BD Wong

Universal Studios

Jurassic World: The Park is Open

So I have been a Jurassic Park fan my entire life nearly. One of my earliest memories going to the theater was going to see Jurassic Park. And I think of that memory every time I watch it. I was so scared when the T-Rex first broke loose; my dad had to take me out of the theater for a few minutes to collect myself. I can’t even imagine how many times I have watched it. I even really enjoyed The Lost World Jurassic Park. Not a big fan of 3, but I do own it, on Blu-ray. This is how big of a fan of Jurassic Park I am. So needless to say, I was super excited for Jurassic World. I hoped and prayed that this wasn’t just another rip off sequel like 3, and it got back to the heart of the series. And well, I’ll say this, I was not disappointed.

Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, and Irrfan Khan, and directed by Collin Trevorrow, Jurassic World picks up 2 decades after the original. The Park is now open and operating to full extent of John Hammond’s dreams. However people are beginning to become stale to the fact that these Dinosaurs are alive and kicking. They want bigger, badder, and meaner. So the Scientists behind the creation of these Dinosaurs create a brand new species born from crossing many different DNA codes from many different animals. When this new creation, the Indominus Rex, escapes, the powers that be must go on a hunt to stop this creature from reaching the guests.

Let me tell you, this film is really good. It is a lot of fun, but there are a lot of problems. But before I get into those let’s talk about what I loved. Chris Pratt has proven once again he is a freaking movie star. There was a lot of worry that he was just going to be “Chris Pratt” again and that he would become a Vince Vaughn like actor, only playing himself in films. But he really branches out and tones down the Prattness. He’s funny, he’s a believable badass, and he’s a fun character. Likewise I really liked Jake Johnsons supporting role as a park technician. It was great to see BD Wong back, as well as all the other Easter eggs and throw backs to the original series. This film gives you the dinosaurs like you wished Godzilla would have given you Godzilla. The CGI is crisp; I only really noticed green screening in maybe one shot.

But that’s not say this movie doesn’t have its problems. Bryce Dallas Howard is awful for about 80% of this film. She is stale, has no chemistry Pratt, and like the rest of the characters, other than former 2 mentioned, is completely overdone. She turns it around in the later act of the film and isn’t so bad, until the final shot. Vincent D’Onofro’s character is a one note cartoon villain. Complete waste of story and plot goes to the back story of the two kids. It didn’t need to be there. Every time they are dealing with what is meant to be a heartfelt story, it comes off as cheesy. Khan is the most over the top of any of the characters, and needed to tone down. Speaking of tone it is all over the place. Force feeding you comedic relief. It does not have the charm that Ian Malcolm had in that original film. The dialog is also some of the worst I have ever heard. In the original you cared about what each person was talking about whether dinosaurs were on screen or not. This go around you kind of just want them to get back to Dinosaurs. There is also never really that tension you felt in the first. The fear. Like the in the Kitchen with the Raptors and Lex and Tim. There is no deeper intense scenes, just, cool dino action.

All that said, I still really enjoyed the movie. It is a lot of fun, even though it kind of takes that approach of monster movie from that third film tried to be, rather being a film about not just dinosaurs, but the repercussions of messing with the genetics of these extinct creatures. The first film had a scene where they sit around and discuss the problems with the scientific research behind the creation of the creatures, and you cared, you bought into it. This one is kind of like, they are here, and they are scary and badass! Cool! So it doesn’t have the story and characters that grip you into the film, but it have the fun.

All in all Jurassic World was a great monster movie, and an ok sequel to Jurassic Park. Definitely better then 3, not as good as 1, and probably on par with 2. It did however get a complete .5 bonus from me, for a scene that I can’t tell you about because it is kind of a spoiler in final showdown. So with that .5 Jurassic World rounds out to a Jeebus Score of 3.9! So what do you think Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Jurassic World? Have you seen it already, or are you planning to see it? What did you think? Let me hear from you in the comments below.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Margot Robbie, Focus

FOCUS, February is almost over!

Will Smith is a guy that has always been a Movie Star. Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, Ali and the list goes own. There was a time when putting Will Smith in your movie, nearly guaranteed it would open. Then came the days of his son Jaden, and it seemed that Smith began to push his son on us. Rumors swirled about Smith being difficult to work with on set, crazy demands and what have yous. Then came After Earth. Yeah, that garbage. Well truth be told, I never lost faith in Smith. I don’t much care for his son, but I for one will always venture out to see a Will Smith flick. So now that Focus has been released, obviously out I went to see the film starring Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro.

Professional con-man Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) finds himself falling for Jess Barrett (Robbie) as they pull off a week long thieving and scamming ring during super bowl week in New Orleans. When things become too personal, Nicky leaves with no explanation. Years later as Nicky is the midst of new con, Jess comes streaming back into his life, this time, on the opposing team, standing side by side with billionaire racecar owner Garriga (Santoro). Who’s playing who, who is conning who, and who will come out on top?

The film is a lot of fun. Is it the most believable? Absolutely not. It is a heist film that obviously goes above and beyond the norm. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Certain scenes get really intense, and pulled me in. When a film can make me sit up and really care about what’s about to happen, it makes me believe in it, that’s when I know I’m watching something ill enjoy for years to come. The subtle jokes hit well with me, everyone in the film fit their roles perfectly. Visually it was shot well, and Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direction, was perfectly paced.

Now I am going to drop off a little on a bit of a side track here. Smith and Robbie had incredibly chemistry together in this film. When they are on screen together it just fun to watch. Was it these characters, or these actors? I think it is a combination of both. Which makes me super excited for their upcoming adventure in the DC film, Suicide Squad. In Suicide Squad Smith and Robbie will be playing Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively, and I am so excited! They play off each other so well, and if the Suicide Squad film plays out anyway like Batman: Assault on Arkham then we know these two will have quite a bit of screen time together.

So, Focus is a film that I honestly enjoyed. It was a lot of fun, it was kept me on the edge of my seat, kept me guessing with all the twist and turns. I’m giving it a bonus of .3 for the chemistry between Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and a score of 3.5, which gives us a Jeebus Score of 3.8! So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you a Will Smith fan? A fan of his kid? Are you going to see Focus? Are you excited to see Smith and Robbie in Suicide Squad? Sound off in the comments below?!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.