Jurassic World came out in the UK yesterday, and naturally being a HUGE Jurassic Park fan, I had to see it the day of release. I went in with a fair few amount of doubts about this film, but walked out assured that this movie had been successful in purpose. It is most definitely a Jurassic Park movie for a new generation, but manages to at the same time, be a Jurassic Park movie for the "old" generation.
The Human Folk
Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard)
One of the things that many people noted in the trailer, was how much of cliche Bryce Dallas Howard's character, Claire, seemed. If you also noticed this in the trailer, then you were not wrong. In the beginning of the film, Howard's character is almost a cliche of a cliche. She's prim and proper, always smartly dressed, not a hair out of place, and is the stick up her a*** boss, that very typically views the animals as no more than figures on a page. Luckily, this uptight nature doesn't last the entire movie, so after a rocky start, you actually start to like the character.
She earns her metaphorical badassery medallion towards the middle of the film, getting a little action of her own, so the film is not completely male dominated, and by the end, is a well rounded character, who seems miles away from the one-dimensional, cold and aloof woman from the beginning.
Owen (played by Star-Lord. I mean Peter Quill. Sorry, I meant Chris Pratt)
Chris Pratt's Owen Grady, is the badass who rides a motorcycle, in the jungle, with a raptor squad. But he's a little bit more than that folks. He's the expert that they call in to have a look at the Indominus Rex Paddock. What's clear throughout the film, is that Grady has a love for these animals that Howard's character and the other higher ups at Jurassic World, don't. He cares for them, and more importantly, understands that these animals, although created, will react with their natural instinct. (Ian Malcolm 2?)
The kids. So and so, and whatshisface.
The kids of the movie, Claire's nephews who come to visit the park for a "family weekend" with the Aunt Claire, are essentially Lex & Tim from the first movie. The younger kid, who's name I'm told by the internet is Gray, is into Dinosaurs and reciting random Dinosaur facts just as much as Timmy was, and like Lex, his older brother, who's name the internet tells me is Zach, is completely un-interested and finds more joy in staring at every random female his age with a heartbeat that even thinks about looking in his direction.
Whilst eventually you begin to take somewhat of a liking to Gray, Zach never properly receives his character arc, so although he tries, you still find yourself somewhat disinterested by his entire existence.
Other Human Folk
Vincent D'Onofrio, a brilliant actor, who most recently played Fisk on Marvel's "Daredevil" is so severely underutilized in this film, it physically hurts. BD Wong, pops up every now and again, showing how much he hasn't aged in the last 22 years, and subsequently how much he hasn't learned from the first fiasco all those years ago. Irrfan Khan, is your mad-about-Dinosaurs-and-absolutely-everything fanatic for the movie, and Jake Johnson reprises his role as Nick from "New Girl" for some much appreciated humour.
The Good Stuff - The Dinosaur Folk
Mosasaurus - Dino from the Cretaceous period, mainly eats fish, hunts near the surface.
Early trailer reveals left audiences complaining about the CGI of this Dinosaur the most, but let me assure you that in the film, it all looks good. Without spoilers, this Dinosaur offers a lot more in the way of entertainment in the film, than you would expect. Keep a look for out for her scenes. She's a little badass in disguise.
Velociraptor - Pesky little pack hunters from the Cretaceous period. Owen Grady's homies?
Admittedly, the main thing that had me side-eyeing the trailer to this movie the first time I saw it, was the idea that you could train and tame a freakin' Velociraptor. I didn't like it, and I didn't want to see it. However, the film actually presents this idea in a very believable way. The shot of Chris Pratt on a motorcyle with them, and the scene above, made people, myself included, think that perhaps we were going to see a tamer, less lethal version of the Raptor. That could not be further from the truth. They are just as lethal in this film as they were in the original films, if not more so, so fear not, there are no tame Raptors at Jurassic World, folks.
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Otherwise known as My Homie.
The T-Rex, without spoilers, is as badass as you would expect. It just so happens to be the very same Rex from the first film, which let's in a little nostalgia for fans of the original movies. The ditching of the animatronics, meant that even though we had a completely CGI Rex, the range of movement in action scenes, was far better than it could of been if they'd used the old method. I'm going to go ahead and call a VERY MILD SPOILER ALERT HERE, READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK.
There was one small scene at the beginning, where some food, dead food mind you, was brought out to lure the T-Rex out for park visitors, in a move so similar to the first film, with one exception. The Rex actually came out, ducked its head and ate the food, and then seemingly walked away. This annoyed me for a variety of reasons, most notably the whole "T-Rex doesn't like to be fed, he likes to hunt" from the first movie, and the apparent decision to completely ignore that.
Although, after much thought, it occurred to me, that it being the same T-rex, presumably it's been fed like that for nigh on 22 years, and so perhaps is now used to being fed, as opposed to hunting.
Although I think that upsets me more.
The Big "Bad" - The Indominus Rex
Understandably, it's very hard to say anything about the Indominus without going into major spoiler territory, but I will say, this genetically modified hybrid, is far scarier than even the trailers make it seem. The Indominus has some crazy abilities which I really wish they had shown a little more, but other than that, it's as terrifying as you can get. Those slow, creepy moments from the originals where a T-Rex head, jaws and teeth would be mere inches away from your characters face, go to the Indominus in this film. Ridiculously frightening, considering that at least with the T-Rex, if you "don't move a muscle" there's a chance of survival. The Indominus however, and this is where I call another MILD SPOILER ALERT, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The Indominus actually senses heat signatures. So unless you find a way to block your heat signature, you're kinda, sorta, screwed.
All in all, Jurassic World is a damn good movie, far better than I ever expected it would be. It's a brilliant new Jurassic Park movie for a new generation, and although it got off to a slow start, it picks up very quickly, and is one massive thrill ride from then on out. These dinosaurs are far smarter than we've ever seen them, and far more lethal, and the film is littered with some pretty good scares, and references, worthy of the original.
I give Jurassic World an 8/10, for exceeding my expectations, and giving us all a bloody (wink, wink) good summer Dinosaur movie!
Keep reading if you've seen the movie, for my fav scene!!
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT COMING UP, STOP HERE IF YOU'VE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE.
SERIOUSLY, STOP READING. DON'T RUIN IT FOR YOURSELF.
Ok, my number one absolute favourite scene for the movie, has got to be when they decide to use the Velociraptors to hunt down the Indominus. The idea being, the Raptors will corner it, and they can go ahead, all guns blazing, and light the Indominus up, killing it. It doesn't of course go to plan, when low and behold the Raptors all look up to the Indominus like it's a god, AND THEY START FREAKING COMMUNICATING. Now, I knew all along the Indominus was part Raptor, but when that big ol' Dinosaur, grumbles low in its throat, with the same noise as a Raptor, before all four Raptors turn to face the humans, I officially lost my Sh*it. It was too cool for school, and was perfectly executed.
My second favourite scene, was obviously the end fight. When Claire got the flare (rhyming swag), I was on the edge of my seat. It was obvious my homie (T-Rex) was coming, and obvious that there was going to be a massive fight between the Rex and the Indominus. It was ridiculously satisfying, and the Rex came out at the right moment, to prove to us all, that the T-Rex is the King of the Kingdom, and that your genetically modified care bear can SUCK IT. Also the Mososaurus came out swinging, for a very satisfying end.