Geetha’s back to wow you with another amazing set of reviews! We’ve got JURASSIC WORLD comin’ at you, along with ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL and MADAME BOVARY. What summer movies are worth your hard-earned dime? Read on!
Dinosaurs! Oh no! It’s no joke, they really are cloning dinosaurs. You and I know it, but apparently scientists with PhD’s don’t: you cannot control nature. You may think you can, but it’s just an illusion (how long are you able to stay away from ice cream and potato chips?). In JURASSIC WORLD, this point is smacked home with the assistance of some seriously awesome CGI. In the story, dinosaur parks have become common—so common indeed, that ‘dinosaur trainer’ is a real occupation. Owen (Chris Pratt) is one. He works at Jurassic World, and even has a show that he and his velociraptor team put on for the tourists who visit the popular Costa Rican dinosaur park and luxury resort.
He’s dressed like Indiana Jones (he’ll be playing the part in that reboot), and even acts like that character — intelligent, and macho in a tolerable way. The park manager and his love interest is the uptight and elegant Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). This particular summer, the park is preparing to reveal its stupendous new attraction —- Indominus rex -— a genetic monster created by the illustrious and thoughtful team of PhD Henry Wu (BD Wong), and military consultant Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio). The billionaire park owner Masrani (Irfan Khan) couldn’t be any more proud. Claire’s on edge, particularly since she has to care for her two small nephews (Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins) who’re visiting her.
As usual, the success of the park depends on the dinosaurs behaving as the dumb creatures they’re supposed to be. I really hope you go see this movie. Stunning CGI, good emotional engagement, and tremendous action will ensure that you get your money’s worth. Don’t be concerned about the film’s wink at the “bigger, awesomer, nastier” trend of today’s blockbuster, outdated gender archetypes, or the all-too-obvious disruption of the latter: they won’t detract from the enjoyment factor in this Spielberg-produced flick directed by Colin Trevorrow. See the trailer here:
ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL
Think of ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL as a cooler FAULT IN OUR STARS. There’s no weeping, and no nookie. You’ll actually end up laughing at this indie flick directed by former Martin Scorsese PA Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Thomas Mann is Greg, an awkward Caucasian teen, who’s forced by his mom (Mollie Shannon) to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate stricken with leukemia. Greg works up the courage to show her the short parodies he’s made of classic films with his pal Earl (RJ Cyler); and Rachel gets them.
Soon, Greg’s inspired to make a short about Rachel’s situation. As for romance, Greg is interested in another classmate (Katherine Hughes), so it allows him to depict Rachel and her deterioration in a realistic manner. Nick Offerman is Greg’s dad, and Jon Bernthal is the tattooed history teacher in this indie that’s chock-full of quotes, name-checks, and arty film composition. Be warned -— it’s a very quirky, film-buff kind of flick. Some of you may find the protagonist quite annoying, and the entire project self-indulgent and empty. However, it’s also devoid of any corny Hollywood nonsense. Here’s the trailer:
Elsewhere, we have Mia Wasikowska as Madame Bovary in the movie of the same name. It’s based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, and is directed by Sophie Barthes. Bored by her married life in rural Yonville, the lovely protagonist attempts to stave off said emotion by first screwing around (Ezra Miller, Logan Marshall-Green), and then by becoming a shopaholic. Soon, her debts to unscrupulous merchant Monsieur Lheureux (Rhys Ifans) threaten the family. A somewhat dull depiction of a passionate story. However, the production design is excellent.
View the trailer here:
It looks like your choice for this weekend is pretty clear. See you at the movies!