Inside Out

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An assumption people had for a long time was that Pixar can do no wrong. For the most part, they’re kind of right. Very rarely does Pixar produce a dud and even when they do, there’s often still something redeemable about the film that prevents it from being bad (with the exception of Cars 2, which I just couldn’t stand.) The general confesses for the past few years is that Pixar’s best days are behind them, with films like Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University not preforming as well critically as other Pixar’s classics. (Though I personally consider Monsters University to be one of the studio’s more underrated films). With that said, many people were still looking forward to Pixar’s latest creation, Inside Out. The film had a unique concept that seemed to draw people in, so much so that it currently holds the record for the highest box office opening for an original film since Avatar. (A pretty impressive feat right there.)

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For starters, this is probably Pixar’s most abstract movie to date. not just in concept, but in execution as well. The story beats shown here are not uncommon for an animated family film, but the way they’re presented is wildly creative. Each of the main emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all have moments to shine and it’s likely that many will differ on who their favourite character/emotion was. The way Inside Out depicts the mindset of a child is extremely clever, and Pixar is once again proving themselves as one of the more “out of the box” studios when it comes to creativity. Like almost every Pixar film that came before it, Inside Out really is just as much for adults as it is for children. I think adults might get a BIT more out of it than kids though. The theatre I was in was full of young ones asking their parents questions about the plot and to be fair, this is a film that you really have to keep up with in order to fully grasp the plot, so young ones might find this one a bit harder to follow than say, Finding Nemo or Toy Story. That being said, this film is still bright and colourful and full of funny characters that will keep their attention, so I still think it’s a good film for the whole family to see. Just be prepared to have to answer a lot of questions about the film if your kid is below 7 years old.

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There’s not anything i can say about the animation that you don’t already know. It’s Pixar. it’s beautiful. You know the drill by this point. Inside Out does manage to stand on it’s own though as one of of the more simplistic looking styles that Pixar has produced. The emotions have very basic shape-like appearances, but their simplicity is part of their charm. The film’s story is sort of split in half, providing two slightly different animation styles. On one half, the story takes place in a very realistically portrayed world where we see a young girl named Riley just to moving into a new house in San Fransisco. The style presented in the scenes involving Riley and her parents are very grounded and not very exaggerated, focusing more on realism than the cartoony character designs that Pixar is usually known for. Once the film’s plot focuses on Riley’s emotions and the adventure they embark on however, the style becomes a lot more bouncy and cartoony as well as very vibrant colourful. It reminded me a lot of Wreck it Ralph, which is another great film that befitted from having a very bright and colourful world to explore. There are moments when the film does take some darker turns, creating more sinister or quieter environments. These moments are very effective and like most Pixar films, you’ll probably need to break out the tissues because this film can get very emotional. (pun intended.)

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Inside Out will feel like a return to form for many Pixar fans. While I personally felt like “Monsters University” was their real comeback, Inside Out is still a tremendously creative film that’s already making Pixar the king of the animation world again. if you’re sick of sequels and craving something that’s fresh and more original then any other film currently in theatres, then Inside Out is the way to go. One of the must sees of the year.

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Jurassic World

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Right off the bat, I feel like I should point out that I’m a huge jurassic Park fan. I’ve seen the first film more times than I can count and I own the entire series on various home video formats. The franchise what got me interested in film and filmmaking in the first place, and the original film is quite possibly my favourite movie of all time. I was six years old when the third film came out, and I remember hearing news about the upcoming fourth film. But after countless delays and script re-writes, we had to wait over a decade for the film to finally see the light of day. Now that Jurassic World has finally opened it’s gates, Only one question remains; was the painfully long wait worth it? Let’s take a look.

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Jurassic World serves as a soft reboot of the franchise. It makes many references to the original Jurassic Park film while still trying to be it’s own thing. The only returning cast member from the original film is Dr. Wu, one of the leading scientists at Jurassic World (although if you look closely you’ll spot some blink and you’ll miss it easter eggs that relate to the previous cast , including Dr. Malcolm’s book and Mr. DNA) I did find myself missing some of the older characters like Alan Grant and Malcolm. They’re just so iconic that I found it strange to see a Jurassic movie without them. Reminiscing, How’d the new cast do? It’s kind of a mixed bag. On one hand the performances are all good, with Chris Pratt unsurprisingly stealing the show, but the script that the actors are given is unfortunately a poor one. Some of the dialogue comes off as a bit awkward and cliche, (especially for the villain, who I won’t give away here but when you see the film it will be pretty obvious)  which makes some scenes harder to take seriously than others. Once in a while there’s some clever dialogue there, but alot of it is pretty safe and very few risks are taken.

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The film’s story is what’s really going to divide people. This is the definition of a big summer blockbuster, and the film appears to be aware of this. The film’s core concept of creating a genetically modified dinosaur works as a clever satire of the film industry and it’s obsession with  constantly trying to make things bigger and better. As a result of the film’s self-aware nature, it surprisingly has a lighthearted and goofy tone that I wasn’t expecting. While it might be hard to take the film as seriously as the original, it’s still a fun rollercoaster. The action scenes involving the dinosaurs are expertly handled and any fan will get a kick out of seeing their favourite Dinos on the big screen again. Some old favourites return, such as the Raptors (who once again play a major role in this instalment) and the Apatosaurus, as well as some impressive new creatures. The hybrid introduced in the film, known as the Indominus Rex, is an effective antagonist that boasts some frightening abilities that I won’t spoil here. jurassic-world-tyrannosaurus-rex-end-scene-3

My favourite Dinosaur featured in the film would have to be the T-rex. Without giving too much away, she’s featured in some of the most memorable sequences of the film, and her impact will surly leave an impression on viewers. What makes the Rexy’s inclusion in the story even more exciting is the fact that she’s the exact same T-rex from the original film, sporting the same scars from her battle with the raptors at the climax of the first movie. Speaking of climax, this film’s third act is the most fun of the year so far. It’s goofy and a little ridiculous at times, but it’s also undeniably awesome and crowd pleasing. Even if you dislike the film’s first and second acts, i still believe the climax is worth the price of admission alone. The film’s soundtrack is also my favourite of the year so far, featuring some new beautiful and intense themes while also reusing some of the classics from the original films.jurassic_world_2016-2048x1152

Jurassic World is a big goofy summer blockbuster, and it knows it. It’s campy nature is reminiscent of some of the 1960’s Godzilla films more than anything else, and while I know that’s going to disappoint some people, you can be rest assured that while the film is far from perfect, it makes up for it with it’s sheer fun factor. I’ll have to give it a little more thought to determine where I think this one ranks amongst the other Jurassic Park sequels, but It’s undoubtedly one of the better ones. Overall, if you’re in the mood for a big fun summer movie, I highly recommend you check Jurassic World out.

Tomorrowland

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Tomorrowland is a film that I struggle with. I highly enjoy quite a few of the things that it offers, such as It’s likeable cast, fun setting, great buildup and potent message and moral. However, I’d be lying if I said that I thought the execution wasn’t clunky, and as someone who’s a huge Brad Bird fan, that’s a little disappointing. But don’t go crazy on me yet, I didn’t say that the movie was bad, Nor is the movie great, It’s just kind of….goodish.

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For a film based on a theme Park ride that I knew little to nothing about before going in, I was impressed with how the film made it’s selling point, the futuristic setting of Tomorrowland, so captivatingly cool. The city doesn’t look all that different from something you’d see in Star Wars or Blade Runner, but what makes it cool is it’s vibe and purpose. Tomorrowland’s culture is built on positivity and creativity, the kind of world that I think we all ultimately strive for to some degree. Because of this Tomorrowland feels inviting as well as exciting I’d go as far to say that the special effects that bring the world itself to life are worth the price of admission alone, since the spectacle clearly demands to be witnessed on the big screen to get the full effect. Sadly, while the film’s biggest strength is it’s titular setting, we don’t really get to see Tomorrowland in it’s prime as much as I would’ve liked. We get glimpses of it here and there, and the more we see of it the more we want to go and visit the place, but the film’s primary focus seems to not be on the place itself, but the buildup. We spend a good chunk of the movie in an average present-day town rather than the future, and while the buildup is effective, it sadly lacks payoff, as the film’s third act is ultimately rushed and kind of a let down. There’s a twist revealed towards the film’s climax and while it presents some really cool ideas and even some thought provoking arguments, they unfortunately try to explain too much too quickly, not allowing much of it to effectively sink in with the viewer.

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The cast does a good job with what they’re given l and I can’t say that there’s a truly ‘bad’ performance to be found, but some of the dialogue feels hokey. Not all of it mind you, in fact the majority of the film’s script feels smart and even witty at times, which is to be expected from a Brad Bird story, (however I should mention that Brad Bird himself didn’t write the script. That credit goes to Damon Lindelof) but there are times where the story either feels a little too basic or a little too crowded with ideas and concepts. Alot of these issues don’t appear until closer to the third act though, and the first half of the film, for the most part, is enjoyable. The three main characters, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Athena (Raffey Cassidy) are good, with Frank Walker’s character arc being the most interesting of the bunch, but while none of them are bad, they aren’t exactly the most memorable cast either. If I’m being totally honest, my favourite part of the film was the action scene where Casey enters the vintage toy store to learn more about the pin that showed her glimpses of Tommorowland in the first place. The entire sequence is funny, action packed and filled with references to many of Brad Bird’s films (Such as The Iron Giant and The Incredibles) and even some other sci-fi related memorabilia hidden in the background. (Did anyone else catch that Godzilla toy on the shelf?) There’s a moment where the characters in the store even use Star Wars toys as weapons. I just found it so bizarre that I couldn’t help but immensely enjoy myself through the entire scene.

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Tomorrowland is a definite mixed bag that could’ve been so much more with a tighter script, but as it is, it’s a somewhat underwhelming entry in 2015’s summer movie lineup thus far. The ideas that the film presents are wonderful, and I think the message that it tries to convey is worth discussing and pondering after you leave the theatre, but because of the clunky story and lack of payoff, the film suffers from being unmemorable. Overall, not a bad movie and not a great movie. Just somewhere in the middle.