“We’re not on an island anymore” barks Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady towards the finale of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And he’s not wrong, the fifth film in the Jurassic franchise says goodbye to Isla Nublar in rip-roaring fashion, transforming itself into a a family friendly gothic horror film in its last hour.
Ok, ok, let’s start from the beginning. The Jurassic franchise has often been criticised for relying too heavily on the same story points to make a film. 2015’s Jurassic World, whilst becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time, was lambasted for being a modern-day reimagining of 1993’s classic, Jurassic Park. And while some of that criticism was justified, it was still pure sugary, popcorn entertainment.
Now, three years later, director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) takes over from Colin Trevorrow to bring us a film that starts out like we expect, but ends on a note that will transform the series beyond recognition. The question is, does it actually work? Continue reading
Updated. Check out our full review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jurassic World was one of the biggest hits of 2015, grossing over $1.6billion worldwide and becoming the fourth highest-earning film ever.
Naturally, Universal Pictures greenlit a sequel soon after the film’s colossal success with its title being revealed as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earlier this year. Story details are incredibly scarce so far, but fans have been quick to spot teasers from both Universal and Jurassic Park aficionados too.
With that in mind, join me for a look at the long-awaited Jurassic World sequel and see what fans, and newcomers alike, can expect. A spoiler warning is in force, so if you’d like to go into JW2 with your eyes firmly closed, don’t read on.
2016 really does belong to Disney. The House of Mouse has been churning out some incredible films this year with the live-action remake of The Jungle Book proving sceptical audiences (and critics) completely wrong.
The BFG was a pleasant and inoffensive adaptation of Roald Dahl’s wonderful novel and Finding Dory got Pixar back on the right track, and let’s not forget Captain America: Civil War, by far the best superhero film of the year.
Here, Disney continues its trend with recreating its classic cartoons in live-action; resurrecting Pete’s Dragon. But is this remake of the 1977 film of the same name as good as The Jungle Book? Continue reading
By Adam Brannon
Can you believe it’s been one year since the release of Jurassic World? The long awaited third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster smashed box-office records across the globe, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time in less than a month.
It now stands as the fourth highest-grossing film, surpassed by Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Titanic and Avatar. Here, Adam Brannon pays a special birthday tribute to the film with a special MM Top 5. Naturally, a prehistoric-sized spoiler warning is in force. Continue reading
Jurassic World has broken many records
When Jurassic Park was released way back in 1993, analysts predicted big things for the prehistoric blockbuster and the same can be said for its two sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III.
However, the release of Jurassic World just over a month ago took people completely by surprise. There was no doubt it would be successful, but just how successful has shocked the entire film world.
Helmed by an unknown director, with some pretty uninspiring trailers and a disappointing toy line, a few websites had it as one of their ‘at risk’ films of 2015. How wrong they were.
The film has now grossed over $1.4bn globally and shows no real signs of slowing down. It broke dozens of film records across the world and threatens to topple Avengers Assemble as the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Adam Brannon takes a look at what went so very right for the Colin Trevorrow directed follow-up. Continue reading