The first time I saw the trailer for this film, I was in my AP U.S. History class. It felt like Jurassic Park, with enough nostalgia to win me over to be very excited for this movie. Seeing my fellow classmates and my teacher light up with excitement only heightened my anticipation. I walked into Jurassic World thinking, "It had better be better than Jurassic Park III." Thankfully, it is. Not by much.
Jurassic World has ambition for sure, bringing John Hammond's vision to life. Some of it pays off in spectacular fashion, bringing new dinosaurs such as the awesome Indominous Rex to the screen as well as bringing old favorites such as the velociraptors to clash in all of their CGI glory. Chris Pratt also adds to the ambition bringing charisma, humor, and action- star-likeableness to the film. The dinosaurs and Pratt are both extremely entertaining especially with both onscreen. That being said, not much else in Jurassic World blends together well. Other than Pratt, no one is a likeable character. In the original Jurassic Park, we had Dr. Grant, Dr. Sadler, Ian Malcom, and even John Hammond. All of these were likeable characters that we related to. In Jurassic World, however, a character is either a cartoon or is just unnecessary. A prime example would be Bryce Dallas Howard's character who is a super stereotypical "I'm super organized" business executive or a pair of kids that were only in the film to connect with younger audiences and run away from the I-Rex. These characters also seem to forget what common sense is and how it is to be used at times.
Another stumbling point on Jurassic World's part would be its subplots. Without giving too much away, One character has the ambition to turn Raptors into weapons fro the military. That is just one of the many subplots in the film that A). Excel in stupidity. B). Waste your time for cheap bonding/ character moments. Or C). Are introduced and never expanded upon.
The CGI, while decent, pales in comparison to the original Jurassic Park, the T-Rex is absent for a good 98% of the film, and iconic Jurassic Park roar of the T-Rex and theme composed by John Williams both seem to fall flat due to a few notes missing.
Overall, Jurassic World has a few enjoyable moments, but it falls flat. It relys way too much on CGI, the story with its subplots feels very convoluted, and there are a total of two or three likeable characters. I may be in the minority, but The Lost World: Jurassic Park is more entertaining than Jurassic World, but Jurassic World does surpass Jurassic Park 3.