Jurassic World was not a masterpiece by any means but it was a ton of fun and a welcome return for the franchise. Fallen Kingdom did not quite live up the the dino sized expectations I had. That doesn't mean there's nothing of note in this. there's plenty of action and dinosaurs to be had, not to mention the third act is some of the best material in the Jurassic Park franchise. unfortunately the film is a slow build up to that with 50/50 humor, predictable villains, and a weak character cast. Even Chris Pratt isn't as enjoyable in this one. The biggest mistake this movie made though is in it's confused to tone. You can tell that there was an argument as to what people wanted this movie to be and it resulted in a movie with an identity crisis. One half was like a fairy tale horror and the other was another whimsical adventure. But we already had two whimsical adventures in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World and they were better at it! When this film took a horror approach it was really good and showcased the directors skill as a story teller but sadly he didn't get his way until the last third. Luckily though this film did establish a new direction for the Jurassic series, it's no longer going to be a wild goose chase in a Latin American island but now the fight is taken to the mainland which creates alot of hype for Jurassic World 3 in me. Hopefully that hype pays off.
From the Hills have Eyes and a Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven, Scream is a unique and delightful take on the slasher genre. The opening scene is one of the most original, well paced, and suspenseful scenes in horror history and the rest of the film offers just enough twist and turns to keep you invested. Scream does a tremendous job of blending comedy, and horror with it's fourth wall breaks and horror references. But this film is not perfect. it occasionally falls into the stale horror tropes that went sour in the decade before it not to mention the characters aren't exactly the people you'd route for the live. in spite of this, Scream is a great horror film and a high recommendation to people who may be new to horror and want to get more into it.
Mowgli is I believe the directorial debut of motion capture legend Andy Serkis. For a first film it's not that bad. The effects are great for a Netflix movie. everything from the motion capture to the lighting and cinematography bring this movie to life. It was also nice seeing a darker more mature version of the Jungle Book. This movie is not recommended for kids as there are certain scenes in this that were disturbing even for me. The first two thirds of this movie we're very solid with an interesting dive into jungle politics, solid voice acting performances, and groundbreaking visual effects but the last third is what keeps this from being a great film. The climax was underwhelming, they shoehorned in a second villain last second, if they had another 30-40 minutes to flesh out the story more and extend the climax this would have been the best rendition of Jungle Book easily but as is I'd say it was a solid film.
From the makers of Coraline which i consider one of the greatest animated movies of all time comes Paranorman a film that is considered by many to be as good if not better than Coraline and... I disagree but at the same time i can see why this is so well liked. It has a complexity to it that has not been captured by any other stop motion picture. It's also very mature and teaches a lesson that resonates well with alot of people and it's a lesson that's not overdone. But while i do respect Paranorman i was far from entertained by it. The comedy fell flat, the character models were very uncomfortable looking, the story and premise had a unique twist but was far from original and i thought it lacked that raw creativity that made Coraline so brilliant. But i will recommend it to most older kids and adults because there is alot of stuff in here that people will like. I just couldn't get into it as a whole.