Bid­ding adieu

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The Juras­sic se­ries has stuck pretty doggedly to the is­land of Isla Nublar for the past 25 years, so blow­ing it up (well, en­gulf­ing it in vol­canic lava) in the first reel of the lat­est movie looked like a re­fresh­ingly bold move. Have no fear though, the di­nos have all (well, mostly) been saved and re­lo­cated to a grand man­sion in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia where – oh no! – they’re to be auc­tioned off to the world’s wealth­i­est bas­tards.

Hir­ing Span­ish di­rec­tor JA Bay­ona to make a Juras­sic World film in the claus­tro­pho­bic style of his 2007 hor­ror clas­sic The Or­phan­age may have seemed an ar­tis­ti­cally dar­ing idea early on. Sadly, trap­ping these di­nosaurs in a se­ries of dimly-lit rooms only seems to robs the movie of its cin­e­matic power. The cliffhanger end­ing, how­ever, does point the way to­wards a more thrilling rein­ven­tion of the decades-old dino fran­chise. Fin­gers crossed.

Ex­tras Up­side: this re­lease is packed with ex­tras. Down­side: you’ve prob­a­bly seen them be­fore on YouTube. There’s lit­tle of sub­stance here (most run for around two to five min­utes), but hav­ing Chris Pratt in your cast is a dream for any movie mar­ke­teer, as he’s great at do­ing promo, whether be­ing in­ter­viewed or fronting his own on-set fea­turettes. The best of the bunch is “Fallen King­dom: The Con­ver­sa­tion” (10 min­utes), which has mem­bers of the cast (in­clud­ing Jeff Gold­blum!), plus Bay­ona and screen­writer Colin Trevor­row shoot­ing the breeze. Once upon a time, this would have been done as part of a com­men­tary... Steve O’Brien

Keep ’em peeled for a por­trait of au­thor Mary Shel­ley in Lock­wood Manor, next to one of John Ham­mond.

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