Review of Jurassic World

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Back, when I was a wee lad, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I could even rattle off their scientific names, which is a wonder given that these days I cannot even pronounce the surnames of foreign footballers. My love of prehistoric creatures was replaced with robots however, once the Transformers cartoon came to my attention. I briefly rediscovered how cool dinos can be when I watched Denver the Last Dinosaur… um I mean the original Jurassic Park. Sadly, the sequel movies weren’t very good. Over two decades after Steven Spielberg wowed audiences with the first film, a wild Jurassic World has appeared. Can it revitalize the franchise? Read on to find out.

OVERVIEW

Our tale begins with two youngsters (Zach and Gray) preparing for a trip. Aside from their suitcases, the boys are carrying the (emotional) baggage of their parents getting divorced. Hopefully visiting the Jurassic World theme park will help to get their thoughts away from such depressing matters. If you ask me Disney Land would have made for a more fun vacation, but I guess they got free tickets because their aunt is the park manager. Auntie Claire won’t have much time to spent with her nephews though, as she is busy working on a new attraction. In order to keep attendances up, management have genetically engineered a lizard that is deadlier than a T-Rex. What could possibly go wrong?

In news that should surprise no one, the above-mentioned Indominus Rex escapes from its enclosure. Owen Grady, a raptor trainer played by Chris Pratt, is tasked with capturing the beast before it begins to chow down on tasty customers. Pratt cements his place as a creditable Hollywood action star with this performance. He kicks arse in the movie, but isn’t able to emulate the charisma seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. Part of the reason is that he doesn’t have funny sidekicks to banter with. Owen is instead paired up with redhead Claire, for a shoehorned romance that lacks chemistry. If you ask me, Owen had a closer relationship with the raptors. Who can blame him? No one likes gingers.

VERDICT

Overall, I think this movie does enough to save the series from extinction. I wasn’t ever bored, even if the two-hour running time was a little excessive. The hunt for a bloodthirsty dinosaur didn’t need to be padded out with a military subplot, which revolved around the creation of chimeras. One thing that I found daft was that Claire spends the entire film wearing high heels. Not the best choice of footwear for someone who is constantly running away from danger. I guess no matter what, life… um style finds a way. Midway during the film actress Bryce Dallas Howard unbuttons her blouse. I suspect the move was to get viewers to stare at her cleavage, rather than her ridiculous shoes.

My rating for Jurassic World is a three out of five. It lacks the magic and suspense of the original, but is entertaining to watch (which is more than I can say for the last two movies.) The dinosaur effects are decent and help to mask how bland the human characters are. I didn’t feel anything when people got gobbled up. On the flip side there were moments were I felt sympathy for the wildlife casualties. These included the passing of a mortally wounded Brontosaurus and the scene where a juvenile Triceratops is assaulted. Sniff, poor dinosaurs. When I finish this review I’m going to watch a cartoon to cheer up. How about The Land Before Time? It looks cute, so I am certain it is devoid of any heart-breaking tragedies.

32 thoughts on “Review of Jurassic World

  1. Obviously, it was never going to capture the magic of the first film, but I really liked Jurassic World. I felt it took things in a new enough direction while still throwing in several homages to the original. I understand why they went with the military subplot (leading into the upcoming sequel and whatnot), but it does concern me…I haven’t really been wowed by the new trailers. That said, I’ll be seeing it shortly after it opens.

    • Hope you enjoy the next movie. It’s already out here in Europe. From what I hear we get the release early so it doesn’t clash with the World Cup. Good idea because many people will watch the tournament over going to the cinema.

      • Yeahhh I have to wait til the 22nd. I mean, I’ll be watching world cup stuff too, but not nearly as closely cuz the lame USMNT failed to qualify.

  2. Definitely one of the most uninspiring couples in a major blockbuster in a while. I plan on rewatching it before the sequel though, and hopefully the 3D effects are pretty good so that I can laugh at Claire’s high heels.

    • I don’t get why so many Hollywood movies feel the need to inject romance into a story that doesn’t need it. Back when this movie came out Dallas Howard was moaning that everyone was focused on her shoes rather than her performance. Credit to her for managing to dash in those things. Many people cannot walk in heels without toppling over, let alone run in them.

  3. I enjoyed this way more than I expected to and thought it did a decent job of relaunching the franchise. Not hearing very good things about Fallen Kingdom though…

    • Right now Fallen Kingdom has a score of 52 on Metacritic. Most of the reviews are mixed to positive. Looks like the movie is doing okay, in terms of international box office. Relief for fans who want to see a third installment, currently planned for 2021.

  4. I enjoyed this one. You’re right that it didn’t capture the magic of the original, but it was at least entertaining. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the new one is much the same.
    Denver the Last Dinosaur … The theme is stuck in my head now.

  5. I’ve only ever seen the first Jurassic Park film and even then I wasn’t overawed by it. It had some good moments and the dinosaurs were amazing but when it ended, I remember thinking “Was that it?” since it was hyped beyond belief at the time.

    So, for that reason I never bothered with the others – and still won’t! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • The original movie blew my mind, back when I saw it. Watching it on the big screen, at the cinema, was a factor. My younger self was also easier to impress than I am now. Old age has made me more cynical. I think this movie is worth a rental, but if you aren’t a fan of the series you can easily skip it.

  6. Hehe, I’m still obsessed with dinosaurs ๐Ÿ˜€ The Land Before Time was a favourite of mine, as a child. Too bad about littlefoot’s parents though. That broke my wee heart. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    The sequels to Jurassic Park and the dinosaur inaccuracy, kinda put me off watching this movie. However, watching someone try to out run a dinosaur in heels, sounds hilarious. So you might have just changed my mind about this movie. hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Land Before Time was popular back in the day. It’s insane how many sequels it got. Jurassic World comments on the inaccuracy in this film. One character says that people think reptile dinosaurs look cooler than feathered ones so they made them with lizard DNA.

  7. The high heels were crazy! I have no idea how she didn’t break an ankle running in those things. If they were smaller heels, then I’d understand, but she had proper high heels on.

    It was an okay movie, but I was a bit disappointed by the dinosaurs. The CGI is amazing and the dinosaurs looked great, but they lacked the charm from the original. I also found the original dinosaurs looked better…they weren’t really animated so maybe that’s why.

    • I don’t understand why she didn’t take off the heels. Surely going barefoot would be better when sprinting. Special effects are a double edged sword. CGI gives film makers greater freedom with respect to action scenes, but nothing beats a good animatronic.

  8. When I was a kid I loved Dinosaurs too. I could even spell all their names, now I can barely get T-Rex right. LOL. Nothing beats the original Jurassic Park.

    • Yeah, over the years I have forgotten most of the dino names. Same goes for most of the things I learnt at school. I don’t feel bad about forgetting fractions or chemical symbols, but I do regret losing my dinosaur knowledge.

  9. I recall walking out of the theaters liking this movie but then when my friend who hadn’t seen any previous JP movie asked what happened, any time I recapped a plot he’d say “Wait, that kind of happened in this movie too.” Looks like the new one is basically The Lost World again.

    • I think one could make a JP story with more depth, if they focused more on the dangers of man playing god. This movie however was content with being a mindless popcorn flick. Depending on one’s mood/taste that can be a good or bad thing.

    • The Indominus Rex was pretty cool. Given that the military wants to create living weapons it will be interesting to see how inventive they get with dinosaur chimeras in future films.

  10. I didn’t think the Jurassic Park series was still a thing to be honest. Chris Pratt seems like a highlight but I’m probably going to continue being oblivious to this series.

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