Jake Johnson

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.

Let’s be Cops

So I think back in 2007 someone watched Superbad, and had a lot of fun watching Seth Rogen and Bill Hader. I think they probably woke up the next morning and say, man that would be fun to be Cops like those guys. We should be Cops. Or better yet, let’s make a movie about guys trying to be cops! And so, let’s be Cops was written.

Let’s be Cops stars the son of Damien Wayans, Damien Wayans Jr. Jake Johnson, Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, and James D’Arcy. The film was written, produced, and directed by Luke Greenfield. The story follows to best friends (Wayans Jr and Johnson) as two average Joes who end up pretending to be cops due to a lack of excitement in their lives. Hey end up in too deep when they get wrapped up in a dirty cop conspiracy involving a truly dangerous arms dealer.

The film is mildly predictable yet pretty funny. It is definitely not the funniest of the year, but it is still a good film. As with most comedies, I was sitting in the film for the first half hour chuckling, but in my head saying “well that was on the trailer, that was on the trailer, so was that” but then, in the 2nd act of the film, something happened. The trailer ended. And it became a film with new laughs I haven’t seen! It is extremely enjoyable after that. It is nice to see a comedy that actually didn’t give away 90% of the film in the trailer.

The best part of the film is obviously Wayans Jr. and Johnson’s chemistry. The two work together on Fox’s New Girl, so they already have the history together. You see these two on film and they just fit. You feel the best friendship between the two. Nina Dobrev plays the love interest to Wayans Jr’s character, and she is very good in the film. And extremely hot I must say. The big surprise is Andy Garcia. I didn’t even realize he was in this film! Not something I would expect to see him in, but at the same time, he was incredible as always.

Let’s Be Cops does have its problems. The script is very choppy, and the pace can be a little off. There are times when the jokes don’t hit as often as you would like. And obviously, as it seems to be basically believable, there are a few moments when you say to yourself “This could never happen”. But for the most part it is a very fun film.

All in all the film is fun. It is one that you can check out in the afternoon if you don’t have anything going on and walk out entertained. The young cast look to have bright futures. Nina Dobrev, and Jake Johnson are a lot of fun to watch. Johnsons’ rather dry humor is entertaining, and I look forward to his career going forward. And Dobrev, she can be a major Hollywood babe. Just takes a few good roles. I am a huge fan of Damien Wayans, and Jr is a splitting image of him. He has very good comedic timing. Just like his father. I’m giving Let’s be Cops a 3.6 on the Jeebus Score, Check out the Matinee.