ByKenneth Teng, writer at
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Kenneth Teng

Ever since the opening of Jurassic World, I've watched the movie twice. Both times I'd start getting conscious of the time, waiting almost uneasily for the next exciting scene to arrive. For me, at least, Jurassic World can never attain the Platinum status that the first movie achieved.

That is not to say that the movie was bad. It wasn't. There were certainly a few redeeming features, such as the good visual effects. I halt myself from saying 'amazing' because, tent-pole movies that can have such effects are a dime a dozen nowadays. Bryce Dallas Howard was believable as the perfectionist-workaholic who does everything felicitously. Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson also acted their roles well. The theme park itself had a fantastical feel to it, although it could probably pass off as a zoo. More rides please!

That being said, the storyline wasn't fantastic - it seemed like a typical 'monsters on the loose' type of movie. The Indominus Rex was supposed to be extremely intelligent, but its only actions that made me raise a brow were pretending to escape and clawing out its tracker. Other than that mild amusement, nothing really made me feel particularly nervous or threatened. The last action scene in the movie felt a little lazy to me. Although it wasn't predictable, I could not fully understand its premise. Why did the raptors turn against their new found Alpha? Also, while seeing the different dinosaurs working together was all sorts of cool, it does seem a little illogical, when the Pteranodons were happily attacking the humans earlier. So are these dinos just animalistic creatures or are they more?

The movie was definitely lacking in character development, sometimes veering off to being sketchy. I understand that Owen was supposed to emanate badassery, but somehow I didn't get any of that. His kiss with Claire was also totally random, almost ridiculous. The character just fell flat, or maybe it was Chris Pratt's weak performance. Bryce's story arc seemed like one I've witnessed too many times - the person with the icy heart slowly opening up after meeting a passionate partner. The heartening growth of the brotherly bond between Gray and Mitchell is the only proof of any decent character development.

So yes, I don't think Jurassic World will be considered a classic movie. It is altogether too forgettable. However, I doubt that's a concern of Universal and Comcast Corp. Jurassic World is raking in big bucks and has crossed the once fabled $1B mark in a record 13 days.


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