Jurassic World (2015)
Jurassic World is open for business. More than 22 years since the failure of the original Jurassic Park, Jurassic World is thriving. After years of study, genetic scientists have found ways to genetically engineer new dinosaurs. Their latest creation, Indominus Rex, is a bit more than they bargained for. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Brian Tee, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley.
Jurassic World is the Jurassic Park for a new generation. Jurassic enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the towering T-Rex or the sly and intelligent raptors but movie goers may find Jurassic World a little frumpy when they look past the flashy CGI in search of a relatable and interesting story. So much about Jurassic World is reminiscent of Jurassic Park both outwardly and in subtle ways. The park and setting is spectacular. Everything about it made me wish it were real so that I could visit. (Who knows one day maybe!) Director Colin Treverrow does a fantastic job of paying homage to Spielberg, although not quite as fantastic as the master himself could have done I am sure. The CGI is exactly what you would expect too. The dinosaurs, when you aren’t up super close, look pretty darn real. The dino fight scenes and action sequences will stun you. Some were even a bit too gruesome for me but then I am a wimp when it comes to that sort of thing. My favorite thing by far are the raptors. Instead of being seriously scary they are still scary but now have an added cool factor because this film shows even more regarding their intelligence.
Where Jurassic World falls short is the meat of the film, the story. Everything about the story, its characters, everything just falls flat. There was something intimate and full of heart in the original Jurassic Park. That is completely lacking here. Performances by Pratt and crew are decent considering what they were given to work with. Jurassic World definitely would have been one hundred times better if someone had put some effort into developing a compelling story and a reason for us to care about the characters who are in this life and death situation.
All in all Jurassic World satisfies that certain itch that so many fans have been dying to scratch all these years. There is room for improvement on some levels, which considering the ending I think they have plans for that, but the dinosaurs certainly don’t disappoint and that is what it is all about. Right?
7/10 Stars – Raptors rule baby but T-Rex is still the king!
I was 11 years old when I saw Jurassic Park for the first time. I loved Dinosaurs and still do. In fact, Jurassic Park and The Lost World were 2 books that I actually read as a teen and I never read for pleasure! If you have taken a look at my Top 100 of All Time, you will notice that Jurassic Park is my #2 (and in reality it’s 1B) so Jurassic World had some big shoes to fill in my opinion.
Right off the bat, I felt like Jurassic World was just another sequel to one of the best movies ever. The opening scene when the eggs hatching was pretty lame compared to the opening Raptor scene in JP. In fact, the parallels to the original film are very similar so I was waiting for something “new.” Even the addition of this new “hybrid” dinosaur wasn’t different because in JP 3 we got the Spinosaurous who reigned over the T. Rex.
The major different that I can see from the other 3 films in the series is Chris Pratt himself. His character is a combination of Grant, Malcom and Moldune from the first movie. He is witty, smart and ready for action! People may just be looking for the dinosaurs, but he sure lifts the entertainment level by adding something new. Speaking of dinosaurs, for the first half of the movie, expect most of the attention to be on the new giant beastie. They set the story up to be all about her and use the other species very little, even the T. Rex. As the movie progresses, more and more dinos show up, but as background visuals. Remember that scene in the preview when Chris Pratt is on a motorcycle surrounded by Raptors? Well once you get to that point, Jurassic World becomes a WWE Dinosaur Cage Match to the Death! It becomes 1 giant free-for-all that is WAY over the top and frankly hard to follow. For the younger generation who didn’t grow up on Jurassic Park, they are going to love this kind of ending, but for people like me who have seen Jurassic Park over 30 times, it’s hard to say if I liked how it played out.
The beauty of Jurassic Park is in how simple it was. It showed dinos in their habitats and created tension filled moments through situations, storms and lack of control/electricity. What made me love it so much was the ending – the triumph of survival and the unlikely hero who saves the day. Here in Jurassic World, it reminded me of King Kong or Godzilla. The humans are just there trying to survive while the animals kick the shit out of each other. Is it entertaining? You bet, but at what creative price. As I said before, the younger generation will eat this up while the fans of Jurassic Park will feel like Jurassic World “had to go bigger” and it sure did.
When it is all said and done, I felt like Jurassic World had an oppurtunity to make a unique and lasting impression to set it apart from Jurassic Park and it failed. It will surely entertain from beginning to end, but it will never replace the greatness of the first movie. However, I could see an argument for it being better than The Lost World. Please don’t take my comparison to the 1993 classic as a knock on this movie as it is worth the watch, but don’t expect “greatness.”
8/10 Stars – Obviously not as great as the 1993 classic which is a 10 in my book, Jurassic World ends up being WWE with Dinos.