Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jun 22, 18 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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SYNOPSIS:

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia

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REVIEW:

Nerida

So, the first thoughts.

 

A huge improvement over the corny Jurassic World. Far from perfect, but surprisingly good, and it includes some of the most beautiful scenes in the whole franchise. There are moments brought real tears to my eyes, and that has never happened to me before in a JP movie.

 

The animatronics are back, and they are superb. They used them carefully and wisely to tell the story. T-rex is awesome. She is the most magnificent creature in the movie, and she got some really excellent appearances, in which she became a menace again.

 

The movie starts with a great opening sequence, and it builds up tension slowly, then all of a sudden it turns into a non-stop roller coaster. The acting is well held this time, and there is little to no cheesiness at all.

 

The nods to the first two films are subtle but well played. The movie is brimful of classic JP set-pieces and atmosphere. Bayona has nailed it with set-pieces.

 

As for the negatives, the movie has got too loud sometimes, and this made me feel that I need a break. It also dragged for about ten minutes in its third act. These were the main two things that bothered me the most.

 

All in all, it was worth waiting. Not great, but good, and really fun. It’s suspenseful, scary, heartbreaking, wonderfully filmed, and visually resplendent. There are three scenes here any fan can consider them some of their favourite scenes in the franchise.

 

Mister Bayona, after careful consideration, I’ve decided to endorse your park.

 

Long live Jurassic Park.

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Incredibles 2

Jun 18, 18 Incredibles 2

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SYNOPSIS:

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer).

Thanks to Disney Pixar Australia

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REVIEW:

Nerida

A sequel to The Incredibles has a lot to live up to. Pixar’s fresh, funny look at an ordinary family with extraordinary powers became an instant classic when it was released in 2004 – for very good reason. Writer-director Brad Bird struck a sublime balance between domestic drama and tongue-in-cheek satire – celebrating and sending up superheroes in equal measure. So, 14 years on, is Incredibles 2 worth the wait? Fortunately… yes. It doesn’t quite redefine or revitalise the genre, the way its predecessor did, but it’s still brilliantly funny, thoughtful and a pure joy to watch.

 

The film picks up exactly where The Incredibles left off – revealing that, as in often the case in real life, the happy ending was neither entirely ‘happy’ nor an ‘ending’. When we meet the superpowered Parrs again, they’re trying to figure out how to fight crime – not just as a team, but as a family. It’s more complicated and frustrating than any of them expects, especially when a botched mission yields catastrophic results… and a ban on superheroes.

 

This turn of events allows Bird to capitalise on the one element of Incredibles 2 that remains unique even in these superhero-obsessed times: the fact that the Parrs are a proper family, bound together by blood, love, duty and responsibility. That dynamic – anchored by the profoundly relatable tensions between husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister – was what made the first film such a delight to begin with.

It’s fair to say, however, that not everything about Incredibles 2 feels quite as effortless as it did for its predecessor. This time around, Bird’s screenplay isn’t as light and nimble in its examination of superheroes and the people who help and hinder them. The characters of Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn Deaver (Catherine Keener) are more grounded, for example, but also less interesting than the likes of supervillain Syndrome and super-sidekick Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson). The biting meta commentary of the first film is sorely missed. Some of the characters aren’t given much space to grow, either – Dash moves the fastest of them all, but feels like he doesn’t really go anywhere.

 

14 years on, you’d be perfectly justified to ask if there’s any point to Incredibles 2. After all, we now live in a cinematic era in which the superhero genre has established itself firmly in Hollywood. We’re intensely familiar with tales of ordinary people living and grappling with extraordinary powers. In the decade and a half(ish) that has passed since, Pixar has also released a bunch of sequels to films that didn’t require or deserve them (*cough*Cars*cough*). It’s enough to make you doubt if the Parrs have anything left to say – and if it would be said well. Thankfully, the wit and wonder of Incredibles 2 proves that good things do indeed come to those who wait – and that we’d be happy to wait for even more.

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Ocean’s 8

Jun 13, 18 Ocean’s 8

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SYNOPSIS:

Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) estranged sister Debbie (Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Blanchett), Rose (Bonham Carter), Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Tammy (Sara Paulson), Amita (Mindy Kaling), and Constance (Awkwafina).

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REVIEW:

Nerida

From the first scene, it is clear that Ocean’s 8 plans to follow the exact same beats as the original, which may be enough to turn off viewers who are looking for something original. However, the movie picks up as soon as Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) begins recruiting her partners-in-crime for her planned robbery at the Met Gala. Sandra Bullock proves equal to the legacy of George Clooney as the lead, and her team of robbers are impeccably cast. Each one possesses their own particular brand of coolness; iconic actresses Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter delight as much as newer actresses Rihanna and Awkwafina. Anne Hathaway in particular seems to have a lot of fun playing the prima donna Daphen Kluger. Their confident performances give the sense of female empowerment that the film undoubtedly wanted.

 

Unfortunately, the film does not spend enough time with the characters, and instead delves into the comparatively lacklustre heist-plot. Aside from the glamorous dresses and celebrity cameos, the Met Gala is not different enough from previous settings to stand out. Strangely, the level of difficulty of the robbery seems softened for the female version. This may be because audiences know what to expect from previous films, or because the writing is simply lazy. At multiple points, plot holes are hastily stitched together or ignored. On top of this, the movie contains unnecessary flashbacks and explanations, further dulling the excitement. Instead of making good use of the spectacular cast and fun characters, the writers and director feel like they cannot deviate from the formula established by previous Ocean films. This is not only boring, but it also leads to the aforementioned plot holes.

 

Viewers who have not seen Ocean’s Eleven or who are just looking for some brainless fun will be satisfied, but those hoping for a new spin on the series will be disappointed. It is not the all-female cast that hurts this movie; they are the film’s greatest strength. It is the unwillingness to break out of an old creative mould that prevents the female version from being as good as it deserves to be.

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Belle and Sebastian 3: Friends for Life

Jun 12, 18 Belle and Sebastian 3: Friends for Life

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In Cinemas JUNE 28

SYNOPSIS:

The heart-warming story of lifelong friends continues with the third instalment in the Belle & Sebastian franchise. A now 12 year-old Sebastian has decided not to follow his father and Angelina to Canada, deciding to stay in the alps to watch over Belle who has now become the mother of three beautiful pups. When a stranger arrives claiming to be Belle’s rightful owner, Sebastian will do everything it takes to protect his best friend and her little ones.

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Ideal Home

Jun 11, 18 Ideal Home

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In Cinemas JUNE 21


SYNOPSIS:

In IDEAL HOME, celebrity chef Erasmus (Steve Coogan) and his partner Paul (Paul Rudd) have a happy and rather self-indulgent life together. Their perfect existence is turned upside down when, at a dinner party, Erasmus is confronted by the grandson he never knew he had. With the child’s father in prison it seems he has nowhere else to go and so, after much debate they decide to take him in. With changes and challenges on both sides, this could prove a recipe for disaster. Filled with heart and humour, this new family looks set to serve up one of the most deliciously funny films of the year.

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