J.A. Bayona is one of the most exciting directors working today, a bold statement that maybe, but in this review, I’ll tell you why. His knack for creating superbly shot, engaging films like The Orphanage and The Impossible has meant many in Hollywood have been keeping an intrigued eye on him.
His hard work paid off in 2018 when it was announced he would be taking over directorial duties on the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom, and despite a less than stellar critical response, no-one could argue that it was the most beautiful film in the Jurassic saga. Before he took on that behemoth of a movie however, Bayona was busy working on A Monster Calls, based on the book of the same name by Patrick Ness. But how does it stack up when compared with the rest of the director’s resume?
It’s that time of year again, folks. The 2019 Alternative Oscars from Movie Metropolis are now open. Last year we had nearly 1,000 votes and we’re hoping to make this year even better, with your help of course.
Towards the end of this article you will notice a link that will allow you to complete the survey and submit your response for the best blockbusters of last year. From Mary Poppins Returns to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War to Halloween, they are all looking for your to back them in this year’s Alternative Oscars. Continue reading →
Foreword by Adam Brannon: We’re rounding out 2018 with a monster-sized interview. For those who have been living under a rock for the majority of the last twelve months, 2018 signals the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, Jurassic Park.
The influence this film had on cinema post-release is something truly special. It revolutionised special effects on the big screen and brought realistic CGI and animatronic dinosaurs into Hollywood for the very first time.
To celebrate, and in our final post of 2018, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jurassic World’s Courtney James Clark, who most of you will recognise as the park’s Mosasaur keeper. I spoke to her about her time working on the film and her career in general. Continue reading →
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 →