Matthew: Speaking of those pterodactyls, I thought the scene where Claire’s assistant was killed was overdone.
Gaby: That was way overdone. I felt that was the most violent part of the movie.
Jon: Well, they tried to play off that she was negligent with the kids, and so the movie dealt out its own justice just like they always have.
Cachie: I actually liked that part. I agree that it was too long but they used it well to foreshadow the ending…
Matthew: I didn’t think she was negligent at all. She wasn’t a hateful character, either, so her death felt excessive and unwarranted.
Cachie: They emphasized so much on the mesosaurus throughout the whole movie that I think that’s why they made her death so long and overdone. To kind of keep reminding you how important the mesosaurus was.
Gaby: And yet, I still forgot about the mesosaurus at the end. LOL. I wouldn’t have wanted to take care of the kids either. The teenager was annoying and was a total creeper. LOL.
Matthew: The older brother was a sleaze bag.
Gaby: I felt like the staring down girls bit was too much and pointless?
Jon: I think it was supposed to reflect animalistic tendencies. Or I could be giving this film way too much credit.
Matthew: I think you’re giving it too much credit. ☺
Cachie: I think they put that in to just kind of show people what stage of his life he’s in. That he doesn’t really care about family or anything important except stupid teenager stuff.
Jon: I remembered my man the Meso. I knew that was how it was going to end.
Cachie: Yeah, of course. I mean, along with its other flaws, it was totally predictable.
Jon: Well, the films have always been predictable as far as deaths.
Matthew: It’s an issue with the series in general. It’s easily telegraphed as to who will die. The fact they kept harping on the older brother being horny distracted from the mystique of the dinosaurs. If the characters aren’t invested in them, then why should we?
Cachie: But that goes back to Claire saying how dinosaurs were no big deal.
Gaby: And that’s why they made the indomitable thing.
Cachie: Kind of showing that a normal kid twenty years ago would’ve been in awe at the dinosaurs. When now all they care about is their phones and getting busy.
Jon: Indominus rex was my favorite. She is the lead female in my opinion. Followed by Blue the raptor.
Gaby: I love Blue!
Cachie: Can I say bitch? Cause I’m totally going to. The Indominus rex is a bad ass bitch. However, Blue was where it’s at!
Matthew: I thought the mystery of hiding the genes behind the Indominus rex was stupid. You mean no one can tell it’s part raptor? It kind of took away from the big reveal towards the end.
Jon: The females in this film were ferocious.
Gaby: It was obvious she was part raptor.
Jon: Well, that doctor was also in the first film, and they mentioned all the genetics stuff in that film too, but we didn’t really care since we were being introduced to a world of dinos.
Cachie: I don’t know, I didn’t think it was that obvious to someone who isn’t as part of the Jurassic Park world…like, it may have been obvious to fans, but not to regular folk.
Gaby: I like how this felt more like a monster movie than the previous films. Just with the Indominus rex not being a regular dinosaur or for them making it clear that these aren’t real dinosaurs because they’re engineered to look a certain way.
Cachie: That’s because we actually get to see the dinosaurs with large crowds, which we’ve never been exposed to before. Something I also loved so much.
Matthew: The CGI on the Indominus was shaky at points. I think the overuse of CGI detracted from the movie. Part of what made the first film work was the animatronic work. Seeing dinosaurs on screen with the characters resonated mainly because we knew something was physically in front of the camera.
Jon: There was one scene with animatronics, and that is all I could stomach.
Matthew: That scene was the best part of the movie. The scene with the brontosaurus is the only time I felt any genuine emotion and with the characters as well.
Jon: I agree, but a whole film with that would have dated the film.
Matthew: I disagree. The first film still holds up really well as far as the effects and animatronics go.
Cachie: The raptors in cages could’ve been animatronic. But I feel like movie makers don’t waste time with those things anymore because of all the technological advances.
Matthew: Technical advances should be showcased when they either add to the story or are necessary in my opinion. Mad Max: Fury Road expertly blended digital and practical.
Jon: The movement on animatronics (at least back then) was very limiting.
Cachie: They figure it’s easier to just CGI a raptor in a cage than to actually put one there physically.
Jon: I’m not sure how good they would look running next to Chris Pratt on a motorcycle.
Matthew: I would have been on board with full CGI if it didn’t look so inconsistent. The pterodactyls looked good but the Indominus was in and out. The mosasaurs looked really fake to me.
Jon: I’ll be honest, I didn’t notice any inconsistencies. It all looked like typical CGI to me.
Gaby: I thought the CGI was okay, but it wasn’t bad enough to distract me.
Jon: And I saw it in IMAX 3D.
Matthew: I see where you’re coming from. I skipped 3D.
Cachie: Agree. I saw it IMAX 3D both times, and it didn’t really distract me at all. It was expected so I didn’t pay much attention to that.
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