4 thoughts on “Today’s 2nd Movie: Jurassic World

  1. I was wondering about your opinion on this film. Do you think it does justice to the franchise or worthy of its Avengers-record-breaking opening? It is kind of curious why a movie like this is looking to be the biggest of the year. Part of me thinks it’s an action movie thing since Avengers and Transformers constantly come on top, but it’s still weird to apply it to something like this.

    I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, part because I haven’t seen the original (I’m a stickler for those things) and part because I went to see Inside Out (There were tears. Many, many tears. And that was just from the short. The movie takes it up a notch). I’m always slightly jealous of how many movies you get to see in one day 🙂

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    • Hopefully my full review will go up sometime this week (with an analysis perhaps the following week), but generally I found it mildly enjoyable but certainly it doesn’t live up to the legacy of the first two films. As for whether it’s worthy of beating the box office records of the Avengers, I long ago gave up on worrying about how a film’s profits equated to its worthiness. I would attribute a large part of its success to nostalgia and people’s love of the original, and partly to hitting the perfect action movie sweet spot with a subject that doesn’t alienate anyone. I know people who wouldn’t be caught dead seeing Transformers who went to see Jurassic World.
      I’m sure you made a better choice seeing Inside Out, which is my final film slated for today. I don’t normally go to 4 movies in a day, just once a year for my birthday.
      As for you, you absolutely must see at least the first Jurassic Park. It’s one of the most important and influential films of all time, and is practically perfect in every way. To people my age, it’s our Star Wars. Come back and tell me what you thought of you see either the original or the new one! Thanks for reading and for commenting! https://thelovepirate.net/2013/03/26/analysis-jurassic-park-our-generations-star-wars/

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  2. You’re cool, but not Chris Pratt on a motorcycle with a pack of raptors cool.

    That meme pretty much sums it up.

    For cerebral content, it has that theme of how we relate to the natural world (work with it or steal its power). Mostly it’s a ripping good yarn with dinosaurs.

    And Chris Pratt.

    And a chick who can run from a T-Rex in heels. OK, that’s not all that awesome after all according to the paleontologists I heard on NPR, T-Rex wasn’t that fast.

    Also, the raptor pack is more likely Deinonychus (kind of human sized) or Utahraptors (kind of horse sized). Velociraptors are about the size of a medium sled dog or a large turkey. I have known several turkeys, and saw that Nature special about the guy who raised some wild ones… and was attacke4d by one he’d raised. He fended it off with a log. And the fat domestic turkeys are kind of scary (chases cars, attacks people carrying bags, and hates the color red), even if you can, like velociraptor, kind of kick it out of the way.

    And none of them had feathers. Bah, humbug. Guess they’re just keeping with the original design, the idea of feathered dinos was kind of new back then.

    A group of paleontologists (one therapod specialist) on Science Goes to the Movies (NPR) thought a good documentary was better at getting people interested in dinosaurs. I heartily disagree. Inspired by the first Jurassic film, I read a bunch of stuff, including Robert Bakker’s Raptor Red (Raptor Blue in the film is certainly a nod to Raptor Red), which is about a year in the life of Utahraptor. I also own a Robert Bakker autographed raptor … (middle aged woman holds out stuffed Utahraptor and says, “Can you autograph this?”) and got to touch the Jurassic T-Rex claw that sailed past his head in the great Rex/Raptor fight scene at the end of the first film (he was a sort of consultant).

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

    This is where I turn off my brain, could not care less about cerebral content, and release the Inner Twelve Year Old.

    Vrooom vrooooom!

    And having wrangled a few smaller raptors (as a wildlife rehab volunteer) I thoroughly admire a character who can clicker train Utahraptors…. keep calm and open paddlock 9.

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  3. Cannot wait to see what you think of Inside Out. It had some fantastic reviews on NPR. May be Pixar’s best masterpiece yet.

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