"Jurassic World" is the newest addition to the "Jurassic Park" franchise and is essentially a reboot of the whole thing, choosing to ignore the events of both "The Lost World" and "Jurassic Park 3." The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'onofrio, and Jake Johnson in the lead roles and takes the audience back to the world of dinosaurs once again.
The general idea of the film is fairly straight forward. Bouncing off of the ideas presented in the original "Jurassic Park," people have decided to reopen the park under the name Jurassic World. Everything seems contained and it actually works well as a theme park of sorts. Because there needs to be kids in danger in all of these movies, two brothers end up in Jurassic World for the weekend. Having bread dinosaurs to gain more of a crowd, the scientists end up with a hyper intelligent beast which eventually gets out of containment and wreaks havoc on the park.
Chris Pratt works well in the lead role of this film. Seeing him command his trained raptors is neat and shows the control he is able to demonstrate, along with the mutual respect he and his raptors share for one another. He also has his jokes, mainly when interacting with Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), indicating something of a history between the two of them early on. It works because the relationship stuff is never really forced upon the audience. Howard too does a nice job as the park operator as her difference in opinion from Pratt in regards to the dinosaurs creates a nice constant which is brought up from time to time.
Vincent D'onofrio was one of the more annoying characters in the film for me. His intentions were always clear in that he wanted to use the dinosaurs to further his own gains, leaving nothing to real suspense. I do kind of wish his true intentions had been kept in the dark until the last act of the film. Jake Johnson is in the film as well. He's more of the comic relief if anything, but he ended up with more of a purpose in the film than I expected when I first saw him on screen. He too does a nice job and it's nice to see him in a more serious-ish role for once.
The dinosaurs in the movie look great. Having moved mainly to CGI by this point, the creatures all look realistic, with the CGI allowing for facial expressions not possible with animatronics. The primary dinosaur villain and the raptors stick out the most in regards to detail, with each raptor having a unique look to them.
There are some cheesy aspects to this film which do tend to stick out when watching it. Both with dialogue and some action scenes, there were parts which made me turn my head, thinking about the necessity of some parts of the movie itself. None of this stuff really ruined the film for me in any way, but it just sticks out in my head nonetheless.
One thing which was extremely satisfying is the amount of death which happens throughout the film. It's not just one or two people who happen to be killed or eaten. There's a large amount of people the big bad dinosaur takes down, along with worthy kills by some of the other beasts on the island. Having just watched the main trilogy, I can't help but notice the more realistic take on the carnage a creature like this would cause.
"Jurassic World" is an extremely fun film. Despite some cheesiness and a run time which just barely overstays its welcome, this next installment is a worthy addition to "Jurassic Park" and I look forward to the sequels which will likely be in theaters over the next few years.
But those are my thoughts. Let me know yours in the comments below!
Check out my video review of "Jurassic World" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePfiTgNF32E