The year: 1993 and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park revolutionises special effects in cinema. Cinema-going audiences flock to see dinosaurs live and breathe again, right before their very eyes. The film remained the highest-grossing film of all time until 1997 when James Cameron’s Titanic stole its crown, but the influence felt by Jurassic Park has continued to be felt to this very day.
Four sequels followed, all of which failed to recapture the absolute magic of the original, but did have differing degrees of success, both critically and commercially. 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park was profitable but was seen as something of a disappointment by critics. Continue reading →
“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 →
Update (30/03/2018): It was announced today in a statement released by Universal Pictures that Colin Trevorrow will direct the final instalment in the Jurassic World trilogy. The as yet untitled Jurassic World 3 will be released in the summer blockbuster season of 2021.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t even in cinemas until June, yet Universal are moving forward with its sequel. Currently titled Jurassic World 3, the film is planned to wrap up the new Jurassic trilogy, ending the story that director Colin Trevorrow dreamt of bringing to the big screen.
Naturally there is no plot, no director and no details of anything to do with the film whatsoever. With a release date scheduled for June 11th 2021, exactly three years after Fallen Kingdom, Universal obviously has very high hopes for this year’s sequel. It remains to be seen whether it can match the record-breaking numbers of its predecessor.
With that in mind, I’ve lined up five directors who I believe could take over from J.A. Bayona and create a fitting ending to this new trilogy and a couple of directors who should stay well clear. Let’s take a look. Continue reading →
2018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in cinema ever, if not the biggest. If you thought 2015 was exciting, take a look at the Movie Metropolis Film Calendar and prepare yourself, there’s some serious celluloid coming to screens everywhere over the next 12 months.
However, there are a few blockbusters that I’m a little concerned about. It’s also unfortunate that my favourite ever franchise also features on this list, but more on that a bit later. Here are 5 movies that I’m worried about in 2018. 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. Continue reading →