Jurassic World (2015 USA)

jurassic worldWhile the set up is predictable as well as it’s outcome, this is a fun two hours of distraction. I would put J W in the same category as most 21st century Hollywood films; the story line won’t make you think, the characters won’t go through any psychological changes but you will be thoroughly entertained by the special effects. That’s what many people watch movies for – to be blown away by the sheer visual spectacle.

The dinosaur effects in this film are probably the best in the series so far and while there are moments of obvious CGI, it really does not distract from how far effects have come over the 22 years from the first movie to this one. In terms of reptilian carnage, this film comes in a little behind The Lost World in that department, but not by much. The body count is higher here than in any of the other films in the series.

But it lacks the tension and showmanship that Jurassic Park and The Lost World both enjoyed. Its half an hour before we see the first dinosaur, and its hard to care about anyone being served up for dinner. Its a shame the screenplay did not allow for more emotional punch, denying the audience something really memorable to experience.

Unlike the last 3 movies however, this film is made up of mostly new characters to hold off the Dinosaurs. With the sole exception of a small side character from the original Jurassic Park film played by BD Wong, who  is only there to somehow fulfill continuity from the first film to the new one. It would have made more sense to bring in some of the original leads to bridge the whole series together but that seems to be asking too much.

jurassic wThe new characters, starting with lead Chris Pratt, are fine but underwritten and clichéd. Pratt’s character and performance is really the only bright spot of the new cast of characters but he lacks the cool sarcastic wit and intelligence of Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm and the everyman appeal of Sam Neill’s Dr Alan Grant.

Pratt does get overshadowed by the dinosaurs once the bloody carnage begins. Bryce Dallas Howard is a major weakness in her uptight, corporate woman with no – life role. Vincent D’Onofrio is merely OK as the resident head of security of the park. Of course, there are two kids who plays the nephews of Howard’s character.

They are put in the middle of the action once it begins, leading to a predictable climax that is full of thrills, but could also have been seen a mile a away.I think the Jurassic Park franchise has become a parody of the first one and this was a good way to end it, with all the references included. Yet I will bet my bottom dollar that they will make another one because Jurassic World generated a billion $. And you can take that to the bank.

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  1. I agree. The #1 reason this was a hit was because of the spectacle. Children and teenagers want to see dinosaurs chasing people. The only reason I went to see it was because of the controversy over the film being sexist. I wrote a short post on it called “Why a Woman Needs a Man.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any helpful feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/jurassic-world/

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  2. Thank you for sharing that, Chris. I wasn’t aware of any controversy. Will check out your post.

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  3. Excellent review, I couldn’t agree more!

    Predictable? Definitely. Clichéd? Sure. A fun spectacle to check out on the big screen? Heck yes! 😀

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  4. Thanks Marina! It must be fun working on the special effects in stuff like this. 🙂

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