Guys and Dolls Remake
If there is a genre that I have never truly embraced it's the musical. It bothers me to no end that random strangers who've never met the main characters all of a sudden know all the lyrics, harmony parts and dance moves to a song they've never heard before. I digress, per Collider 20th Century Fox has just landed the rights to Guys and Dolls and are moving quickly to get a remake off the ground. The original 1955 MGM film starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Fox seems to be aiming for a younger audience so they are hoping to land Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You may remember these two made a brief appearance at the Oscar ceremony this past Februrary where they did a dance number with host Seth MacFarlane. Both are extremely talented young actors and are the reason I may even break down and check out this movie.
New Movies Opening
Pain & Gain - Rated R - Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Ed Harris and Tony Shalhoub
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong.
The Big Wedding - Rated R - Starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Ben Barnes
A long-divorced couple faces being married as their family unites for a wedding.
Blu-ray/DVD Pick of the Week - Jurassic Park 3D
Twenty years ago Steven Spielberg created the go-to dinosaur movie based on the brilliant novel by the late Michael Crichton. For those of you who haven't seen Jurassic Park it's about a group of scientists who are brought to a remote island off the coast of Costa Rica for the weekend by a billionaire who has created a theme park full of dinosaurs. He needs their approval of the park in order for it to open, but after the power is lost and the dinosaurs are able to roam the island it becomes a fight for survival.
I remember vivdly seeing the film for the first time when I was 9 years old. There was not a bigger dinosaur fan than me, I had dinosaur posters, models, books and some fossils I had found on camping trips, in fact I was determined to become a paleontologist when I grew up. When Jurassic Park came out in '93 there was no question about what movie I wanted my dad to take me to for my birthday. We went to a small strip mall theater in Independence, Missouri to see it. The entrance to the theater had one of those giant stand ups that looked just like the entrance to the real Jurassic Park with the flames and everything. It really felt like I was walking into another world.
Now dinosaur movies that had come before this never looked real, they were either stop motion claymations or real lizards used in rear projection. When Dr.'s Alan Grant, Ellie Satler and Ian Malcolm see the Brachiosaurus for the first time I had the same reaction they did. It was a real dinosaur, not something that had been made to look like one, but a real life, breathing, walking dinosaur. What you're not prepared for as a 9 year old is what would come later. Dinosaurs were magnificent, but also terrifying so when the raptors, T-Rex and dilophosaurus are running amok I was cowering in my seat.
Here we are twenty years later and we once again get a chance to view this great movie in a whole new way. You've heard me say before that 3D is a format that when done the right way can be a great tool for enhancing the story telling process, but most of the time it's used as a gimmick. This is not the case with Jurassic Park. Oddly enough there are several moments and scenes throughout that look as though Spielberg had shot them in 3D or at least was subconciously aware that one day when 3D became what it is this movie would look amazing in the format. The first T-Rex sequence is a real standout. As the Rex is prowling around the car with Lex and Tim inside you feel as though you are inside the car with them and when he lets out is famous roar it's deafening and you may have to change your shorts. Lets just say it's the closest you'd ever want to come to facing this monstrous creature.
The special effects still hold up to today's standards, but when you have the great Stan Winston and his company working on the practical effects and ILM on the digital they seemlessly blended the two to create "real" dinosaurs. While all the special effects and action scenes are incredible this movie wouldn't still be talked about without a great story. The movie is a great cautionary tale of the dangers of man using science to play God. There's a great line from Dr. Malcolm who says "your scientists were so pre-occupied with whether they could, they didn't stop and ask if they should?" Playing God is a dangerous concept that tends to lead to death and destruction.
If this is your first time or you're revisting the movie after a long time I encourage you to check it out in 3D. If it's still available I would also recommend seeing it in IMAX. This is a film that was built and meant to be seen in the biggest format possible. It was a film "65 Million Years in the Making" and after twenty years it's still exciting as ever.