Monday, November 21, 2016

LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape (2016)

Number Rolled: 46
Movie Name/Year: LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape (2016)
Tagline: None
Genre: Family, Comedy
Length: 24 minutes
Rating: TV-Y7
Production Companies: The LEGO Group, NBC Universal Brand Development, Pure Imagination Studios, Universal Studios
Producer: Jason Cosler, Robert Fewkes, Jill Wilfert, Leslie Barker, Joshua Wexler
Director: Michael D. Black
Writer: Jonathan Callan and Jim Krieg
Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Zachary Levi, A.J. LoCascio, Fred Tatasciore, BD Wong, David Gunning, Lauren Lapkus, Sendhil Ramamurthy

Blurb from Netflix: The scientists of Jurassic World create a captivating and terrifying new creature that loves hot dogs. But what happens when the hot dogs run out?

Selina’s Point of View:
I love the Jurassic Park series (1993-2015). All of them. The original and World were both great, the others are more along the lines of guilty pleasures.

Still, when that Jurassic Park (1993) music amps up, it makes me all sorts of excited to see what’s coming next. It’s such epic music. Iconic. There are very few people that can’t pin point exactly where that music comes from. By now we’re conditioned to respond to it.

This short television episode/movie was like an adorable, ridiculous, prequel that led into a parody of the actual story. I laughed quite a bit.

I’d recommend this in a heartbeat, but I’d also recommend watching the original Jurassic World (2015) first or it’ll be spoiled for you.

Cat’s Point of View:
This mini-movie didn’t try to replicate the big-screen live action feature. Obviously, with its run-time, that would have been impossible. It did, however, successfully borrow a few moments from the source.

All in all, it was funny, silly, and as adorable as a film about a scary rampaging dinosaur can be. It likely helped that there was a decided absence of blood and gore – hooray for the Lego format. The humor wasn’t all for kids, though. There was also an undertone subtly aimed at an older audience – especially for those that had seen the full length live action dino-show. These elements were somewhat poking fun at the movie and its characters rather cleverly.

Some of the cast members of Jurassic World (2015) reprised their roles here. The voices of Bryce Dallas Howard (As You Like It, Hereafter, The Help) and BD Wong (The Normal Heart, Focus, Mr. Robot) brought Claire Dearing and Dr. Wu to life.

I quite enjoyed this little movie and will be glad to recommend it to anyone whom enjoys the Lego genre – and especially those that have seen Jurassic World, too. It’s not even a huge time investment! You might even squeeze it in between family visits during the holidays.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 2.5/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 4.5/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score4.5/5

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