Recent Releases – Jurassic World

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Twenty two years on from Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar has become a fully functional tourist attraction. However, given a recent decline in attendance statistics, corporate has decided to genetically modify a new attraction in attempts to boost ratings. Unfortunately, their lethal experiment breaks loose and begins to wreak havok on the island. Can the employees of Jurassic World survive; and stop the beast from escaping the island?

Nostalgia – One of the first things that springs to mind and one that sticks with you long after watching Jurassic World. It’s truly impressive how faithful it remains to Jurassic Park. It doesn’t feel completely steeped in honouring tradition, as it perfectly finds the balance between bringing something new to the table and remaining true to the franchise. Stands as a great example of how to make a new franchise entry but also to make it feel relevant and fresh.

A different story is delivered but with the same Spielbergian feel without completely imitating his aesthetic. It’s great to see how it has similar engaging characters, the same old score, and some old dinosaurs but some new ones too. There is a great balance of CGI and physical props; just like the first one had. Was unsure by watching the trailers about the overuse of CGI but looks pretty fantastic overall. In some scenes, it does feel a little sketchy but nothing too major or massively noticeable.

I was also unsure of how the relatively young director (in terms of films made) would fare with the pressure of handling such well-loved material. But from early on it’s clear to see that Colin Trevorrow loves this film just as much as most of us do. Which goes to show this man has a very promising future ahead of him in blockbuster entertainment.

4 and a half Biker Raptors out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price

Recent Releases – Spy

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Desk-bound CIA analyst, Susan Cooper, (Melissa McCarthy) finally gets the opportunity she dreamed for; to work as a field agent. Her mission is to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and to prevent plans of global destruction.

For ages, me and my friend were mocking that the premise of this film looked ridiculous and we predicted an absolute shocker of a movie… how wrong we were. Just before watching the film, from what we read of the reviews and everything else, we knew we had to give it a go because it wasn’t reflecting what we envisioned. (Which proves that old adage; to never judge a book by its cover).

There’s not exactly anything mind-blowing here in terms of innovation but it has a LOT of hilarious moments. Jason Statham being one of the funniest performers (he more or less steals the show) is fucking hilarious in this film. He seems completely at ease; poking fun at his and other typical British action star portrayals.

It has a very similar vibe to Bridesmaids which isn’t a huge surprise considering it’s made by the same director – Paul Feig. It goes to show how well he works with a female cast which also bodes well for the new fully femme Ghostbusters remake.

A fantastic genre spoof movie in the same vein as classic spoofs such as Airplane or almost anything by Mel Brooks.

4 Cat Ladies out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price

Recent Releases – Insidious: Chapter 3

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The prequel of the series which shows how Elise reluctantly hones her ability to fight supernatural elements. She does so by helping a teenage girl haunted by a powerful demon.

I’m not going to lie; this movie terrified the crap out of me with some effectively creative and downright petrifying jump scares. It seemed to have the same effect on most people too as the whole theatre were making all kinds of squeamish noises (myself included) throughout the whole film.

Having not seen the 2nd instalment, I still managed to enjoy it and have the bajeebahs scared out of me. If you’re looking for something to replicate the feel you get when you step off a roller coaster (without the physical risk) then go check it out.

Overall the acting, storyline, and characters are very mediocre but if you’re looking for cheap thrills; rather than a masterpiece… then look no further.

3 and a half Noisy Respirators out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price

Recent Releases – Tomorrowland

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Curious and bright young teenager, Casey Newton, teams up with bitter former boy-genius inventor, Frank Walker, on a mission to discover the secret behind a technological utopia known as Tomorrowland.

I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable solid kid’s movie but I think I would have enjoyed it much more as a child. But that’s exactly what this movie is and it knows exactly who its target audience is. I think that alone, should be a testament to Brad Bird’s directorial nuance. He did a great job with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol but it’s clear to see that he is an exceptional ‘Disney’ director.

The young British girl’s accent does get fairly annoying at points but in the context of the movie; her voice and character is understandable. It feels heavily filled with CGI effects; most of it is executed brilliantly but at times it does feel a little overused. Overall it may be a tad generic but this is something I would heavily suggest as entertainment for the family on a rainy afternoon.

3 and a half Jetpacks out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price

Recent Releases – Poltergeist

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When the Bowen family move into their new home, they quickly realise that it’s severely haunted by evil forces. Their strength and courage is put to the test when their youngest daughter is abducted by the Poltergeist. They do whatever it takes to bring her back into the world of the living.

I did enjoy this fairly solid family horror movie but at the same it leaves you wondering why they even made it in the first place, considering it brings almost nothing new to the table. If anything, it just places the original story in a modern setting; It still has the same family feel, the same humorous characters, most of the same original scenes, and practically the same exact story.

That being said, it’s still a fairly enjoyable and entertaining PG horror film you could watch with your family but I wouldn’t suggest going out of your way to watch it. Perhaps watch it at christmas or better yet… watch the original.

2 and a half Angry Squirrels out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price

Recent Releases – Mad Max: Fury Road

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After being captured by the brainwashed gang; “The War Boys”, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) tries to escape their clutches as they travel across the apocalyptic wasteland. At the same time, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is attempting to rescue five imprisoned wives. A furious apocalyptic adventure ensues when the paths of Max and Furiosa cross.

I remember watching Gravity in D-Box (simulated seating); and thinking that was possibly the most fun I’d had at the cinema as it felt like a truly engrossing visual experience. I thought the chances of that being surpassed were pretty slim. Watching Mad Max: Fury Road in 4DX (4-dimensional simulated seating) takes that cinematic experience and fires a rusty bullet in its face. The film felt perfectly suited to the format of 4DX but, opposed to Gravity, I could imagine MM:FR working just as effectively in any other setting. A truly incredible movie that excels on a simplistic level.

The fact Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson as the titular hero never feels unusual; the film is structured so perfectly that the existence of the three original movies feels slightly irrelevant to MM:FR. It just works brilliantly as a kick ass standalone feature – Something many franchise reboots/sequels/remakes struggle with. The casting of the two central stars in Hardy and Charlize Theron are spot on as they suit the gritty no-nonsense feel excellently. Perhaps it’s to do with Furiosa’s similarly shorn hair but comparisons have been to made to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in the Alien franchise. Excelling in that inspirational tough female role.

All in all, this is most likely to be the best film of 2015. It’s over the top 80’s aesthetic, simplistic storytelling, and all-star cast are proving to be a hit. It’s also great to see a film not heavily reliant on CGI technology; doing things the old-fashioned way – practically. If you get the chance; you should definitely watch this movie in 4DX. You won’t be dissapointed!

5 Double-necked Flamethrower Guitars out of 5 

by Simon Garganera Price

Recent Releases – The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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Spongebob and his lifelong nemesis Plankton must team together to retrieve the stolen secret Krabby Patty formula from a mysterious land pirate.

Not quite as good as its 2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie predecessor but it has a few great moments that are worth watching for sheer entertainment value alone. I felt the first Spongebob movie was aimed at both adults and children; finding that balance perfectly. However, in Sponge Out of Water, it seems primarily aimed at children (which of course is perfectly fine considering it’s a kids cartoon show) – I just felt a little uncomfortable watching this at the cinema without any children with me. That being said, as the movie progressed, a bit more of the lunacy I’ve come to expect from the show was featured in the film.

***Spoiler Alert*** If I had to pick the biggest issue with the film, it would have to be how much of it is spent “Out of Water”. It’s quite a shame as well because the CGI effects used were very impressive and eye-catching to watch. I personally would have loved to have seen more of it but just seeing any of it was good enough. It doesn’t quite have the glorious cameo appearance of a superstar the likes of David Hasselhoff but there are a few voiceover appearances some British viewers might recognise and appreciate.

I would say this is a film worth waiting for DVD release to entertain the kids with rather than going out to the cinema to see. But if you’re a big kid like me then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it no matter how you see it.

3 and a half Krabby Patties out of 5

by Simon Garganera Price