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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jurassic World

Big summer blockbuster?  We're there.  Tickets purchased days in advance.  Arrive an hour or more before show time, obtain 3D glasses, get on line at the Imax theater so we can choose our seats. Obtain popcorn, drinks.  And then movie magic begins.

Our choice this weekend was obvious:  Jurassic World.

I saw the original Jurassic Park, but never saw  The Lost World or Jurassic Park III.  No matter, you can enjoy the current film without having seen any of the prior movies, though there are numerous references to the first film.

The plot of the film is simple:  22 years after the events in Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar is now a fully functional dinosaur theme park and resort.  Brothers Zach and Gray Mitchell are sent there to visit their aunt, Claire Dearing, the park's operations manager.  InGen's geneticists have created a new genetically modified dinosaur called Indominus rex , which Claire and the rest of the park's management are promoting as a way to increase declining attendance at the park. The new dinosaur escapes, and ...well, you can probably guess the rest. 

The cast features Chris Pratt (who I loved in Guardians of the Galaxy) as the dinosaur trainer Owen, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson as the cute kids, Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron's daughter, and she looks like him) as Claire, Vincent D'Onofrio (another of my favorites) as Hoskins, and B. D. Wong as Dr. Wu.  Great cast.  I loved Jimmy Fallon's cameo, too. 

Drew calls this  a "popcorn movie", where you check your brain at the door. While the film is primarily an action/adventure story, there are nods to scientific ethics, corporate sponsorship and corporate greed.    See how many products and businesses you can spot during the movie -- I saw Coke, Pandora, and Ben & Jerry's, to name a few.

And Parrotheads, take note:  There is a Margaritaville on Isla Nublar.  Jimmy Buffett wrote a song for this movie, "The Ever Elusive Future".  And yes, Buffett has a cameo -- though it's not as obvious as Fallon's, but if you pay attention, you'll see him.

A fun movie with great special effects, and the Imax 3D really enhances the experience.  Definitely worth seeing.

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