In 1990 a novel written by Michael Crichton titled "Jurassic Park" changed the world of books and movies forever. The book was about a company bringing Dinosaurs back from the dead for an amusement park however they soon realize you should never play god and the dinosaurs break loose. Eventually a sequel was written and a movie based off the book was created. The movie "Jurassic Park" was released in 1993 and directed by legendary director Steven Spielberg. The movie was met with critical acclaim and two sequels were released in 1997 and 2001. "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III" were met with mixed to negative reviews and most fans of the original pretend they never existed. Eventually a fourth film was in development but kept being canceled or postponed until eventually it was put into "Development Hell". Now in 2015 the fourth film was finally released and was titled "Jurassic World". With the movie being about a week old it's time to ask the question...did it live up to the hype?
Brief Spoiler Free Summary
Jurassic World takes place twenty-two years after the original movie and John Hammond's dream has come true. Jurassic Park has become a theme park that thousands of people visit, only now it's not called Jurassic Park but has been renamed Jurassic World. However eventually people begin to get bored with the dinosaurs and soon the staff of Jurassic World create their own Frankenstein dinosaur they call the Indominus Rex to get more visitors. However like the original they quickly learn they shouldn't play god and the Indominus Rex escapes and goes on a rampage. It's up to Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to stop the creature before lives are lost.
Our lead character Owen Grady is a raptor trainer and former member of the Navy. He's played by now legendary Chris Pratt who has played other great characters like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and Emmet in The LEGO Movie. I personally believe Owen Grady is one of Chris Pratt's best performances, even better then Emmet but I still think Star-Lord is his best character. Owen Grady is funny, likable, and at times even badass in Jurassic World and because of this makes him my personal favorite character in the film.
Our leading lady, Claire Dearing is one of the head staff members of Jurassic World and aunt of the two main children of the movie. She's played by Bryce Dallas Howard who is well known in such "great" movies as "Spider-Man 3" and the third Twilight movie "Eclipse" and I won't lie, I went into this movie thinking she was going to be awful. But to my surprise she might be the best female character in the Jurassic Park franchise! Although to be fair that's not hard since the only good female character in the Jurassic Park franchise was Ellie Sattler played by Laura Dern who appears in the first and third films. At first she seems like the classic character who has to have everything done on time, doesn't joke much and cares for her work more then her family. But almost immediately she turns into a strong, funny and likable character who realizes her family and friends come first.
Of course we have other side characters such as the kids, Zach Mitchell and Gray Mitchell who are easily the worst part of the movie. Seriously they're more annoying then the original kids, gymnastic girl, and T-Rex pee boy. Then we have Vic Hoskins played by Vincent D'Onofrio who also plays Kingpin in the Netflix series "Daredevil" and Pvt. Leonard Lawrence in "Full Metal Jacket". The only way I can describe Vic is he's one of those characters you love to hate. Irrfan Khan portrays Simon Masrani who is the owner of Jurassic World. At first he seems like he's the film's comedic relief (but that turns out to be Jake Johnson) but then turns into a very serious character who really cares for the visitors and the dinosaurs at the park...or world. Finally we have Dr. Wu from the first movie played by B.D. Wong and to be honest, is my favorite character of the movie. As much as I love Chris Pratt and his character, Dr. Wu is just an extremely interesting and complex character.
A Jurassic Park movie without Dinosaurs is like a "Human Centipede" movie without the audience vomiting. Jurassic World shows off some amazing CGI that gives the "Transformers" a run for their money. Seriously the raptors, Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo, look freaking amazing although if I have to be honest...the raptors from Jurassic Park look better, however only slightly better. The Indominus Rex looks amazing and is really the scariest Dinosaur in the Jurassic Park films, hell when I saw this movie for a second time in 3D I saw some people jump at scenes with the Indominus Rex. And of course the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex (and before you say that's a spoiler it's in the movie, please remember it's a Jurassic Park movie, of course it's going to have a T-Rex in it, even "Jurassic Park III" had a T-Rex...for like two minutes.) looks better then it did in the original movie by far. I won't give away too much about the design of the T-Rex though as some of its design might be a spoiler for some.
I hate the kids. That's really the only major con in the movie. Seriously these kids played by Nick Robinson (from "Boardwalk Empire") and Ty Simpkins (from "War of the Worlds" and "Iron Man 3") are just the worst characters of the movie by far. Now I'm not a fan of child actors ("The Phantom Menace" and "Home Alone 3" kinda ruined them for me) and Ty seems like he's trying to make me hate child actors more as he is the worst character in this movie by far!
However besides the kids any other problems are simply nitpicks.
Jurassic World lives up to the hype, it's as simple as that. This summer blockbuster is sure to please fans of the original and newcomers (although if you're a newcomer you should watch the original first...the other sequels are optional). I give Jurassic World a 9 out of 10.
Check back soon for my next review where I'll be reviewing "Minions" and just letting you guys know before the review is out.
I hate the minions.