Oblivion, Jurassic Park and Iron Man

I love going to the movies. I love the smell of popcorn, the excitement before the film starts, chatting about it after the credits roll. I love getting lost in the screen and the story. Though I have to admit, I’m really questioning the necessity for 3D…

This week I have been to the movies a staggering three times! Last Friday I saw Oblivion. It was alright, but I was expecting… Something… Different…

If you know me and my movie watching tastes, you’ll appreciate how rare the following statement is: This movie could have benefitted from less expositon and more action. They would tell us back story in diologue, and then again in a flashback, with only slight tweaks. I think it also counted against the pacing of the movie that the previews tell you a pivotal plot piece… It takes the movie itself much longer than I had expected to reach this revelation; and while it plays like it’s supposed to be a surprise, I (and anyone who has seen the trailer) was obviously not surprised.

The story was a good one, and there were some wonderful scenes. I really don’t want to give anything away in case you’re planning on seeing it. If you go in with no idea what the movie is actually supposed to be about besides the fact that it is a post-apocolyptic Sci-fi Drama/Action pic, you might enjoy it much more. Just ignore that our Tommy-Boy flies around in one of the most phallic spacecraft I think I have seen in a movie.

I honestly can’t remember if this movie was in 3D or not. My fiancé says he doesn’t think it was because he can’t remember getting the glasses or putting them back… I can’t either…

On Wednesday I saw Jurrassic park in 3D. The theatre was 95% empty, and that was good for a fidget-monster like me who is always afraid of being a “Suzy-Seat-Kicker”.

The movie itself still holds enough action and exposition to be enjoyable on the Big Screen, although it turns out a lot of the “science” in it has been proven scientifically improbable. Surprisingly, the special effects are still magically believable! Even when given an extremely post production 3D treatment. They seemed to have zoomed in a bit to make the 3D work. Unfortunately there were definitely times when the 3D was not properly lined up… The foreground would be in was in focus but the background was doubled. I guess it’s hard to adapt a 20 year old movie for a new technique like this.

Interestingly, I have heard that there will be a Jurassic Park 4, and despite the fact that it has now been proven that some dinosaurs did in fact have feathers, they will not be including that in the new movie. This strikes me as odd, because back in the 90’s when this theory and the movie were new, Sam Neil’s character in the original film is one of the few scientists who endorses and promotes the theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds . I think it would be easy to incorporated feathered dino’s in the new movie with a throw away line about the frog DNA that they originally used to fill the gaps in the “Dino DNA” suppressing the growth of feathers…

But I digress…

Last night (a week after seeing Oblivion) I saw one of the movies I have been looking forward to most this year. IRON MAN! I have to confess that prior to The Avengers, I had never watched an Iron Man movie, and did not appreciate the awesomeness that is Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark. Of course, since I loved him in the Avengers, I let a friend give me an education in Iron Man, and I was converted. So I was totally on board with the franchise and super stoked when the first trailer for Iron Man 3 was released. The trailer promised a darker, more serious, and more human story… This movie did not disappoint. I felt it did well with balancing the story with humour and with action (though I think one might be lost if they saw this as a stand alone without prior knowledge of The Avengers or the first two Iron Man movies – but what else would you expect 3.5 movies in?). One thing I did find weird was the time of year the story takes place in compared to the time of year it was released. Overall though, I thought it made a nifty end to an Iron Man trilogy – if that’s the route they choose to take. Though I would happily see Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4… 5… 6???

This movie was also in 3D, but to tell you the truth, I don’t think I even noticed that effect. I don’t think it is necessary to see it in 3D in order to fully enjoy the movie.

Ooh! and they were nice enough to put an Easter Egg at the end of the credits! I have gotten used to seeing that from a Marvel movie.

All in all, I enjoyed my week at the movies.

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