The ‘Jurassic’ Franchise Has Become A Fallen Kingdom

Yesterday I went to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hoping that the alarming Rotten Tomatoes score (a rotten 51%) wasn’t completely accurate and that I would end up actually liking the film. Wrong! This movie is clearly the worst film of the year I’ve seen so far and for so many reasons. So, I’m about to relay to you every reason why this movie was so lackluster in quality and there will be plenty of MAJOR SPOILERS so I advise you to discontinue reading this now if you don’t want to know any of the details of this film. Thank you for heeding this warning and I hope you enjoy. Let me tell you about this movie.

The Story

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I’ve just recently watched Ant-Man and the Wasp and the reason why that movie was so incredibly enjoyable was because of its simplicity. The same cannot, unfortunately, be said for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Unlike most Jurassic films which are essentially part horror/action films this movie was focused heavily on dialogue to spur forth the movie’s story. For some movies that works but for a franchise that is designed heavily on enjoyment via dinosaur chomping this was not a great change of pace.

For twenty to thirty minutes the movie sets up this plotline that the dinosaurs are about to become extinct (um, yay) and that there are those that want to make sure these prehistoric animals survive. That’s when Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who happens to run a dinosaur protection agency gets contacted by the Lockwood Estate (one-time friends of the pioneer, John Hammond who created Jurassic Park) to participate in an expedition to save the remaining dinosaurs before they are wiped out by a volcano. One of the dinosaurs the Lockwoods want is Blue, the velociraptor that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) trained and so she goes to recruit him for the rescue mission.

Owen, however, was one of the few people in the movie (besides Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm) to have a head on straight when it came to the annihilation of the dinosaurs. He knew they were about to go extinct but why should he care? He almost got eaten a numerous amount of times when things in Jurassic World went awry. Why on Earth would he want to go back to the same place that nearly killed him time and time again to save these man-eating monsters? But of course, because you can’t have Jurassic World without Chris Pratt in it, he decides to help his ex-girlfriend, Claire go save the dinosaurs and that’s when the movie basically starts.

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Keri Russel Is Rumored To Join ‘Episode IX’

Episode IX begins filming this month and it seems a new actress will be joining the cast for this Star Wars finale. FX’s The Americans actress, Keri Russel, is highly rumored to play a mystery role in the upcoming Star Wars movie and that’s exciting news indeed for two reasons.

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One, that means there will be even more fascinating female characters to enjoy in Star Wars. Disney has made the Star Wars franchise such an inclusive instrument of movie making and to see that yet another actress is set to appear in another Star Wars film is super excitign to see.

Secondly, it’s always fun contemplating who certain actors or actresses will be portrayed as. The easy answer is that she’s probably going to play an officer or commander of the Resistance because she just seems like the perfect candidate for that role. Or she could be on the First Order side of things and potentially be a major female villain for the film in the absence of Captain Phasma. Or…and this is where my imagination turns a little bonkers, but what if she was cast for the role of Rey’s mother?

The two actresses definitely have their similarities. They both have the same square face shapes and while Daisy Ridley is clearly a different complexion than Keri Russel that doesn’t matter as much because Rey has a father too. She could’ve gotten her complexion from him.

Wouldn’t this be an astonishing twist?! Here was Kylo Ren saying that her parents were drunkards who died in the Jakku desert and it turns out that they are in fact alive and well. That would be absolutely fascinating and would take the emotional complexity of Episode IX to the next level.

Of course, Keri Russel will probably not be playing Rey’s mystery mother but if she is I am going to lose it with excitement. Please J.J Abrams, please bring the conversation of Rey’s parents come around full circle in this most satisfying scenario. (Please.)

All in all, this is exciting news and I can’t wait to share more tantalizing rumors with you all. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.