Jurassic World

 

I remember seeing “Jurassic Park” in a movie theater, feels like more than 20 years ago. As a kid who loved and still loves dinosaurs, it was the perfect movie. It was scary, even as a kid, but it didn’t go to far. I still watch the trilogy every few years. I knew there was a fourth movie in the works for a while, I had hopped they wouldn’t mess it up.

“Jurassic Park” was a positive childhood experience and the feelings that movie inspired within me made that movie something special. When the advertisements for Jurassic World started up, I started to feel better about the potential for this movie. I don’t think it’s fair to compare “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World.” While it’s probably unavoidable, Jurassic World can’t live up to the original. Heck no dinosaur movie could. That said, Jurassic World reminded me what it was like as a kid, seeing dinosaurs for the first time in a movie. Of course, I was also reminded that this wasn’t “Jurassic Park.” That kinda nagged at me, like there was a part of me that wanted to hate the movie.

I decided that I was going to allow the movie to be what it was and not try to force it to be what I wanted it to be. I think that worked. Two important things to say off the bat: I’m buying this movie either digital or blu-ray and I’d definitely like to see it again! I think I’d enjoy it more the second time.

If you have never seen a Jurassic movie, then you may enjoy it more than I did. In many ways, this IS my “Jurassic Park,” if I was a 12 year-old boy present day. In that way, I feel like the movie delivers the same way that “Jurassic Park did.” It has the same spirit, without it feeling like it’s the same movie. Yes, there is some element of surprise that isn’t there for me, but I jumped at least once, maybe twice. Heck I even felt some emotional connections with some of the dinosaurs, that says something!

The musical score is similar to Jurassic Park, obviously with its own style. That really helped make “Jurassic World” feel like an old friend coming over to visit, except this friend wants to eat you! No worries, it’s not a real! Haha, I can’t imagine what this movie would be like in 3D. 😉 By the end of the movie, I felt good about the direction they took. I felt satisfied, this is certainly no crystal skull. Boy, I think Chris Pratt was awesome in this movie! And I found Bryce Dallas Howard’s character quite fun. Definitely a good cast all around.

It’s no surprise to me that this movie has been so successful and I think it deserves it, even if it’s probably best enjoyed with fresh eyes. Still, I think die-hard fans like me have nothing really to complain about with “Jurassic World.” It’s the best that it could be. I mean, it could never live up to Jurassic Park for us. However, I could tell for the newbies that this movie probably is their “Jurassic Park,” and that made me smile. I’d honestly give it 4.3 out of 5 stars at this point. Just forget about the original movie and give yourself permission to like this one.

Bottom line, “Jurassic World” does a lot of things right. It’s exciting and tense, and doesn’t feel boring at all. It didn’t feel like a sequel to me. More like the return of an old friend. The experience was not the same, but it reminded me why I like the older movies. In that, “Jurassic World” accomplished what it set out to do and it was quite an entertaining movie. Besides, dinosaurs are cool.

P.S. The main antagonist, really cool! 🙂

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I Dream of Jon Stewart

In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film,
In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film,”Rosewater,” in New York. Stewart, who hosts the political satire series “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” makes his directorial and screenwriting debut in the film about a journalist who is detained in Iran. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

If you don’t recognize the person in the above picture, where have you been?

Yesterday morning I had an odd, but emotional dream about Jon Stewart. It seems weird to have a powerful dream about someone I haven’t met, but Jon has had a powerful effect on our world. Perhaps his most notable contribution was his appearance on CNN, taking down the T.V. show Crossfire. CNN didn’t learn from that experience, as they brought the show back, which thankfully was short-lived. Honestly, I get the excitement in pitting liberals against conservatives, but what does that really add to our culture? Jon believed it added nothing, and I tend to agree.

I started watching The Daily Show in the early 2000’s when I first discovered Comedy Central. Certainly it has become one of my favorite T.V. networks, and that is largely thanks to Jon. He may not have been the first host of The Daily Show, but he was the first I knew about. His satire is a special kind. My favorite thing Jon did were his impressions. Especially Senator Lindsey Graham and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Jon probably wouldn’t say his impressions are the best, but I really enjoyed them.

Liberals, I think, often claim Jon as their own. I’d say he’s on our side most of the time, but of course he isn’t afraid to show the hypocrisy of liberal and conservatives politicians. I remember the coverage of Anthony Weiner. 😉 Yet Jon would probably want to been seen as an independent. He has his causes, like pointing out the failures of congress to pass a bill that would help our military veterans and calling out the V.A.’s lackluster support of said veterans.

It was the Rally to Restore Sanity and or Fear that got liberals complaining the most. Many thought that Jon should have encouraged his attendees to vote or support political change. I don’t think that was what the rally was about. The main point of the rally was that the citizens of our country manage to get along and work together regardless of our politics. Currently, and at the time, it feels like congress cannot get along. Jon wanted to do what he did to the Crossfire T.V. program: Give a wake-up call.

I was able to attend the Rally. It was the first time I traveled by myself or even visited the East Coast. The first time I took a taxi or saw the Washington Mall. I was lucky to arrive on time and still be able to get close enough to the last row of speakers so I could hear what was happening on the stage. The crowd was larger than one might expect. I wonder if Jon knows how important he has been to American society. I suspect that he would make a joke of it. Always the humble man.

The dream I had took place in a strange holy place. Kind of felt like a cross between a church and a university. Haha, for an atheist, I’m not used to having such a spiritual dream. Perhaps that is what Jon has done for me, brought out my spiritual side. It seldom get’s a chance to come out. I sat with Jon and two other ladies, whom I did not know. Jon was playing a guitar. The melody he was playing was beautiful. We all talked, and I noticed a tear stream down my face, it was a very sad occasion. It was time to part ways, and after being blessed by a holy guy with rice or confetti (not really sure which), Jon and the others drifted off into the dreams-cape, leaving me alone. Waking up, I found the dream really strange at first, but now as I think about it, it seems fitting. A great way to say goodbye without lingering.

I’ve been watching The Daily Show for about 15 years now. I’ll keep watching it when Jon is gone, but it sure will not be the same.

I took the photo from here: http://mashable.com/2015/02/10/jon-stewart-to-step-down-from-the-daily-show-later-this-year/, just wanted to cite my sources. 😉