Movies Open Forum: JURASSIC WORLD written by Robert Reineke June 11, 2015 June used to be ground zero for high concept, action packed blockbusters geared to get kids fresh out of school into the air conditioned indoors. Times have changed as JURASSIC WORLD seems to only be accompanied by family films like INSIDE OUT and R-rated comedies like SPY and TED 2. That bodes well for the financial success of the movie. As for the quality of the movie, initial reviews seem to be positive although not overwhelmingly so. Then again, I don’t think anyone is expecting it to compete with the original or to be anything more than a fun ride at the movies. Questions to ponder, is this performance going to make Chris Pratt more of a breakout star or is it going to send him back to Peter Quill with something to prove? Is this an audition for Indiana Jones? If so, how does he do? Bryce Dallas Howard has been looking for a breakout role for years. Is this it? Joss Whedon caught some heat for some criticism of the retrograde sexual politics of a preview scene. Did he deserve that heat or was he on to something? Colin Treverrow’s previous film was the little independent SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Is he up to the job of a blockbuster? Is Hollywood too aggressive in giving blockbusters to these independent directors? Are we missing a mid-budget tier of films as a step between blockbuster and independent films as a training ground? How’s the new dinosaur? What’s left for this franchise to explore after this rather decadent entry? Is the concept limiting? Or does this one open up new ground? As always, the platform is open for all sorts of responses. 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July 23, 2015 Adrian Edmondson Will be seeing this tonight with the misses . stock I’m guessing this movie takes place 10 years or so in the future? So people just forgot? It’s a premise that’s hard to buy otherwise. A Sea-World with dinosaurs, including one more dangerous than T-Rex? And it’s on a remote island where escape would be extremely difficult? Pack your toothbrush, kids! We’re going to Jurassic World! Chris Pratt will probably need GOTG 2 to solidify his action hero resume, but he’s going places even if this isn’t that good. FWIW, I think the greatest diversity we have in this country is diversity of thought, and when people try to stifle creativity for whatever pet hang-up is currently making the social media rounds, it makes me want to retch. I work in a environment run by women, and they respond to flirting just like you’d expect: as individuals. I try not to get too crude with anyone who answers to Grandma. Besides, anyone who puts a Prima Nocte joke in his flick should probably just keep his tweets to himself. Joshua Nathan Strong It takes place in the present day, in real time. Joshua Nathan Strong 22 years after the events of the original film, it retcons 2 and 3 Darren James Seeley It does not mention the events of the last two films, but there is no retcon according to the filmmakers. Also, Ian Malcom’s book, seen in Lost World and Jurassic III, shows up in the film. Joshua Nathan Strong I saw the book, you’re correct Adrian Edmondson While the overall premise was ridiculous , but the movie wasn’t half bad . The ending was awesome as well but none of these sequels have been able to recapture the sense of awe the first movie had , which I feel is impossible , similar to AoU where we have seen these characters interact in the different movies after Avengers so the “wow these guys/gals are together ” feeling wore off . Overall 8/10 for me , had some nice callbacks to the other films , plenty of suspense and family bonding . Should do very well this weekend as well . Adrian I agree with you for the most part. I’m bad at the number rating so I’d go with a B or B-. Some of the CGI was, I thought, overdone a bit. I wish there’d been more of a balance like in the older films, between CG and animatronics. That said, I thought it was a good enough time with a fun ending. Joshua Nathan Strong This movie was fantastic and the film of the summer so far (I’ve yet to see Fury Road) for me, right up there with Ex Machina. I was worried about Colin Trevorrow would go from directing a movie in Safety Not Guaranteed that was made for $750,000 to immediately following it up with a movie with a budget of $180,000,000. Many directors are doing this now and failing miserably but Trevorrow can definitely swim with the big boys. The third act of this movie is special once you realize what it’s doing, and it pulled it of wonderfully. Pratt was great and so was Bryce Dallas Howard, hopefully this gets her some work. The Hulkster The movie was great and as Joshua said, the best summer film so far. Way better than Avengers: Age of Ultron. What a horrible mess that film was. James Judice Im seeing it again this afternoon! 2nd viewings are always better viewings! Not that I disliked the first viewing.. I LOVED it! Robert Reineke I think that the outpouring at the box office really does show just how big an impact that Jurassic Park really did make for the post-Gen X generation of fans. I never thought of Jurassic Park in the same breath as Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark, but clearly I’m wrong on that score. Joshua Nathan Strong When I saw it in Northwest Chicago on Friday night, the theater was packed. This bodes well for Chris Pratt’s quest to join the $20M club. Joshua Nathan Strong I really hate Joss Whedon, his comments were beyond ignorant and based on a tiny clip from a 120 minute movie, that was shown completely out of context. Adrian Except that his opinion on that tiny clip was actually correct. Howard’s Claire was definitely a sexist stereotype of that ilk. Marie I saw the film yesterday and I had to see this in Imax 3D due to 2D early showings sold out and they had more showings in Imax/3D and I wasn’t waiting longer on line to wait. I thought there were some good action beats as expected, especially near the end. Having kids in this series has become a pain a number of times as I’m not a big fan with kids in these situations. With the park opening, you’d expect them. I still say the kid from the 3rd film was the probably the best. My only main issue with the film is that I found several beats/moments predictable and maybe, that’s due to remembering the trailers. I was able to recognize certain scenes/moments and suspect what would happen and it did. Overall, I thought the film was okay, not my favorite in the Jurassic Park series. Still an entertaining summer film. T.J. It’s the sequel Jurassic Park should have had all along. Robert Reineke Did anyone see this film potentially knocking off The Avengers for biggest opening of all time? I sure didn’t. Honestly, the film could have opened $100 million less and I would have thought it was overachieving. I’m glad we live in a world where there are still surprises like this. Sean Gerber No way. Nobody saw this coming. I didn’t see a single prediction that JURASSIC WORLD would break the opening weekend record prior to Saturday, when we could actually see that it was outpacing all tracking and even Friday projections. This was crazy and fun. One of the most fun aspects about JW’s performance was just how similar it was to THE AVENGERS. Both films kept exceeding their weekend projections even as those projections continued to go up and up. Each finished with a final total that was $4-7 million over its Sunday estimate. Add to that JURASSIC WORLD claiming the global opening weekend record with well over $500 million and Universal is sitting pretty. They just broke the record for fastest to a billion with FURIOUS 7 and it looks like they’ll break it again. At worst, JW could slow down and still give Universal the top two. Speaking of Universal, I don’t recall anyone predicting at the beginning of 2015 that the studio would give Disney a run for its money as the top earner for the year. Obviously, Disney still has some heavy-hitters coming to help take the top spot, but Universal has already carved out its own MASSIVE success story for the year and that’s what counts. A few interesting notes about the domestic opening weekend box office record that may interest just me: – THE AVENGERS held the record for 3 years and 1 month, the longest since SPIDER-MAN held the record from May 2002 to July 2006 (4 years, 2 months). -In between SPIDER-MAN and THE AVENGERS, 4 films held the record within a 6-year span – POTC: DEAD MAN’S CHEST (10 months), SPIDER-MAN 3 (10 months), THE DARK KNIGHT (3 years, 0 months), and the final HARRY POTTER (10 months). -The JURASSIC PARK franchise has how set a new domestic opening weekend record with 3 out of its 4 films: JURASSIC PARK (1993), THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997), and JURASSIC WORLD (2015). -The JP franchise also owns the long-reigning opening weekend record-holder of the last 20 years. THE LOST WORLD held the record for 4 years and 6 months from May 1997 to November 2001. Will JURASSIC WORLD match the longevity of its older brother, THE LOST WORLD, or even its immediate predecessor, THE AVENGERS? No one seems to think so with many, myself included, believing that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be the new opening weekend king by year’s end. Even if THE FORCE AWAKENS falls short, STAR WARS will have a few more swings at the record and there are other potential giants closing in before June 2018 (or December 2019) including DC’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE, along with Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Of course, none of those films are guaranteed to set a new record. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON was a good reminder of just how crazy and hard it is to hit $200 million in one weekend. It’s an astounding number that commands respect and hasn’t happened enough yet for it to be considered an automatic for any film. But ultimately, the length of JW’s reign doesn’t really matter. No film can hold the record forever unless we one day get to a point when movies are no longer released in theaters. JURASSIC WORLD has the record today and will go down in history as a champion, which is pretty amazing and always fun to see, especially when it’s a movie I like and I liked this one very much. Robert Reineke I kind of think that opening in the middle of Christmas season will take the edge off the opening weekend numbers for Star Wars, people do have family and religious commitments during the season, but will let the film play, and play, and play. We’ll see on that, though. I imagine that Universal is quietly pretty happy that they didn’t have to spend $8 billion to acquire these franchises. Sean Gerber Haha! Very true on the lack of acquisition costs. Universal has developed its biggest franchises in-house, so they get enjoy all of this revenue without paying off massive expenditures outside of the usual production and marketing costs. I don’t think the December 18 release will damage Star Wars’ opening weekend prospects. For most schools, this will be the last day of school prior to the holiday break (and many other schools will already be on break), so this is essentially a summer weekend. Christmas doesn’t typically dampen box office numbers, as many families have made moviegoing part of their holiday tradition. December 18 is far enough ahead of the holiday for people to see it prior to their obligations and those families that have already gathered will probably go watch STAR WARS together, as it’s something every generation within the family can be excited about. Of course, there are always other foreseeable yet unpredictable factors that could be just enough to keep the film from a record. Extreme weather could leave major markets without power that weekend, or just be bad enough to keep people inside that weekend, especially those who have the following week off from school/work and don’t feel that same sense of urgency to see the film right away. Right now, I think STAR WARS will claim the opening weekend record, but I would agree that it is not a lock to do so. Sean Gerber With his last two opening weekends now combining for over $300 million domestic, don’t expect the “Chris Pratt for Indiana Jones” conversation to go away anytime soon (and I’ve been on board with the idea since the rumors first started swirling). Sure, the raccoon, tree, and dinosaurs all deserve ample amounts of credit for the success of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and JURASSIC WORLD, but the common denominator in both films is Chris Pratt as the male lead. That is going to command to attention of and carry a lot of weight with the top decision makers at Disney. If he hadn’t already received it before JW’s opening weekend, it’s hard to imagine Pratt not getting an offer for the role in the relatively near future. Robert Reineke The one thing that really makes me second guess that is that the ratings of Parks and Rec were never anything special. But, those two openings are going to land Pratt a big, solo opportunity in the near future. IMO, Pratt’s more Richard Dreyfuss than Harrison Ford. But, I’ll probably be in the minority opinion on that. Still, I think history has proven that it’s tough to put together an Indiana Jones movie, as all the various knock-offs have shown us. Sean Gerber No, the ratings for Parks and Rec were never great. Keep mind, however, that all but one season of the show was pre-GOTG. Pratt wasn’t a star then. He is now. The box office performance of his recent blockbusters is going to trump the television ratings of the show on which he was not the lead in any conversation between executives over Pratt’s ability to lead INDIANA JONES. I think the similarities between Dreyfuss and Pratt begin and end with outstanding comedic timing. In terms of personality and what he brings to the screen, I don’t think Pratt is all that similar to Harrison Ford either, but both can now lay claim to massive success in multiple franchises relatively early in their film careers. I don’t really think Disney’s objective in recasting the role of Indiana Jones is to find someone like Harrison Ford. That line of thinking would be misguided anyway. No one is going to be as good at being Harrison Ford as Harrison Ford. Get a likable, charismatic lead that audiences have an easy time rooting for and go from there. Pratt fits those criteria as well as anyone right now. Robert Reineke I agree that if they aim for emulating Ford they’re beaten before they begin. There are a lot of things they’ll have to figure out beyond the lead to make a successful relaunch. I suppose it’s also relevant to not that Colin Treverrow has to come out smelling like a rose. Not least because he handled the PR lead up like a champ. It probably helps that he’s 38 instead of in his 20s. Sean Gerber Colin Trevorrow is definitely one of the major success stories here. The numbers speak for themselves, but he’s also handled some difficult PR issues very well and remained professional throughout. He’s going to be the next James Wan in terms of having more mega offers than he knows what to do with. If Spielberg wants to produce instead of direct, he’d probably give Trevorrow a glowing recommendation to the folks at Disney to re-team the director with Pratt for INDIANA JONES. Aside from that obvious speculation, I’m sure Trevorrow will be a popular name tossed around for several franchises expected to begin or resume in the next few years. T.J. Don’t let the ratings fool you. People don’t know what good TV comedy is anymore – just look at the quality of shows that succeed and the ones that have a hard time. Parks & Rec was fantastic, especially after its second season. T.J. I think we all need to get used to the idea of Pratt being Indy. If that’s what Spielberg wants, I mean… there you go. However, for my money, I still think that the best choice for a new Indy is, in fact, part of the Guardians cast. #BradleyCooper stock I’d have to agree with you there, T.J. If it must happen, and I ask why, Coop makes the far better choice. Kerry Vanderberg I saw this movie twice, 2nd time in a digital IMAX screen. I really, really enjoyed it! It doesn’t quite have the same magic as the first, but it comes really darn close. I think that unique magic is something that will never quite be re-captured again. But that didn’t stop this from being a really dang good movie! As someone who read many of Crichton’s books when I was younger, I found it interesting how this successfully takes something that was never probably in Crichton’s mind when it came to the story of JP, but excels at carrying forward what the first film began. I read the first book after seeing the first movie, as well as the second book soon after that came out, and at no point do you get the sense that there was ever any intention of exploring the plot and themes which were explored here in JW.