasn’t a bad movie, persay. It had some sweet moments but that’s all they ever were. One thing this movie did was it made me glad I did not attend my 10 Year High School Reunion.

10 Years

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Justin Long, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Ari Graynor, Scott Porter, Brian Geraghty, Aubrey Plaza, Rosario Dawson, Ron Livingston, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara

Premise: High School friends attend their 10 Year high school reunion remembering the good and bad times. They see how people have changed and not changed all at the same time. Things are learned, things are not learned, and there’s karaoke. Also, you should know, Channing Tatum keeps his shirt on this time.

My Review:  Movies with big ensemble casts can often suffer from spreading themselves too thin from too many plot lines. Some movies tackle this issue well (see Love Actually), while others can suffer from muddy, uninteresting plots that are not well developed (see What To Expect When You’re Expecting). This movie had a total of 9 to 10 subplots and was 90 minutes long. And…surprisingly, it felt longer. That should tell you something.

I do have to say there was one storyline I enjoyed and that was the storyline between Oscar Isaac, who I was convinced was a younger/better looking David Krumholtz for the first half of the movie, and Kate Mara. They’re chemistry was out of this world! And the storyline was intriguing and surprising and sweet. Also sweet, Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna. They are just so damn adorable in this movie using their coupledom to their benefit. If this is how they are all the time…I truly hate them. I love them, but I hate them.

10 Years seemed to encapsulate what I imagine my high school reunion to be like: Nostalgic, uncomfortable, annoying, and very, very….VERY awkward.  Lucky for me I passed on my reunion, and honestly, save this movie for a Redbox.

 

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for a good rom-com. They’re fun and you get to swoon over guys who in real life don’t exist, but it’s fun to pretend like they do. Though Anna Faris can sometimes be over the top, What’s Your Number was sweet, cute, and gave me a crush on Chris Evans.

 

What’s Your Number?

Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Anthony Mackie, Blythe Danner, Andy Samberg

Premise: Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is searching for the right guy. She reads a magazine article that tells her any girl who sleeps with 10 + men is destined to live a life of loneliness. Unfortunately Ally’s number is 20, leading her to reconnect with her ex’s in order not to increase her number. With the help of her playboy neighbor (Chris Evans), Ally tracks down her exes and realizes they were her exes for a reason.

My Review: There are good romantic comedies such as Sleepless In Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Sweet Home Alabama and then there are terrible, terrible rom-coms: He’s Just Not That Into You, Ugly Truth, Something Borrowed. Luckily, What’s Your Number falls into the former.

Anna Faris is endearing. She’s sweet, she’s nerdy, she’s cool, and she’s obviously psycho, but psycho in the best way. Sure at times she was over the top with both her acting and the naiveté of her, but my major problem with her was that it was completely unbelievable that she wouldn’t be able to snag a great guy, and it was completely unbelievable that she’d have this string of loser ex-boyfriends. There had to be some good ones in there, right? But I guess that was her thinking too.

However, like any good romantic comedy, there were some sweet moments too. And that was thanks in part to Chris Evans. This movie put Chris Evans into heartthrob status for me. Sure he was a player pretty boy in Fantastic Four, and him with his shirt off in Captain America is indeed amazing, but in this movie his character Colin really made me (for lack of a better word) swoon. Evan’s played Colin with such ease. Colin was just a dude who liked the ladies. But we weren’t punched in the face with it. He wasn’t the playboy wild child who needed Anna Faris to tame him. He was just a dude – a dude who formed a crush on his neighbor. And it was sweet and definitely swoon-worthy.

Though this story had a lot of holes, a lot of inconsistencies, and it wasn’t necessarily the most original plot line, it wasn’t shallow. When you really get to the heart of the matter it all has to do with Aly’s self esteem. She just doesn’t think she’s good enough and that’s affected not only who she dates, but also who she doesn’t date. And in that aspect the story is utterly relatable. The movie is also helped along by the incredible chemistry between Chris Evan’s and Anna Faris. There were some real moments in the movie where the two actors looked like they stopped acting and were just having fun. The movie turned into much more than just the gimmick of Aly’s crazy and goofy ex-boyfriends. If you like rom-coms, go watch it, you’ll find yourself smiling.

Rating: 3 Stars(maybe 3 ½ for Chris Evans.)