Jurassic World

I don’t know about you but I am really looking forward to Jurassic World next year.

I’m not always in favor of sequels like this. Sequels that happen many years after the first or second or third installments. Sometimes they just seem like money grabs, or efforts by the main actors to remind audiences that they can still be as cool as they were in the first movie.

The fifth Die Hard, A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), was slightly disappointing for me. Granted I only saw it once in theatres so I should probably watch it again to make the best judgement, but I don’t even want to watch it again. That is saying something. I felt like it did not try enough to keep the heart of the previous films. Little things that could have made it feel more like a Die Hard movie were not there when they could have been. For example there were two FBI agents who could have been named Johnson. Yeah it’s repeating a joke, but it was already repeated in Live Free Or Die Hard (2007), and I think a lot of fans of the franchise would appreciate the nod. If someone didn’t appreciate it, maybe they should watch any other movie that is purely an action thrill ride, rather than this series which is pretty corny and has an actual fan base. And I mean that in a really good way. Maybe I’m too hard to please because when it comes to film series I need just the right amount of fan pandering to be happy.

Terminator: Genisys? *Sigh.* Okay, Arnold, show us what you got. I probably won’t be spending money to see this one in the theatre though. And if they do not address the misspelling in the title I will be very unforgiving. It brings to mind how upset I was at the Star Trek Into Darkness title for not following the traditional Star Trek title formula complete with colon. But let’s not get started on the Star Trek franchise (there’s a pretty massive love/hate relationship going on there).

Jurassic World though, whether it’s my love for dinosaurs or Chris Pratt, has my attention. I’m hoping that at least some of the dinosaurs will be sporting some cool feathers ( I wrote a biology paper on feathered dinosaurs so I think they are pretty sweet). To have my primary critical moment though, why would you actually go ahead and build the park where just about everyone from the first three movies died? Come on. That’s like assuming that humans can control AI’s after they decide that humans suck and should die. Haven’t these movie scientists seen as many movies as the rest of us? I do however feel like this installment will provide closure about what a working park would be like, and that’s why I’m excited for it. I didn’t even realize that I needed to know how the thousands of people on the island would die in an operational Jurassic Park until I saw the preview for Jurassic World!

Before I finish I feel like I have to give credit where credit is due. Toy Story 3 clearly is NOT on my list of sequels that fail. But it is of course on my list of things that make me cry every goddamn time I see it.

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