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Joe Johnston is a Actor, Director, Producer, Production Design and Character Designer American born on 13 may 1950 at Fort Worth (USA)

Joe Johnston

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Birth name Joseph Eggleston Johnston
Nationality USA
Birth 13 may 1950 (68 years) at Fort Worth (USA)

Joseph Eggleston "Joe" Johnston II (born May 13, 1950) is an American film director and former effects artist best known for such effects-driven movies as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Jumanji (1995) and Jurassic Park III (2001), also known for period films such as The Rocketeer (1991), October Sky (1999), The Wolfman (2010), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Biography

D'artiste conceptuel aux blockbusters pour enfants
Joe Johnston est d'abord révélé par son travail d'artiste conceptuel, avec Ralph McQuarrie, sur la trilogie originale Star Wars. Ces années de formation lui permettent de rejoindre ensuite Steven Spielberg, pour qui il assure les mêmes fonctions sur Indiana Jones et le Temple maudit en 1984 et Always en 1989.

Cette même année sort sa première réalisation, la comédie fantastique familiale Chérie, j'ai rétréci les gosses, un énorme succès commercial à travers le monde, qui engendre plusieurs suites, confiées à d'autres metteurs en scène. Le jeune réalisateur poursuit sa collaboration avec les studios Disney, pour qui il réalise l'ambitieux Les Aventures de Rocketeer, qui ne parvient cependant pas à réitérer la prouesse commerciale de son premier essai, et met à mal les projets de trilogie. Cependant, le très bon accueil critique du film se poursuit au fil des années, au point de permettre à l'œuvre d'accéder au rang de film culte.

Disney lui confie ensuite un projet plus familial : Richard au pays des livres magiques, porté par la jeune star Macaulay Culkin, et le populaire Christopher Lloyd, qui sort en 1994. Cette fois, c'est l'échec critique et commercial, qui marque la fin de sa collaboration avec les studios.

Johnston rebondit rapidement vers un autre projet, produit par un studio plus modeste, mais porté par les effets spéciaux d'ILM : sorti en 1995, Jumanji est une adaptation du roman pour enfants de Chris Van Allsburg, avec Robin Williams dans le rôle principal. Les critiques sont mitigées, mais le public suit massivement, à l'échelle mondiale.


Entre films indépendants et grosses productions
Après quelques années d'absence, les studios Universal lui donnent la possibilité de réaliser son premier film adulte : Ciel d'octobre est un biopic crépusculaire à moyen budget adapté du roman de Homer Hickam, et reçoit un excellent accueil critique en 1999.

Le cinéaste décide néanmoins de retourner vers des productions commerciales : il met en scène Jurassic Park 3, qui conclut la trilogie amorcée par son ex-collaborateur Steven Spielberg. Le film remplit ses objectifs commerciaux, mais reçoit des critiques très mitigées en 2001.

En 2004, il poursuit dans le cinéma d'aventure en réalisant Hidalgo, qui renoue avec les fresques orientales des années 1960. Si les critiques sont là encore moyennes, le long-métrage est rentabilisé.

Après quelques années d'absence, il revient en 2010 à la tête du blockbuster fantastique Wolfman, qui lui permet, après la défection de Mark Romanek, de renouer avec un cinéma traditionnel, mais cette fois dopé par des effets spéciaux contemporains. Si l'accueil critique et commercial de ce remake du film éponyme de George Waggner est très mitigé, il est déjà en train de tourner son projet suivant.

En 2011 sort Captain America: First Avenger, premier opus de la trilogie centrée autour du héros éponyme de Marvel Comics : le long-métrage permet au cinéaste de livrer un film à l'ancienne, porté par une narration ancrée durant une deuxième guerre mondiale de carte postale, et au ton ouvertement romancé et optimiste. Le réalisateur a déjà signé pour la suite, mais la direction artistique prise par Marvel Studios l'amène finalement à être remplacé.

En 2013, il sort confidentiellement Témoin gênant, production indépendante, qui marque ses débuts dans le film d'action urbain, avec un casting d'inconnus, et néanmoins très bien reçu par la critique.

Best films

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
(Director)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
(Director)
Jumanji (1995)
(Director)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
(Director)
The Wolfman (2010)
(Director)
Willow (1988)
(Producer)

Usually with

George Lucas
George Lucas
(4 films)
James Horner
James Horner
(6 films)
Phil Tippett
Phil Tippett
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Joe Johnston (17 films)

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Actor

Empire of Dreams, 1h30
Directed by Kevin Burns
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Films about extraterrestrial life, Documentary films about films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Ben Burtt, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg
Roles Himself
Rating83% 4.1888854.1888854.1888854.1888854.188885
L'Empire des Rêves relate l'épopée que fût la création de la première trilogie Star Wars. Des tous premières ébauches de scénario dans l'esprit de son créateur George Lucas jusqu'au succès qu'on connaît à la saga, ce documentaire nous entraine dans les coulisses d'un tournage tantôt chaotique, tantôt enivrant, racontés par les acteurs, les membres de la production, et George Lucas lui-même.
Star Wars
Star Wars (1977)
, 2h1
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew
Roles Death Star Trooper (uncredited)
Rating82% 4.116444.116444.116444.116444.11644
The galaxy is in a civil war, and spies for the Rebel Alliance have stolen plans to the Galactic Empire's Death Star, a heavily armed and armored space station capable of destroying entire planets. Rebel leader Princess Leia is in possession of the plans, but her ship is captured by Imperial forces under the command of the evil Lord Darth Vader. Before she is captured Leia hides the plans in the memory of an astromech droid called R2-D2, along with a holographic recording. The droid, accompanied by fellow protocol droid C-3PO, escape from the captured ship to the desert planet Tatooine.

Director

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Directed by Joe Johnston, Lasse Hallström
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Children's films
Actors Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant
Rating55% 2.761662.761662.761662.761662.76166
À la veille de Noël, Clara, une petite fille, voulait une clé - une clé unique qui peut débloquer une boîte qui détient un cadeau inestimable de sa défunte mère. Un fil d'or, qui lui est présenté lors de la fête annuelle du parrain Drosselmeyer, la conduit à la clé convoitée qui disparaît rapidement dans un monde parallèle étrange et mystérieux. C'est là que Clara rencontre un soldat nommé Phillip, un groupe de souris et les régents qui veille trois Royaumes: la Terre des Flocons de neige, la Terre des Fleurs et la Terre des Bonbons. Clara et Phillip doivent braver le quatrième Royaume inquiétant, celui de la tyran, la mère Ginger, pour récupérer la clé de Clara et, espérons-le, retourner l'harmonie dans le monde instable.
Not Safe for Work, 1h14
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Max Minghella, JJ Feild, Molly Hagan, Michael Gladis, Christian Clemenson, Brandon Keener
Rating57% 2.897672.897672.897672.897672.89767
John Ferguson, a whistleblower at Denning, a major pharmaceutical company, becomes disillusioned with the perceived lack of action taken against the company, murders several executives, and commits suicide as the police enter the building. Tom Miller, a paralegal assigned to the Denning case, subsequently loses confidence in the scheduled trial against Denning, as Ferguson was their star witness. Miller's boss criticizes his idealism as financially unsound, and when Miller writes an unsolicited memo on an unrelated case on the Gambizzi crime family, Alan Emmerich, one the partners at the law firm, fires him. Roger, Miller's friend and a fellow paralegal, initially commiserates with Miller, but returns to the office in order to work late. Emmerich sends everyone else, including Miller's girlfriend, Anna, home early due to a technical problem with the firm's Internet access.
Captain America: The First Avenger, 1h59
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Superhero films, Political films, Alternate history films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper
Rating68% 3.4490753.4490753.4490753.4490753.449075
In the present day, scientists in the Arctic uncover a frozen circular object with a red, white, and blue motif in the cockpit of a derelict aircraft.
The Wolfman, 1h43
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Géraldine Chaplin, Elizabeth Croft
Rating57% 2.8995552.8995552.8995552.8995552.899555
In 1891, Ben Talbot is confronted by a fierce creature in the Blackmoor woods. He tries to escape, but is killed by the beast.
Hidalgo
Hidalgo (2004)
, 2h16
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Le désert
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zuleikha Robinson, Silas Carson, Adam Alexi-Malle
Rating66% 3.349263.349263.349263.349263.34926
In 1891, American Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) and his mustang, Hidalgo, are part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, where they are advertised as "the world's greatest distance horse and rider". Hopkins had been a famous distance rider, a cowboy, and a dispatch rider for the United States government; in the latter capacity he carried a message to the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment authorizing the Wounded Knee Massacre of Lakota Sioux.
Jurassic Park III, 1h35
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Clonage, Dinosaur films, Films about computing, La préhistoire, Films based on science fiction novels, Animaux préhistoriques, Cyberpunk films
Actors Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Laura Dern
Rating59% 2.950672.950672.950672.950672.95067
Tourists Ben Hildebrand and Eric Kirby decide to parasail around the island of Isla Sorna. A creature of unknown species attacks and kills the boat crew as it passes through a fog bank, but Ben uncouples the line, and with Eric bound with him, he goes sailing into the wilderness.
October Sky, 1h48
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Political films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg
Rating77% 3.899183.899183.899183.899183.89918
The film is set in Coalwood, West Virginia in October 1957. The coal mine is the town's largest employer and almost every man living in the town works in the mines. John Hickam (Chris Cooper), the mine superintendent, loves his job and hopes that his boys, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal), will one day join him in his mine. When it appears that Jim will receive a football scholarship to attend college, this leaves Homer to fulfill his father's dream, although his mother, Elsie (Natalie Canerday), hopes for more for her son.
Jumanji
Jumanji (1995)
, 1h44
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about animals, Films about education, Films about children, Pregnancy films, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Christmas films, Time travel films, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Films about insects, Films about lions, Films about birds, Films about apes, L'enfance marginalisée, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Reptile, Films about school violence, Mise en scène d'une plante
Actors Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde
Rating69% 3.4520753.4520753.4520753.4520753.452075
In 1869, two brothers bury a mysterious chest from which the sound of drumbeats can be heard. A century later, 12-year-old Alan Parrish escapes from a group of bullies to a shoe factory owned by his father, Samuel Parrish. When Alan accidentally damages a machine, Carl Bentley, an employee at the factory and Alan's friend, is blamed and dismissed. The bullies attack Alan and steal his bicycle. Alan follows the sound of tribal drumbeats to a construction site, where he finds a chest containing a board game called Jumanji, and takes the game home.
The Pagemaster, 1h15
Directed by Joe Johnston, Pixote Hunt
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Films about dragons, L'enfance marginalisée, Children's films, Films about school violence
Actors Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Begley Jr., Mel Harris, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg
Rating60% 3.003573.003573.003573.003573.00357
Pessimistic Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) lives life based on statistics and fears everything. His exasperated parents (Ed Begley, Jr. and Mel Harris) have tried multiple ways to build up the courage of their son, but to little success. Richard is sent to buy a bag of nails for building a treehouse. However, Richard gets caught in a harsh thunderstorm and takes shelter in a library. He meets Mr. Dewey (Christopher Lloyd), an eccentric librarian who gives him a library card, despite Richard's protests he doesn't want a book, since he's only there to escape the storm. Searching for a phone, Richard finds a large rotunda painted with famous literary characters. He slips on some water dripping from his coat and falls down, knocking himself out. Richard awakens to find the rotunda art melting, which washes over him and the library, turning them into illustrations.
The Rocketeer, 1h48
Directed by Joe Johnston, Mark L. Dindal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Children's films
Actors Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Tiny Ron Taylor
Rating63% 3.1999653.1999653.1999653.1999653.199965
In 1938 Los Angeles, California, two members of mobster Eddie Valentine's (Paul Sorvino) gang steal a rocket pack from Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn). During their exciting escape they enter an airfield. Stunt pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell) and airplane mechanic, then find the mysterious rocket inside a biplane in their employer's hangar, where the getaway driver hid it. Meanwhile, Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton)for whom the rocket was stolen, sends his monstrous henchman, Lothar (Tiny Ron), to the hospital, where the injured getaway driver tells him that he hid the rocket at the airfield. Sinclair dispatches the mobsters to search for the missing device.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, 1h33
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Films about insects, Children's films
Actors Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland, Thomas Wilson Brown, Amy O'Neill
Rating62% 3.1494453.1494453.1494453.1494453.149445
Eccentric scientist and inventor Wayne Szalinski lives in his suburban home attempting to perfect a ray gun capable of shrinking objects, but the apples he uses as test objects instead blow up. After an argument between Wayne and his wife Diane, she spent the night with her mother and is currently at work, worrying her teenaged daughter Amy, and their son Nick, who has inherited his father's inventive ingenuity and intelligence. Next door neighbors; the Thompsons, are getting ready for a fishing trip, but Russ' oldest son Little Russ is less than enthusiastic, as he and his father's interests often clash, resulting in his feeling belittled, and he is more interested in meeting Amy than spending the weekend camping. Younger son Ron, however, is enthusiastic, though his relationship with Russ Sr. is strained when he inadvertently sets off a booby trap in the yard.

Producer

Captain America: The First Avenger, 1h59
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Superhero films, Political films, Alternate history films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper
Roles Executive Producer
Rating68% 3.4490753.4490753.4490753.4490753.449075
In the present day, scientists in the Arctic uncover a frozen circular object with a red, white, and blue motif in the cockpit of a derelict aircraft.
Willow
Willow (1988)
, 2h6
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film
Actors Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Billy Barty, Patricia Hayes
Roles Producer
Rating72% 3.6486153.6486153.6486153.6486153.648615
A prophecy states that a female child with a special birthmark will herald the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women in her realm to prevent fulfilment of the prophecy. When the prophesied child is born, the mother begs the midwife to take her to safety. The midwife reluctantly accepts, and leaves Nockmaar castle unnoticed. The mother is executed, and the midwife is eventually found. Knowing she cannot escape, she sets the baby on a makeshift raft of grass and sends her down the river, hoping for fate to run its course. Bavmorda sends her daughter Sorsha and General Kael to find the baby so that the prophecy can never be fulfilled.