I remember watching this when it was first released, and along with it, all of the negative publicity around it. It was too soon after Ang Lee's Hulk, blah, blah, blah. Trailer showed the big bad guy, blah, blah, blah. It's not as good as the other films... you get the picture.
Well, after watching this again as part of an Avengers marathon, I actually liked it. A lot, actually, despite its flaws.
Much better than Ang Lee's version, which…
Right, first things first. I've read the book. In fact, I've read all 17 of them, plus the short stories. I love them, and I'll continue to love them until Jack Reacher becomes the parody that many written heroes become. I'm looking at you Bond and Bourne.
So, then. The film. Where do I begin? Apart from one glaring difference to the books (Tom Cruise's height and stature in comparison to the walking brick shithouse that is the book version),…
What can I say that hasn't been said before? Even by today's standards in film and effects, this stands head and shoulders above 99% of films showing that Spielberg just has that knack fro creating timeless films.
The script is still great, acting amazing, and the idea still unmatched. Combining animatronics with effects instead of relying on just CGI, the dinos feel real and the surround sound on the Blu-Ray really immerse you in every chirp from the jungle and roar from the Rex.
After purchasing this on iTunes, I was prepared to watch this with some trepidation and what I thought was going to be the worst film out of the first set of 'Avengers' films.
What I got instead was a highly enjoyable film with some cracking scenes, and setting the benchmark for the next Avengers instalment, Captain America.
I'm actually looking forward to Thor's part in Avengers (Avengers: Assemble) now after seeing this.