Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom (2018)

It’s tricky to make the 2nd instalment for a Trilogy, without it seeming like a bridge. This film, though relying vaguely on the back story of Jurassic World, stands confidently on its own while engaging the audience.

It’s a step forward in the area of genetic engineering, and sets up a simplistic plot to get the dinosaurs off the island. What ensues is some nurturing, some comedy, and some dare-devil acts never attempted before.

The result? Some decent twists and turns while keeping the human quotient intact. We feel for the survival and extinction of the species in an empathetic light.

3/5

Passengers (2016)

The director of Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum, brings us a lonely sci-fi flick which has various ‘what would you do scenarios’.

Chris Pratt plays a difficult role, for he makes a choice which was questioned by many. What would I do? I kept asking myself the same question. Not being in the same place or circumstance, it wasn’t possible to answer it. On a performance related note, he was engaging.

Jennifer Lawrence was her usual dependable self. Having a larger graph in her character, she displays more emotion. I wanted to see the story her way and I was happy with its conclusion.

The film has its special effects moments, its individual and couple moments, but what you take away is the question I mentioned. If you watch it, your answers would be appreciated.

3/5

Jurrasic World (2015)

Old is gold and sometimes should remain old. The 4th instalment of the magnificent Jurrasic park which released in 1994, is bitten hard by the capitalist bug and doesn’t impress.

Why a director like Colin Trevvorow who doesn’t have much to his credit was chosen for such an iconic film isn’t clear, but its effects are visible from the moment the film starts. The caricature like characters and the overly simplified setting the dinosaurs are in makes you wonder how much could go wrong.

And go wrong it does. Limited thrills ensue, with most of the good stuff already shown in the promo, all we want to know is how it will end. The last 15 minutes redeem the film with classic action and some humour.

The film made more than $500 million in its opening weekend, the first to do so! A sequel is in the offing. But it wasn’t a patch on the first film. The back ground score wasn’t well developed, the film lacked tension, urgency. The complications were either too easy or seemed forced. Some old moments and cast make you nostalgic, but otherwise the drama was extinct.

2.5/5

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie: A satire on popular culture, super heroes and classic tales, this super rich animation will dazzle you with its detail and very fine story telling. Our most beloved lego toy is transformed into an intricate world with a very ‘sticky’ problem. How the characters (who have superb voice over) navigate through their predicament, is unique and entertaining.

Kids may enjoy the visuals, but the underlying philosophy and the way it is communicated may not be straight forward for them to digest or decode. Either way, it’s a treat for children and adults, with the multi-talented voices of Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Channing Tatum, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Liam Neeson.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) present a superior quality of grown up humour combined with intelligent animation.

You are in for a laughter fix.

3.5/5

Delivery Man (2013)

I would like to clarify that this movie is nothing like the Hindi film VICKY DONOR. Yes, there is the similarity of a sperm donor, but that’s it.

This movie is based on a Canadian film named ‘Starbuck’, (see how much difference one ‘s’ makes at the end?). Director Ken Scott made that in 2011 and did the Hollywood version starring an appropriately aging Vince Vaughn in 2013.

With the trivia out of the way, I think it would be safe to say the film walks a tight rope and gets to the other side very well. It could easily slide into being mediocre, but keeps the emotional quotient high via believable performances and screenplay. Yes its pretty black or white, with no gray areas, but I guess that was the safest route.

The result? A sensitive film which speaks of family values, love, paternal feelings and modern day parenting challenges.

3/5