Set Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly but that backfire creates a film full of action, spectacle and heart.
Jurassic World is a ton of fun, the film centers around Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing as they set out on a quest to stop the I-Rex. All of the acting in the film is fantastic, Chris Pratt solidify’s himself as a blockbuster movie star and Howard does a fine job as the parks operator. The relationship between Owen and Claire feels a bit forced though, but the two make it work and have great chemistry together.
Although I did find the relationship between Owen and his raptors stronger than the Owen/Claire relationship. They make a human being an alpha to 4 raptors work and it is fantastic to watch. Seeing the respect that both man and animal have for each other is awesome and seems believable, I want me a pet raptor.
Also the other big relationship in the film is between Ty Simpkin’s Gray Mitchell and Nick Robinson’s Zach Mitchell. Colin Trevorrow has perfectly crafted a story about brotherly bonds and it’s fantastic to watch these characters come together in the face of the danger.
But, the main attraction here is the dinosaurs and by god did we get dinosaurs. The park is full of dinosaurs ranging from deadly T-Rex’s to cute little dinos that you can pet and ride, the film really does show how a park with dinosaurs would work and it looked like a place I would love to visit that is until the I-Rex shows up.
The I-Rex, is a hybrid dinosaur created by the humans as a way to get more people in the park and what do people want to see? Big dinosaurs with 100’s of teeth? Probably not a good idea. Without spoiling too much the I-Rex is a dominant beast, the way it out smarts pretty much everyone in the film is truly amazing to watch and is by far the most formidable Dino that has been seen in the Jurassic films.
The films action and cgi are amazing, the action is heart stopping and thrilling and at some points, terrifying and gory, the film will surely scare the younger ones and as it should, these are fracking dinosaurs. The story is also well made and works, it has its flaws but the good outweighs the bad. The humor in the film is great, I found myself laughing out loud a couple times in the theater. The call backs to the first Jurassic Park aren’t very subtle, but are great fan service.
The film isn’t without it’s flaws though, a couple side characters, such as Omar Sy’s Barry are throw away and aren’t fully fleshed out, they’re just sort of there. Vincent D’Onoforio’s Vic Hoskins is also a pretty paint by numbers character and feels likes a waste of a great talent. The film also starts out a little slow and takes a while to get moving, Pratt doesn’t enter into the film until around the 20 minute mark, but when he comes in the film instantly kicks into gear and never looks back.
But the big question, is it better then Jurassic Park? To me, yes, it gives a more modern take on the Jurassic formula and it works perfectly, the film is sure to give young kids now the feels that their parents got when they first saw Jurassic Park and with more action and kick ass moments, the film is now the definitive Jurassic Park movie.
All in all life found a way and Jurassic World ticks all the boxes and creates an action pack romp with heart.
Jurassic World is playing now, are you going to check it out? And if you do leave your thoughts of the film below!!!!