Jurassic World Review

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Back in 1993, Jurassic Park captured the imaginations of both kids and adults alike. It was the turning point of cinematic history as it left audiences amazed at the realism of CGI. However, Jurassic Park’s sequels didn’t quite capture the imagination of fans as Jurassic Park did. Fourteen years after Jurassic Park III, Universal is trying its hand again at reviving interest in the Jurassic franchise with Jurassic World. Does Jurassic World live up to the original or does it continue the trend of bad Jurassic Park films?

On the surface, Jurassic World may seem like a disaster waiting to happen. Yet, somehow, the end result of Jurassic World is that it’s a smart, sci-fi thriller that explores what happens when John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur park comes true.

Jurassic World takes place during a time when Isla Nublar finally has a fully functional dinosaur theme park originally envisioned by John Hammond. As visitor rates begin to decline, a new hybrid dinosaur is created in order to stimulate public interest in the park again. As history tends to repeat itself, it ends up backfiring horribly.

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Jurassic World’s script is well realized by sophomore feature film director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). Instead of a film filled with exposition, they smartly let the audience figure things out as the film progresses. The film also cleverly address the dangerous theory of a theme park filled with giant dinosaurs. The creation of the hybrid dinosaur that terrorizes the park could very well happen if Jurassic World actually exists. Although Jurassic World looks like a rehash of Jurassic Park on the surface, it’s a more realistic film than Park in the way that the business of theme parks of represented. It’s this sort of realism that is able to captivate audiences and place them within the vivid world that Trevorrow created.

Despite all that, the film is filled with one-dimensional, clichéd characters. Seemingly every cliché corporate characters are represented in the film. There are also so many characters in the film that it’s hard to become emotionally involved with the focal characters. In addition, many of the characters aren’t written evenly. A couple of characters in the film makes smart decisions while some just have you shaking their head at their stupidity. While Trevorrow and Connolly made their names known for their insightful characters in Safety Not Guaranteed, they’re seemingly non-existent here.

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Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Claire, isn’t given much to do as the stereotypical controlling corporate stiff. Primarily, she’s used as a foil to Chris Pratt’s character, but Howard is engaging enough to grow on you as she does with the rest of the characters.

Chris Pratt is once again a very likeable presence as the laidback Raptor authority, Owen. His performance fits the film well, though he seems less charismatic than his breakout roles in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. This is primarily due to the amount of one-liners that were written for Pratt, both serious and funny. It’s very reminiscent of Bob Peck’s Muldoon character from the first film.

Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins are also good as Zach and Gray, respectively. Both actors have wonderful chemistry together and portray their sibling relationship well on screen.

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As much as I admire Vincent D’onofrio, his character is completely unnecessary. While Hoskins is used as a plot device, the path to which he becomes a focal character doesn’t quite pan out. It looks as if he’s the type of character that was shoehorned in to give the film a human antagonist.

The real stars of the film though are the dinosaurs themselves. Not surprisingly, much of the fun factor comes from seeing all the dinosaurs on-screen. These CGI creatures are able to make you cry, cheer and laugh more than their human counterparts. It’s surreal how far we’ve come where CGI dinosaurs have more of an emotional impact than the human characters do. When the Indominus Rex goes on his rampage, you fear more for the dinosaurs than you do the humans.

Overall, Jurassic World is surprisingly well done despite its glaring characters issues. While it doesn’t recapture the charm of Jurassic Park, it’s able to pay tribute to the film and add a fun and smart chapter to the Jurassic storyline. Get ready to feel like a kid again.

Rating: 4/5 atoms
NR 4 Atoms - B

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