REVIEW: Jurassic World

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

There will never be a sequel to Jurassic Park that beats the original, or even comes close. Not only was it a crossroads of entertainment, art, and technological innovation that was very of its exact time, but the awe of witnessing dinosaurs brought to realistic life for the first time on screen can never truly be recaptured or recreated.

It’s for this reason that so many arguments between fans of the film series centre instead around which sequel is better. (For the record, count me in the Jurassic Park III camp.) Neither can compare to the original, so the only fair evaluation is between sequels. Coming over a dozen years after the last adventure of man vs. dinosaur and hubris, Jurassic World can now be tossed into that debate.

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That Magic Moment of Movies

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

In Martin Scorsese’s recent movie Hugo, characters bandy about that old phrase “the magic of movies.” The titular hero talks repeatedly about the power of films, about their ability to create dreams and magic. We witness another character in Hugo watching a movie for the very first time. The look of sheer wonder on her face is a thing of true beauty.

A century ago or so, every person who had seen a motion picture could describe the first time they witnessed the magic of movies. Even up until the mid-20th century, children knew the exact “first time” when they saw moving pictures. With the spread of television, though, everything changed. The first movie a child eventually saw didn’t often have the same impact such an occasion once did, because most children had already seen the wonder of moving pictures on their television sets before ever setting foot in a movie theatre. Continue reading