Day 171 & Day 172 – Sophie’s Choice & Jurassic World / Pop Chart Lab Scratch #9

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Movie Title: Sophie’s Choice

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr. 30 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Sophie’s Choice is a love story between Sophie and Nathan. Sophie (Meryl Streep) is a holocaust survivor that immigrated from Poland after the war. Six months in she is sickly and collapses in the public library while being rudely treated by a librarian. Nathan (Kevin Kline) comes to her rescue. He takes her to his home and nurses her back to health. They enter into a whirlwind romance. This romance comes to be observed and then interrupted by Stingo a southern writer who takes residence in their home. Stingo (Peter MacNicol) is envious of Nathan’s relationship as he tries to set him up with other girls and fails with style. Sophie casually flirts with Stingo to stir the pot as she starts to fight with Nathan over his wild and unpredictable behavior.

But, all is not as it seems and both Sophie and Nathan have dark secrets. Sophie’s relate to her conduct during the holocaust. Nathan’s relate to his employment at Pfizer as a biological researcher. Nothing is quite as it seems and their respective pasts tear them apart.

Streep’s performance is particularly noteworthy. She affects a Polish accent with amazing ease and turns in a truly remarkable performance of a victim in pain. Kline is also incredible in his role and brings dynamism to what at first seems like a staid performance.

Verdict:

Sophie’s Choice is a painful story that kept me on the edge of my seat as its layer revealed themselves. See it.

Pop Chart Lab: Ninth Scratch

 

Tomorrow’s Movie: Jurassic World (2015)

 

Movie Title: Jurassic World

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr. 4 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Stephie and Kyle

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Jurassic World revives the Jurassic Park franchise with verve and vigor. It lacks some of the pageantry and realism of the original, but injects plenty of action and humor. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) runs the park. Her nephews Gray and Zach are visiting the park and she is not spending any time with them because the park has a new pet project. In order to boost waning enthusiasm for the park they have commissioned a new dinosaur. They have named it the Indominus Rex and it is genetically modified to be a super predator. This works fine until it outsmarts them and escapes.

In order to contain the situation Owen (Chris Pratt) is brought in. He has special forces experience and is working on a raptor training program for the park. He gives sage advice which is promptly ignored. Things quickly escalate out of control as the Indominus Rex turns the park on its head and it descends into chaos.

Much like how Star Wars: The Force Awakens mirrors Star Wars: A New Hope, Jurassic World mirrors Jurassic Park. The basic outline of the plot mirrors the original fairly exactly. The best addition is in the form of military expectations that they are trying to enforce upon the park. Military representatives want to use the dinosaurs as weapons of war. They are demanding the dinosaurs be genetically modified to be better suited to the task of warfare.

Verdict:

Jurassic World is highly entertaining and I’m looking forward to seeing the sequel tomorrow! See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

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