The bar was set high with Jurassic Park. Spielberg's brilliant direction and great characters are what made it so great and revolutionary. Now, having only seen the first movie in the trilogy, I can only compare Jurassic World to Park. Does it come close to the brilliance of the original?
No, not at all.
So, is it a bad movie?
No, not at all. I had a good time.
Chris Pratt excels as the velociraptor-training Owen Grady. His screen presence gave many scenes of this movie a great energy. Bryce Dallas Howard is also great as the strong and pragmatic Claire Dearing. The CGI for the dinosaurs is top notch(which is a compliment, yes, but doesn't warrant a lot of value since SO many movies come out with consistently great CGI). The central theme about corporate greed and excess is well realized. Michael Giacchino's score blends seamlessly with the scenery. The slow and methodical reveal of the Indominus Rex is inspired and reminds one of the reveal of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. And the 3rd act: just amazing.
However, the movie is superficial. It prefers visual spectacle over depth and development in the more human aspects and the writing. There is virtually no character development for any of the characters, and any attempts at it (with the kids and their family) come off as cliched. So when anyone get into a life-threatening situation with the Indominus Rex, it is impossible to feel tension for the characters, as the lack of character development inhibits any connection between the audience and the characters on screen. In conjunction, there are many instances where the emotion is forced, almost as if the film does not earn it up those points. The first act of this movie is extremely slow, and the entire film is barred with awkward and often straight-up weird dialogue. The movie is also lacking in comedy, and what comedy is present, does not work half the time. Stepping back from the spectacle, it is easy to notice that the plot is just...there. No real intricacy, things just kind of...happen.
In all fairness, the technical aspects and the performances hold this film up to slightly above average fare. This is no masterpiece like the original Jurassic Park, but hey, it could have been a lot worse.