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|Subject: Re: Was JW too much an action movie for your taste? Fri Apr 22, 2022 9:35 am|| |
- Rhedosaurus wrote:
- #TRexSpinorematch wrote:
- Rhedosaurus wrote:
- CT-1138 wrote:
- Truth be told, Jurassic Park, as a franchise, was never meant to be a fun action packed blockbuster flick. It was meant to be a serious science fiction film that discusses both the wonders and flaws of genetic technology, and an insight into the consequences of when humans try to play God. Kids were an afterthought, a demographic you could sell toys and happy meals to, but not necessarily consider to see the movie. Spielberg wanted the movie rated PG-13 so that it specifically wasn't for kids. He even financed a movie along side the one he was making called "We're Back! A Dinosaur Story" that he wanted to be the kid-friendly alternative to "Jurassic Park". Kids were not his intended target demographic for the movie. The fact that kids could enjoy the movie was a separate matter, however the movie was not made with children in mind. Sure, there were a few yucks thrown in, but pretty much every joke in the original two movies were the result of writer David Koepp's inclusion in the writing team. Ian Malcolm's sarcastic wit? All Koepp. Take that away, read the drafts done before Koepp, and you have a film whose tone is much closer to the serious science thriller that was Crichton's work. "Jurassic Park" had plenty of intellectually thought provoking dialogue of which Jurassic World had little. I don't doubt the director Colin Trevorrow's ability to direct a film, however his and writer Derek Connolly's writing skills (especially Connolly's) leave something to desired. The one liners aren't as memorable, and the dialogue is not as thought provoking nor as intellectual. I found that Trevorrow and Connolly were unable to conform to the writing style of the previous films chief writing staff members (in "Jurassic Park's" case: David Koepp and Michael Crichton).
All of this. The main problem I have with the JW movies are that they are basically 'here and now' movies that pander to the lowest common denominator to make as much money as possible. The problem with that is by doing that, you are cheapening the franchise and damaging the long term viability. Look at how Michael Bay crippled both Transformers and TNMT when it comes to being viable movie franchise. We can throw in the Joel Schumacher Batman movies as well.
Wich is why although there was hype for Jurassic World before it was released, all of the hype vanished within the first weeks. The hype was all due to brand name recogntion.
Now both Jurassic World and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom have had plenty of hate and are overall not fondly remembered.
If anything they made quite a number of people go back to The Lost World and say "Huh...This sequel was a lot smarter than the rest".
In fairness, I do remember that there was still much hype for the first JW after it came out. But yes, I have noticed more lover for TLW and less for the last 2 JW movies.
The initial hype was more due to people being hyped due to the fact that they were watching the first major thing Jurassic in 14 years.