I'll admit it. I have never seen any of the first three Jurassic Park movies.
I have no excuse. I'm old enough to remember the original theatrical release. Truth is, I just never got around to seeing the first three. Because of this, I approached Jurassic World with a bit of trepidation. Would I understand what was going on? Would it stand on its own? These questions ran through my mind while screening the film, and by the end I had my answer. Here are three things I learned while watching Jurassic World:
1.) You don't need to see the other Jurassic Park films, but you'll want to
While seeing the original trilogy is not absolutely necessary, Jurassic World contains just the right amount of nostalgia to appeal to more savvy fans. If anything, Jurassic World may inspire a new generation of people to watch the original adventures on home (streaming?) video.
2.) Chris Pratt Is a Bonafide Action Star
With Guardians of the Galaxy and now Jurassic World under his belt, Pratt proves he can play the good guy as well. The character of Owen is a swashbuckling hero that even Indiana Jones would love.
3.) Vincent D'Onofrio Steals the Show (Again)
It's no secret that Vincent D'Onofrio has amassed a large and respected body of work. While I loved his Edgar character in Men in Black, most fans will more likely recognize him as Wilson Fisk from Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series. In Jurassic World, he plays Hoskins, a character that knows how to get under your skin. Whether it's from the way he jostles his jaw, or how he strides into a room, Hoskins is a guy you love to hate.