Jurassic dinosaurs lumber back to Royston’e Picture Palace but it’s no monster hit
PUBLISHED: 21:21 21 July 2015
Can it really be more than 20 years since movie fans were stunned by the computer trickery that brought dinosaurs to life in the original Jurassic Park?
Yes it can, but that doesn’t mean that the appetite for blockbuster monsters giving humans a hard time has been diminished.
That’s why movie-makers have regularly returned to the Jurassic theme park as entrepreneurs and experts repeatedly fail to learn the lesson of the first film and confidently predict that this time everything is certifiably safe and nothing can go wrong.
But for the latest adventure there’s no Steven Spielberg storytelling magic, the cast isn’t quite as starry and although the technology has come on in leaps and bounds and the special effects are stunning, that doesn’t compensate for a stodgy story.
The lumbering dinosaurs seem a bit bewildered by what’s going on, and the human cast of characters follow suit.
It’s never a good sign when there’s a whole slew of screenwriters getting a credit, and director Colin Trevorrow has never tackled anything of this scale before, although he is rumoured to be penned in to helm one of the forthcoming Star Wars sequels.
Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt is the biggest human name on show, but he doesn’t get much to work with.
There are screenings on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm.
You can reserve tickets online at www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk.
On the multiplex front, the summer holidays start with Inside Out, Pixar’s latest animation for all the family.
Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old growing up in the American Mid-West, but her world turns upside down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions – all characters in their own right – try to guide her through the tough times.
Also on release is Robert Carlyle’s first film as a director – he also stars in The Legend of Barney Thomson, which is based on a cult series of Glasgow black comedy crime capers with an everyman barber hero.
There’s been lots of hype about the way Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal bulked up for gritty boxing drama Southpaw.
Forrest Whitaker is the trainer who gets him back into shape in a powerful drama from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, with Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson among the supporting cast, collecting some welcome cash to help with his highly-publicised financial woes.