Friday, June 22, 2018

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” “Honey I Blew Up the Dino”

By José Alberto Hermosillo
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is a wild theme park ride that combines sci-fi and conspiracy theory with chunks of melodrama – all blended in by the Spanish director J. A. Bayona (“The Impossible,” “A Monster Calls”).

25 years have passed since Steven Spielberg amazed the world with the first “Jurassic Park.” Since then, five movies integrated this profitable franchise.
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This new adventure starts when a volcano threatens all sorts of life on the Costa Rican island of Nublar. A group of activists launches a campaign to save the “Dinos.”

Furthermore, media and politicians will decide what’s the right thing to do – to save the dinosaurs or let the volcano destroy lives on the island.
Jeff Goldblum, actor and jazz musician. Photo, Jose Hermosillo
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Testifying in front of a group of global representatives is the well-known mathematician who specializes in the 'Chaos Theory' Ian Malcolm, played by the always fantastic actor and jazz musician Jeff Goldblum, who recaps the importance of preserving the life of the dinosaurs. Mr. Goldblum's character is the only one who appears in all the "Jurassic Park" films.
Without spoilers, the Jurassic sequel has some convergent points with the 1992 Disney's fantasy-comedy “Honey I Blew Up the Kid.”

In the children’s story, a blown out of proportion “baby” is chased all the way to Las Vegas. In this new transitional “Jurassic World” venture, the plot line leaves the door open to lead the “dinos” to a populated area.

Oops, not that fast. First, we need to see how dinosaurs’ DNA gets altered by greed and weaponry ambition.

“The Jurassic World” sequel pushes the “diversity” agenda by introducing new characters appealing to the mainstream audiences, mostly to the millenniums.
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The geek squad is integrated by L.A. born, terrific young actor, Justice Smith ("Peper Towns" and “The Get Down” TV Series), who plays the goofy Franking Webb: He adds humor and tension in some of the dramatic moments.
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Likewise, the Mexican-American young actress Daniela Pineda (“Vampire Diaries”) is the brave assistant Zia Rodriguez.
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Daniela Pineda continues her ascendant career in Hollywood, steeply. She is terrific in this new "Jurassic World" movie.

On the contrary, Chris Pratt’s performance falls flat with some dormant moments that exasperate the audience due to the uncertainties and his lack of action. The famous superhero of many other franchises needs to reinvent himself for future sequels.   
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What is gratifying, is to see a familiar face in the art-house cinema circuit, such as the legendary actress Geraldine Chaplin (“Cria,” “Talk to Her,” “Sand Dollars”), who plays Iris the enigmatic custodian of the little heiress Maisie Lockwood, wonderfully acted by the newcomer Isabella Sermon.  
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I had the opportunity to be one of the first journalists to interview the Spanish director upon his arrival in America. At that time, J.A. Bayona was very proud of having Guillermo del Toro working on his first film “The Orphanage” as an executive producer. Ten years later, the Catalan visionary director has made it in Hollywood with this mega-blockbuster “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

The 170 million dollar newest addition to the franchise is much more vivid, even though the filmmakers try hard to place it outside the box, the Sci-Fi Dino-adventure is a loud ride.

The cinematography by Bayona’s longtime collaborator Oscar Faura is stunning but equally busy in the crucial moments.

The music by Michel Giacchino is boundless, but the sound effects and the sound-mixing made the entire movie way too noisy.

After watching “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” people may leave the theater with the same experience of having gone to a theme park for a fun and wild ride.
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