This week on The Score, with Edmund Stone: movies depicting mythical end-of-time forecasts including Thor: Ragnarok, 2012, The Rapture, The Last Wave and more. Tune into All Classical this Saturday June 23rd at 2pm. www.allclassical.org/... See MoreSee Less
Twenty-five years after Steven Spielberg brought us the original Jurassic Park, the latest in the franchise Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom falls a bit short of what we’ve come to expect.
While visually stunning with exceptional CGI, Fallen Kingdom is light on plot and feels formulaic. Dinosaurs and bad guys are bigger and badder and the stakes are higher. The island that has more or less kept the dinosaurs secluded from the rest of the world is about to explode in a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who once helped exploit the dinosaurs in Jurassic World has now made it her life’s work to save them. Owen (Chris Pratt) is enticed into a rescue mission once he finds out his beloved Blue, a velociraptor he had raised by hand, is still on the island.
Laced with reminiscences of previous Jurassic Park films including an aging dino-centric billionaire (James Cromwell), his innocent young heiress (Isabella Sermon), and maniacal mercenary (Ken Wheatley) the movie sets up familiar conflicts of greed versus idealism and teeth versus guns. It does however take some bolder steps coaxing the viewer, through speeches made by Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to consider the ramifications of creating dinosaurs and using them for our own reasons.
There are still enough genuinely thrilling moments and fresh concepts to make it worth watching this summer. Daniella Pineda turns in a delightful performance as a paleo-veterinarian Zia Rodriguez, and Justice Smith injects the right amount of humor into his role as Franklin Webb, Jurassic World’s tech wizard suddenly forced to deal with claws instead of code.
As he did in 2015’s Jurassic World composer Michael Giacchino has created a thrilling roller-coaster ride of a score, deftly incorporating themes and motifs from John Williams’ iconic original Jurassic Park music. It was refreshing to enjoy quieter scenes without any music whatsoever. This is something composers seek but are rarely permitted to do in a big, high-volume film.
The ending of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets up the third and presumably final installment in the Jurassic World trilogy. Wrapping up the story with yet another warning from Ian Malcolm, the dinosaurs’ world – and ours – is about to change forever. ... See MoreSee Less
Fourteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel, but in this case, it was worth the wait. The Incredibles return to the cinema picking up where they left off, the Parr family are still imbued with an array of superpowers and haven’t aged, but some things have changed. With undertones of today’s real-world currents, “Supers” are now illegal, pursuing justice is deemed too destructive, and women are the new leaders. The secret agency that has supported The Incredibles is now closed and Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash and baby Jack Jack are facing being on the streets in two weeks unless Bob or Helen get a job. Just in the nick of time, Winston Deaver, a communications billionaire with a nostalgic fondness for “Supers” and his brilliant inventor sister Evelyn step in and propose a publicity stunt to help the public regain confidence in superheroes. They select Helen aka Elastagirl (Holly Hunter) to step into her old Incredibles role to save the day.
This puts Bob (Craig T. Nelson) into an entirely new, and far more challenging, role than he had ever experienced as Mr. Incredible – that of a full-time dad to three children. Even with the help of his old friend Lucius Best, the superhero Frozone, (Samuel L. Jackson) he struggles to manage the family – something Helen did with apparent ease. Violet (Sarah Vowell) is going through teenage dating angst, Dash (Huck Milner) seems to live to irritate Violet, and Jack Jack gets his superpowers. Meanwhile Elastagirl is now on a mission to thwart Screenslaver, a mysterious villain that hijacks any video screen and brainwashes his victims.
Michael Giacchino returns for a second Incredibles adventure. His score includes the original Incredibles theme, plus a wonderful nod to vibrant jazz throughout. It’s perfect!
Incredibles 2 is both vastly entertaining and culturally relevant, making it something viewers of all ages will enjoy. The plot has some genuinely fresh twists in it and at the same time is laced with charming nostalgic bits that will make older movie-goers smile. The animation is top notch and the ensemble of voices work perfectly together.
Family is at the heart of the movie, and Incredibles 2 takes family dynamics to an Incredible level. ... See MoreSee Less