Jurassic World may arguably be the best instalment of the franchise since the ground breaking Jurassic Park (1993), but that's not to say its without its faults.
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Conolly, Michael Crichton
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, John Jashni, Patrick Crowley, Thomas Tull, Christopher Raimo
Cinematographer: John Schwartzman
Jurassic World is the fourth instalment of one of the most famous and recognised franchises in cinematic history. The plot focuses on two young brothers, who are sent to the recently re-vamped and re-named "Jurassic World" as a result of a family divorce? At leasts that's what the film attempts to portray. Jurassic World has been open for a some time and is everything which the park originally attempted to be in original trilogy. However, due to poor sales they have been lead to create a new "Hybrid" Dinosaur as a means to boost customer returns. And as you can imagine this turns into a mistake on a catastrophic level.
My first impressions of the movie, after the heart-pounding theme song, where somewhat frustrated and bland. After the first 15-20 minutes of the movie I was doubting which direction the movie was going to take, and when it's really going to take off. The exposition of the movie was incredibly slow in establishing the tone of the film, which is unusual as Jurassic Park, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III (arguably the worst movie of the trilogy) threw you right in with interesting and well constructed screenplay.
Chris Pratt as always delivered a great performance. With comedic lines to break the tension from the suspenseful scenes, and possibly one of the greatest one liners I've heard all year. After Guardians of the Galaxy I knew that his iconic portrayal of "Star Lord" would open up an array of future blockbusters and I wasn't wrong. Chris Pratt gave the best performance of the movie and really got the best out of what he was given. There have also been talks involving Chris Pratt in an upcoming Indiana Jones movie, and quite frankly I can't think of anyone better to fill that role.
The special effects as you can imagine where great, with the exception of some poor green screen in certain areas. The new "I-Rex" looked incredible, as well as the breathtakingly huge Mosasaur dinosaur, which the CGI made look fit enough to take down Godzilla. Huge extreme long shots of the expanse of land that is Jurassic World looked great, as well as those iconic mountains and jungles that reinvigorate that nostalgic childhood memory of seeing them in the original Jurassic Park Trilogy. However, with the modern age of CGI the movie does include close to no animatronics which we saw in the original movies, which Steven Spielberg utilized extremely well.
Bryce Dallas Howard was also a pleasant surprise in terms of performance. After viewing some of the trailers I concluded that her character would just consist of a lady in high heels walking around talking about loads of complicated science stuff...but I was proven wrong. She was great in the movie alongside Chris Pratt, delivering great on screen chemistry and some great humour which bounces of Pratt's character. However, these performances become overshadowed by some really poor characterisation and dis-jolted screenplay.
The aforementioned divorce/family narrative really held the film back in my opinion, and stopped the flow after some great scenes and sequences. The movie decides to take way too many sub-plots for my liking, and when doing sub-plots in a movie like this it must be executed on a great level, which unfortunately this movie does not achieve. The family sub-plot completely crashed it, by including this plague of a cliché which portrays the teenage character, as well as poor characterisation which led me to not feel a flicker of sympathy for both brothers. The only emotion I felt when the pair were on screen was anger and frustration after they eventually turned into an unfortunate interruption, much like a buffering symbol that does nothing but stop the film from progressing. As well as this ill developed family sub-plot, this dimwitted stereotypical arms dealer sub-plot is introduced into the movie, which again formed no more than an annoyance that stops you from enjoying the movie any further.
With this extremely poor characterisation in the screenplay, and derailing sub-plots, The Jurassic franchise returns in an entertaining but frustrating style. Good CGI, a great climax and fantastic acting from Chris Pratt just about save this movie from being even worse than the third instalment. I did enjoy the movie on those terms, but due to the aforementioned negative components of the film, they stopped me from loving the movie. And make me wonder if the park is in business?