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Sunday, February 7, 2016


This much delayed reboot is a lot like the genetically engineered dinosaur that runs amok in the new & improved theme park: bigger, badder, missing any sense of wonder. There’s only so much a director, especially an inexperienced one like Colin Trevorrow, can do on these corporate vehicles*, but surely he could have done more to help his floundering cast. The danger-prone brothers who inevitably get lost are less cute than cringe-worthy; a few international names, added in to beef up foreign grosses, are borderline unintelligible*; and poor Bryce Dallas Howard, playing a misogynist role model, is inexcusably irritating. Even Chris Pratt, effortlessly fun, silly & winning in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY/’14, comes off more clunky than hunky. And in place of story or character development, big panoramic shots to hide the running-on-empty screenplay. Exec producer Steven Spielberg held up the start date for a rewrite . . . so, it all could have been worse? Depressing.

DOUBLE-BILL: *One of the keys to Spielberg at his best was in how he merged corporate edge with artistic instincts. His two sides have long been severed . . . to the detriment of both. Watch the casual loss happen right before your eyes moving from JAWS/’75 to JURASSIC PARK/’93 to JURASSIC WORLD/’15.

SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: *That’s Irrfan Khan of THE LUNCHBOX/’13 (see below) as owner of the park. The entire budget of which could have been covered by one day’s craft services on this film.

ATTENTION MUST BE PAID: Director Colin Trevorrow is already ‘announced’ for STAR WARS: Episode IX. Did the folks @ Disney watch the film or merely gaze at the bottom line?

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