greed finds a way



Please forgive me for plagiarizing a line from YouTube movie critic The Critical Drinker. “Greed finds a way…” he says of Jurassic World: Dominion, the latest film in the Jurassic Park franchise.

If the same could be said about the entertainment industry as a whole, it’s an explanation that doesn’t have to be in a Hollywood dinosaur movie. Books, movies, TV shows, music. Talent is being pushed out of the way to allow expansion of the money-draining mundane compost pile.

Letting waste rot is boring to watch.Some strange things might crawl out.You might even grow strange plants around the edges.But basically, the audience Jeff Goldblum Encountered triceratops feces.

We expect the film to have meaning, even if it’s poorly executed.

But today’s cinematic experience is aimed at profit rather than deeper lessons.

“Aren’t you entertained?!” their generic action hero yells at us.

No, it’s not. A trip to the local gym offers a similar visual experience to the summer blockbuster, with a more in-depth plot.

One thing we can agree on is that scary movies are a thing of the past.When it comes to thrillers, horror is a big part of the fun, but horror is a mental game that money can’t buy.

I remember the release of Jurassic Park (1993). Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece based on Michael Crichton’s novel has touched the hearts of audiences.

As the T-Rex crept around the jeep under cover of rain and darkness, my 5-year-old would crawl under the seat and watch through a gap in a red-clad chair. It vibrated with the alien sounds of prehistoric animals. We viewed these expensive pixels as real creatures. As they used to say, it was movie magic.

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A child reacts to an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex robot dinosaur performing at the O2 Arena ahead of the European leg of the live show “Walking With Dinosaurs” on March 18, 2009 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The best Hollywood studios can manage these days is a little gore and CGI. Ironically, their blood and guts aren’t as convincing as the pile of alien flesh roasted under Kurt’s Russell flamethrower in The Thing (1982).

Expensive movies are not necessarily good movies

according to highs novelty, the most expensive movies are: Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides (2011), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Titanic (1997), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Justice League (2017), Tangled (2010) ), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ( 2015), John Carter (2012), Waterworld (1995), Avatar (2009).

For those movies that are part of a series, the most expensive installments are far from the best. , was the most complete work.

What about prestige, scope, and money that detracts from sequels? Because you buy garbage tickets and reward studios? It may be the new social law that “bigger is better,” but until it becomes a conceptual failure. The answer is not clear.

Titanic is unusual for a truly memorable experience, but it’s worth noting that the budget was spent devising a locked-room scenario of a sunken ship rather than a vast world.

The secret to creating a terrifying movie lies in the boundaries of the fictional world, trapping the characters and the audience within it. In the case of the Titanic, to fear sinking one must believe that the ship is inevitable. Jurassic Park was set on an island to limit its range, crushing predators and prey together before obscuring the landscape with a storm.

The fall of the Jurassic Park franchise

This leads to many sequels to Jurassic Park. Skip The Lost World and Jurassic Park III and instead focus on the modern films of Jurassic World (2015), Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Dominion (2022).

The Critical Drinker said about Dominion: [explicative] Movie chaos.

There are similar concerns about the fallen kingdom. At one point, it felt like a volcano erupting, a dinosaur rampaging, an impossible cliff-to-sea dive, or lava feeding into a locked facility—nothing at all. The screen was full of dollars, but it lacked tension.

Even Blue, the “friendly velociraptor,” has become an excuse to sell merchandise instead of being a trustworthy character. If they want a funny story, why not let Blue turn and attack Pratt’s character? At least in an era of rising environmentalism championed by generations who rarely go to parks, let alone rainforests, doubts about trust and nature have arisen.

Original Jurassic Park filmmaker David Koepp didn’t want the ecosystem of tropes in the film, so he didn’t allow dinosaurs to be called “monsters.” and set a killing machine with curved claws on a human to count bones, but to explore the collision of out-of-sync species and its consequences when scientists act like gods. .

It works on human fears of the past, for example, would we have survived if bigger and smarter predators shared our food chain? Are we really as strong and powerful as we think we are? Is our extinction inevitable in the face of more adapted creatures?

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Chris Pratt and Velociraptor Blue interact on stage during the Grand Opening Celebration of ‘Jurassic World: The Ride’ at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, CA on July 22, 2019. (Rich Fury/Getty Images for Universal Studios Hollywood)

A gruesome deconstruction of Bob Peck’s character Muldoon (and later Pete Postlethwaite’s professional trophy hunter Roland) aims to show that even the most skilled killer can be outwitted. I was there.

This narrative trick helped build tension for the rest of the characters who lacked his skills. , we were terrified. The bloody demise of an unnamed extra is incomparable.

Casting Richard Attenborough as the creator of the park, Hammond almost broke the fourth wall. His similarity to his brother, renowned naturalist David Attenborough, gave Jurassic Park an intangible reality, as if it were a nature documentary rather than a movie.

It formed part of the subtext of terror, and the credibility of terror that was essential to producing terror.

A lean script, important characters, and a small world make for an immersive plot, but with a budget in the hundreds of millions thrown at the director, it feels like the film needs to be stuffed in to justify the budget.

The new director has forgotten the basic cinematographic tools of scale and framing in order to meet the studio’s demands, even though he uses them to incredible effect in the early films of the franchise. I’m here.

“Woke Politics” may be a kind of cinematic corruption, but Greed is a serial killer who turns Hollywood into a morgue, with executives standing over a mess of corpses, bewildered and scratching their heads. waving.

Views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Epoch Times.

Alexandra Marshall


Alexandra Marshall is the online editor of The Spectator Australia, a contributor to various publications and a political commentator for GB News and Sky News Australia. She is a young ambassador for Australians in the Constitutional Monarchy and the English-speaking Union, political adviser and former AI database designer.