Jurassic World – First Day First Show

With Shreekant

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A typical summer block-buster padded with cliches like gun-totting ex-army men who just wanna burn and shoot everything, a career woman who wears Prada in an animal park, Christ Pratt doing one more of his something-cowboy acts – bike and all, a Chinese doctor called Dr. Wu (!), a flamboyant businessman who goes down in blazes of glory, two kids with divorcing parents and growing-up pangs, and enough self-references to the first movies, and product placements from Samsung to Starbucks — And yet, a rather enjoyable affair !!

The CGI dinosaurs are extremely convincing. The fight sequences are done with a good sense of direction and orientation. Some of the sights are terrific. The three sequences where the water-giant Mesosaur appears are probably the best. Hopefully this will get general public to look beyond T-Rex. The Raptors are terrific too, and the final fight sequence is quite satisfactory. The theme park itself, with 20,000 daily visitors, comes across very convincingly.

The story is linear and rather hollow though, along with its male chauvinistic undercurrents. There is wonder in some of the set pieces in terms of visuals (the attack on and from the aviary, for example), but no sense of suspense or drama. The suspense of what DNA goes into the new dinosaur is hardly convincing. And there is no gore. Not one bit. All the blood on screen must have come from a single test-tube.

It is a popcorn fare, made for 4 year old who watch it with bated breath. This last one is guaranteed though !

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