(*/****,…if that) What a horrendously bad, god-awful picture. After an hour I’d enough and it’s the first movie that I’ve actually walked out of in quite some time. The film was merely a repeat of the usual: Dinosaurs breaking loose, flipping cars and people running away. Some other problems: The acting was atrocious which gave this film the feel of a made-for-TV movie (Yes even with Chris Pratt). The acting was on par with that of “Home Alone 3”. It was simply that bad. Despite the modest budget the film also lacked realism –that is the dinosaurs looked fake and computerized. In fact the shark that succeeded Bruce in “Jaws: The Revenge” looked far more realer than ANY of the dinosaurs in this picture. I wasn’t overly shocked about any of this as I had my doubts after seeing all the trailers and loathing the two other sequels: “The Lost World” and “ Jurassic Park III” , but it did come as quite the surprise considering the technology to do the film right –that is to make the dinosaurs believable- is there. The absolute final straw for me was the film being littered with advertisements: Nissan, Coke, Starbucks, Mercedes Benz, eBay, Samsung (am I missing any more, and are the studios now so desperate for cash after the 40% home-video sales decline that they’re willing let any one person/company in)? Do yourself a favor and save your $17.50 (or whatever the hell they’re charging for IMAX 3D these days) and take your dad out for a nice father’s day brunch. -AKR
Great review, and by that I mean it matches my thoughts pretty much exactly.
The dinosaurs were great and there were plenty of thrills-- especially fun in a big, loud theater. But the plot's dependency on the beyond ridiculous "trainable raptors" really hurts the film's bottom line. The writers loved to mock jaded theme park audiences who needed "more teeth," but then turned around and did the same thing with the story-- did not trust a film audience to enjoy the sequel without giving it a dino twist.
I thought the attractive victim was being punished for a)being British and b) losing the kids and thus failing at her important maternal destiny.
Aunt Clare was a career crone who just needed the love of a 'real' man to be human and fufill her maternal destiny.
Nailed it with this review.
Can't agree with you. This movie was great fun!
Unfortunately I'm going to have to disagree with you; "American Sniper" was my pick for best film in 2014 followed by "Selma", "Whiplash", "Boyhood", "Locke" and "The Imitation Game". And that's saying a lot considering the strength of independent films last year. Regardless of one's stance on military operation this picture was an incredibly accurate portrayal of war and the emotional toll it has on a soldier’s personal life. I put “American Sniper” into the same category as “Apocalypse Now”, “Platoon” and “Saving Private Ryan”; structurally and narratively it’s that good and there is great chemistry between Eastwood and Bradley Cooper something that critics often fail to appreciate.
There's always a laughable facile quality to Mr. Brunson's scribbling, and here he certainly doesn't disappoint.
"its fudging of the facts never gets in the way of its sturdy liberal politics".
"a cowed U.S. media afraid of the right-wing hit machine"
Oh, and regarding "which naturally had to run in a non-U.S. paper" - Glenn Greenwald, also in The Guardian, on Obama's NSA, anyone?
Hockney-Falco doesn't just reveal Vermeer, but many other renaissance painters. Tim's Vermeer is for scholars by scholars. Still, I would accept this 80-minute documentary as the equivalent of a Masters Paper, not a doctoral dissertation.
I saw the film last night.. I felt violated and my intelligence offended.... Only thing that would have this film worse is if Melissa McCarthy was in....
This review pretty much sums up my experience perfectly. As a Marvel fan I'm very critical of these movies mostly because I remember how bad we use to have it (Corman F4 I'm looking at you) and how far we've come. Avengers 2 feels like a step backwards in storytelling. There are moments of genuine interest but as a whole the movie does not stand on it's own. Even the bumper scene is just a repeat from Avengers 1.
Thanks for writing, "Raymond." Although I don't share your (or Cronenberg's) viewpoint. There have been some superb superhero flicks with art AND form, just as there have been some awful ones with no redeeming qualities. To dismiss them all would be like dismissing all musicals, or all animated features, or what-have-you.
I can't believe you actually went. I consider all of these superhero features to be mediums and that's about it. Certainly not film. I think David Cronenberg said it best, "There boring. There's no art or form to them. It's just someone running around in a stupid costume."
Love the line George Kennedy says to an obnoxious brat who won't leave him alone, "Look kid why don't you go fuck a duck" in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot was hilarious to me.. His delivery was second to none.
I'd better look into getting glasses. On quick glance, I swore the headline read "...Adaline needs more masturbation."
I've gotta agree, this is too much a pretend "Feel Good" attempt at a story & less about what it ever was intended to be or could've been. It's "Fiction derived from truth", for the sake of uneven & gratuitous entertainment. Definitely NOT worth paying to see. IF one is going to painfully struggle through this movie, I'd advice that you wait for it to be released on either online, DVD or "free" Movie Channels.
"Jenison decides that Vermeer employed a camera obscura..and sets about using similar techniques and circumstances"
I don't think you even watched the entire movie.
Tom Whalen: Yes, my opinion of horror titles is "broadly contempuous [sic] and dismissive." That's why THIS VERY COLUMN includes a RAVE review for a horror film (BLACK SUNDAY). Insert eye roll here.
Why do you bother reviewing horror titles when you opinion of them is so broadly contempuous and dismissive?
I didn't think you could make a bad submarine movie until I saw K19: The Widowmaker. It's sad to see Neeson in the movies he's done in the last couple years.
I gave up on Ford when they made the 4th Indiana Jones movie. There's a reason they call it a trilogy...
Let's be honest Valerie Perrine was a heterosexual male guilty pleasure... She was all woman in an era where women were adored not these vapid stupid twit girls who are interchangeable and a dime a dozen on todays movie screen.
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