After twenty-two years of waiting, Jurassic World finally hits theaters, and does it deliver! Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World is an action packed thrill ride, full of twists, turns, and surprises. I won't give away too many spoilers....maybe. Let's get started shall we?
What I like to do with my movie reviews are a bit different, I'm not going to critique it all fancy. I like to go through the movie from start to finish and give you my pros & cons about the film, starting with the pros.
The movie keeps the classic John Williams score and feel throughout, with some updated touches that really bring you back into the feel of Jurassic Park.
When you have a film starring Chris Pratt, you know it will have some playful dialogue, as well as social satire. Though it's a more serious role for Pratt, he still manages to keep a good balance of seriousness, along with that Chris Pratt charm we all know and love, as well as some playful, funny dialogue from the other characters as well. The writers of the film definitely kept true to the original material. The balance of action and story was absolutely brilliant in my opinion.
From the start I was unsure about how things would turn out, the cheesy typical douchey, sixteen year old brother came off a little generic to me, but as the film went on it changed dynamics completely. Once they first arrive at the park, it's magical, full of bright vibrant colors, awesome attractions. But seeing dinosaurs isn't enough for the visitors of the park. They want bigger, and badder. They design a brand new dinosaur, called the Indominous Rex. Which you find out later is a hybrid of a T-Rex with some DNA from some other animals, as well as other dinosaurs. Let me tell you, this thing is a force to be reckoned with. The owners of the park bring in Chris Pratt, an ex-navy seal named Owen, that InGen brought on to train Raptors. InGen wants to use these Raptors as a military force, to replace or fight along side soldiers in battle. Good idea right? Owen comes to the park to take a look at this new monster of a dinosaur. That's when shit hits the fan. They find out it can hide from thermal scanners, and camouflage itself to stay hidden, even though it's twice the size of a T-Rex. Hard to keep something like that hidden, right? Owen along side two other park workers go to investigate the cage because he believes it escaped. Wrong again, it tricked them so they would go inside the cage, giving it a chance to eat, and escape. When we first see the Indominous in full view, you really feel how terrifying this thing actually is. As anyone would assume, it escapes and starts killing everything in sight. But I will stop there and let you see the movie for yourself.
THE VISUAL EFFECTS:
Jurassic Park is known for its stunning visuals, and use of animatronics. That is another thing Jurassic World has stayed true to. The balance of special and visual effects are incredible, and make these dinosaurs look and feel so much more real. When you first enter the park and get to see all these great attractions and dinosaurs, it's like stepping into Disney World for the first time as a kid and being amazed by all these wonderful things. And they are all truly wonderful. The giant mesosaurus, the whale like dinosaur we see in the trailers looks way more badass on the big screen, and doesn't disappoint. It very well may be the coolest dinosaur in the entire park, and has a moderately big role in the film.
This movie is full of non-stop insanity, along with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't get me started on Chris Pratt's Raptor squad. In the trailers, I thought, that may not be very good given in the original the Raptors were the most terrifying thing about the movie. They were unpredictable, and came from nowhere. Don't worry, they aren't just pets, they are still unpredictable. They are still animals, just remember that. I won't say anymore. Collin Trevorrow, did an amazing job keeping everyone on the edge with suspenseful action we didn't get in the previous sequels. In almost an what can go wrong will indefinitely go wrong, which includes a various scenes of hectic dinosaur gone wild killing people, and a pretty epic battle between the Indominous Rex and everyones favorite badass dinosaur, the T-Rex.
Honestly, there aren't a lot of cons. I don't even think I can list that many, so I will keep this short and sweet. Does this movie stand up to the classic Jurassic Park? As far as how Jurassic Park was and impacted people, no. I don't think they could ever beat the original. But does it stand as a sequel? Absolutely. It blew me away, and exceeded my expectations. Nevertheless, I did have some problems with it. The beginning of the film was very cheap in my opinion, and seemed as if the writers didn't know how to really start off the film. It starts off at the house of the two bothers we see in the trailers, Zach and Gray. They are getting ready to leave to go to Jurassic World for the first time. There wasn't a lot of set up time for those characters, which is fine because it wasn't needed, but it didn't make me care for them that much. Well for the oldest brother Zach. My only complaint was that the only two strong characters were Owen (Chris Pratt) and Caitlin (Bryce Dallas Howard). They were what kept the movie going, on a character stand point. There were somethings that were pretty predictable, and things I thought were very silly.
But overall I don't have a lot of complaints, I'll just have to see it again to know for sure. It is definitely worth the watch, and lives up to the hype behind it. Jurassic World is easily the most fun I've had in a movie theater this year, even after seeing Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road.