While the trailers didn't manage (or maybe didn't even try, because… MoreWhile the trailers didn't manage (or maybe didn't even try, because they left me entirely indifferent) to grasp the entire concept of the latest Pixar adventure, the movie needs mere seconds to sell the audience on its premise:
Emotions (joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust) are working hard in their headquarters inside our heads. Dreams are made in a film studio nearby. Imagination is a wild amusement park. Our character traits and interests are like islands that have to be maintained. The train of thought runs through it all. Our memories are marbles in the color of the emotion we connect with them.
This concept is as simple as it is brilliant and beautifully solved here. The design of this entire world is absolutely gorgeous and makes perfect sense in the film's own logic. It wouldn't be Pixar if they didn't manage to create an exciting and deeply moving adventure around this concept.
A smart, heart-warming and funny film that may be a little too weird and abstract for the youngest kids. But adults may even get even more from this in exchange. Lovely!
What starts out as a pretty decent mountaineering thriller soon turns… MoreWhat starts out as a pretty decent mountaineering thriller soon turns survival horror movie and would have done well to keep it that way. The plot is abandoning the beautifully filmed Scottish Highlands way too soon just to add an urban showdown that feels so random, it's almost an entirely different film. Of course you can say at least things are never too predictable, but the way the scripts treats a couple of characters is pretty lackluster. Still, entertaining enough.
This is not a reboot, not even a soft one. This is set exactly where… MoreThis is not a reboot, not even a soft one. This is set exactly where it's supposed to be, 20 years after the events we all came to love. And the creators found just the right mixture of references and nostalgia and refreshing new ideas to make this all work. To be honest, the first big shot of the park together with John William's classic theme is already worth the price of the movie ticket. Thankfully, that's not the last time the film puts a smile on your face.
Of course, there is some setting-up to do before the shit can hit the fan thanks to humans making grave mistakes and it's fun to see the park fully functional as an attraction everyone would love to visit before things go south. Again, all that is nicely timed and sets up plenty of characters, some of which you already know won't make it. Chris Pratt does not play another Star Lord, his animal handler is not without wit, but a little more serious. Good to see that the rising star is not a one-trick pony. Thankfully, the female lead also turns out much more-dimensional than initially thought.
Then we're suddenly in monster movie territory and there are plenty of scares, gory deaths and chase scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat. In the end, without giving anything away, the awesome showdown delivers exactly what you wanted to see in such a film.
Of course, there is some suspension of disbelief needed here. The trailers already gave away that genetic manipulation created the big bad and how raptors are trained to hunt with their human Alpha. No need to worry, though. Both aspects work better than expected and are not entirely as clear-cut as the trailers suggested. Fans of man vs. beast films in beautiful settings while referencing a childhood favorite can't go wrong here. Of course all doors for a new couple of films remain open in the end. After this massively entertaining and fun summer flick, that's great news.