Visually stunning. The story was better than I had expected as it kept me engaged for the run-time, but it was so over-the-top that it’s not surprising to see DC needing to review its ongoing slate 😉
The first half started out like a rollercoaster action sequence. Suspend belief and go along for the ride – it’s a good one. But we needed to look at the plot which sees the fairly usual corruption within the benevolent organisation which began it all and tries to tie things back to the founders of the original Jurassic Park. In general, the action is good but some of the threads linking the pieces together, not so much. And you have Dr Malcolm’s monologue bookending the whole proceedings earning us of the dangers of opening Pandora’s box of the ‘genetic age’. This felt a little like reworking some of the earlier messages of Crighton’s work, as well as the dialogue, and didn’t really do anything aside from setting up the next instalment where a few dinos are on the loose on the mainland (sorry, spoiler). But the mainland has significantly more resources than the characters do in their sandbox environments on the island or in the house, so I can’t see them posing a real threat – more like Bigfoot tales.
My main gripe was the handling of the Indo-raptor hybrid when it decided to go outside, climb up on the roof, then climb down the front of the building and in through the little girl’s window, shadows from lightning and all showing clawed hands and teeth. It felt like we were drawing too much from the days of Nosferatu and shadow play for easy scares. And the now-famous T-Rex was seen periodically doing its posing roar that, in an earlier instalment set it up as an A-list carnivore, but now looks like it’s simply posing for the camera like a celebrity does (see Alex in the original Madagascar movie).
Other than that, a good popcorn movie.
Spoilers ahead …
The first instalment was something different and so was fresh and new. However, the second one – despite having the same hallmark traits – felt at times like it was trying to outdo its predecessor while nodding its head towards the shadowy world that John Wick inhabits. However, I did not feel the organisation which John was eventually exiled from was really given enough depth in the film and, although it was a comic book originally, it doesn’t have to be treated with the same styling as if it were panels on a page.
The jury is out whether I will watch the third instalment at the moment as I did not feel this outing developed the world in sufficient depth to warrant further attention. The movie was still good but felt flat compared to the first. The position John Wick is left in at the end of the film makes the third feel like an outlandish set-up – John vs the World.
Poignant and grown-up at the same time as embodying the irreverent fun of a Lego adventure. The whole cast of DC villains is here, along with a few from other franchises (Harry Potter, Dr Who, etc). Fun movie with a heart and a message.
Disjointed in places, and seeming to need to embrace modern memes or pop culture references instead of better writing that would be more relevant to the alternate universe. Racial stereotypes abound in this movie, which is often common in fantasy stories but feels less appropriate in a modern setting and especially so with today’s movement towards better inclusivity.
A lot of the details seem left out also, reasons why things are happening – all the stuff you need to spend time on to build a cohesive world framework – in favour of the buddy-cops-in-over-their-heads motif which pervades the film. You have the “bent cop” sequence (human), the “ninja assassins” (elves), the “criminal gang lair” (orcs) strung together with either chase or hide-and-seek sequences.
After a disjointed start, it settles into a watchable action/thriller yet occasionally leaves you wondering what just happened only to carry on regardless. Naturally, it wraps up nicely for our heroes and sets the scene for more outings with the Brights.
Hopefully, it may spend a bit more time on each of the races, break down the stereotypes and spend more time explaining some of the details. It may then stand on the shoulders of this “welcome to Bright” movie.
It looks like Deadpool is getting more integrated into the MCU with this instalment in the series. It kept the elements that worked in the first one and fine tuned them to feel more polished. Yes, the humour was often puerile; Yes, the violence was often graphic; Yes, the action sequences were as you’d expect. And, it gave us glimpses into mutant correction facilities we don’t hear about elsewhere (aside from maybe Agents of SHIELD on TV) which could open a new roster of villains for Phase 4, and kept a cohesive plot with developed character arcs and a grounded story of human choice which can be summarised in the old Cherokee Proverb about “The Wolf You Feed”:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
In my view, I thought this movie was better than the first and, with the post-credits scenes, we see how the events in this movie could easily tie in to Avengers 4 depending on which rumours you want to believe about how the Avengers “fix” “that” ending in Infinity War.