You can watch my initial review here: https://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/06/12/jurassic-world-review--6-3302507?lt_source=external,manual
If you've watched my first review, you'll see that I gave the film a highly positive review. After a second viewing, I still really enjoyed Jurassic World! It has been getting mixed reactions from fans and critics alike, though I'm not sure how $204 domestic/$511worldwide box office with an A cinema score and 70% on rotten tomatoes translates into mixed. But here is a more in-depth review of the film after giving it a second viewing.
At it's core, Jurassic World is a blockbuster monster action film. Movie-goers of 2015 are more savvy than in years past. We aren't willing to settle for movies that ask you to turn off your brain. We require thoughtful insight to be delivered with dazzling visuals and edge-of-your-seat action. This is where the Jurassic Park sequel suffers. It provides big-blockbuster action that I was captivated with but you don't need to look very hard to find flaws.
The major issue that plagues this dino-flick is the script. The controversy for writing credits for Jurassic World are well documented and unfortunately you can see the script issues everywhere. The final product feels unevenly paced, awkwardly unfocused and includes it's fair share of not-so-great dialogue. Our final product decides to introduce so many ideas and storylines that there isn't enough time to wrap any of them up. Was there a need for a divorce sub-plot that is mentioned once, alluded to once more and does nothing to move the story along? It leaves you wondering what the original script from Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver could have produced if it had not been altered with.
The dinosaurs are the stars however and they do shine. After countless complaints that films like Godzilla (2014) and the Transformers series focus too much on the human characters, it is refreshing to see a film that stays connected with the non-human stars of the show. I loved the direction the film took with the velociraptors. The series has basically been built on a huge respect for the prehistoric pack-predators and that respect is pinnacle to the Jurassic World story. All of the other dinosaurs, minus Indominus Rex which we will get to in a moment, play second fiddle and serve to help the world-building of this universe. My personal favorite pre-historic animal to appear was the sea-monster mosasaurus.
The true star of the film however, is the newly created hybrid Indominus Rex. His design is pretty awesome, if not a little on the ugly side, and it serves it's purpose as an apex predator. But so much was left on the table with the Indominus. So many abilities were bred into this predator but the film never truly explores these abilities. Indominus Rex's intelligence was made clear early in the film. The mega-dino does demonstrate intelligence throughout but many times she does seem to just be a big baddy stomping around and killing. More perplexing was the Rex's ability to camouflage and alter it's thermoregulation. Both abilities were demonstrated once and given brief explanations but weren't developed beyond that. So many possibilities were opened with hybrid breeding and it was a shame to see the filmmakers just throwing random abilities at the drawing board and never truly exploring what those possibilities could do.
Female and minority depiction continues to be a hot-spot when discussing film and its a personal interest of mine. Jurassic World gets not so great marks on this front. Bryce Dallas Howard is great in the film. Her character is a bit annoying but she also has the biggest character arch of anyone. Additionally, we get a female saves male love interest situation that was a nice touch. Outside of her, women are nameless characters that serve no real purpose to the film. On the minority front, we do a bit better. The cast is very diverse and minority characters cover the spectrum from villain to hero. However, I won't spoil who or how it happens but a minority dies first. Yes, even in 2015 that horror movie trope still persists.
One aspect to the film that seems to have been over-looked is the animal rights and conservation message of the film. Chris Pratt's character is persistent in his respect for life and the treatment of his animals. Jurassic World provides insight into the downside of animals being used for human amusement. The series began by providing insight into humans thinking we are untouchable and this film expands on that notion.
But for all of it's shortcomings, Jurassic World does what it sets out to do: it provides a fully immersive experience. You get gorgeous scenery, realistic and awe-inspiring dinosaurs in a fantastic amusement park experience and big-time action! Is it as good as the original? No. But it's hard to recapture the magic of Jurassic World; a film that introduced movie-goers to realistic dinosaurs for the first time in 1993. If anything, Jurassic World is both aided and damaged by nostalgia. It provides audiences with enough throwbacks to keep your love of the franchise alive but can't live up to exceptionally high expectations set-up by the original.