The newest dinosaur attraction at a theme park built on the original Jurassic Park site escapes containment embarking on a killing spree.
Chris Pratt - Owen
Bryce Dallas Howard - Claire
Irrfan Khan - Masrani
Vincent D'Onofrio - Hoskins
The original 1993 Jurassic Park, one of Steven Spielberg's most treasured pieces, is a film loved by millions around the world. The dinosaurs left audiences gazing at their screens in awe, the action left their hearts beating harder and its charm ensured you would be kept smiling throughout. To be honest with you, I have only seen the original once or twice as although I found it enjoyable it lacked a spark for me, meaning I have never held the enthusiasm to bother with the sequels. However, I do understand the love that many hold for the film, and therefore the latest addition to the franchise, Jurassic World, had to impress. Thankfully, as you can tell from its record-breaking box office figures, it has not only pleased existing fans, but has drawn in a whole new audience with its magic. Some may accuse it of being a simple remake of the original, and yes it does mirror the 1993 film. But it acts more like a love letter to the original, paying homage to Jurassic Park with neat easter eggs and references that will make fans go a little giddy. Jurassic World brings back the magic to the franchise, and it is an enjoyable summer blockbuster that is a fine addition to the series. If they do go ahead with another though, some originality will certainly be needed.
The idea at the centre of Jurassic Park was a little piece of genius. A dinosaur theme park was not only imaginative, but allowed for a brilliant film to be built around it that entertained, scared the living daylights out of its audience and thrilled. The story of Jurassic World is essentially the same as the original. The latest attraction escapes containment and goes on a killing spree, but this time it has a modern twist as a new dinosaur has been created thanks to genetic modification. This modernisation adds nothing to the story though, although new technology has been taken advantage of making the dinosaurs look even more real and therefore even more scary! Jurassic World has been rated a 12 and for good reason. Claire asks in the film whether her new dinosaur will 'scare the kids', with Masrani giving the adequate reply 'The kids? This will give the parents nightmares'. Director Colin Trevorrow is certainly not afraid to fill his film with blood and gore, pushing the 12 rating to its limits. Some scenes appear to be straight from a Predator movie. The horror though is a mixture of jumps and old-fashioned build up of tension, and there are moments that will send chills down your spine. One of the characters notes in the film that 'you asked for more teeth', and it is true that audiences crave to be more scared by sequels. Well, they asked and that's what they got.
The horror is only one dimension to the film. The story may not be complicated and is completely predictable and cliche, but it's old-fashioned creature feature style works wonders. We have our slack jawed, cheeky but charming hero Owen, played wonderfully by Chris Pratt who is perfectly cast in the part and will steal the hearts of the audience with one amusing wink. He provides much of the humour of the film, an important element in the original that is repeated here acting as comic relief and keeping the audience entertained. We also have a human adversary for our hero to fight as well as the dinosaurs, with D'onofrio playing a cliche but chilling military man obsessed with war and weapons. Throw in two lost and frightened children to provide an emotional element, and an uptight and corporate employee whose boundaries are pushed when chaos strikes and of course fancies the hero, and there you have a B-movie creature feature posing as a summer blockbuster. We even have the crazy scientists playing God and the two comic characters in the back room, played brilliantly by Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus. It all fits together like a perfectly planned jigsaw, and although it plays to every convention going it is still hugely enjoyable, gripping and exciting.
Jurassic World may not be doing anything new or special for the franchise or cinema in general, but Trevorrow has done a remarkable job of bringing the series into the modern age, whilst honouring the original. The story is simple but effective, and it is the ideal summer blockbuster packed with laughs, thrills, action and heart, whilst still being essentially a b-movie creature feature. If a sequel is made though some originality and imagination will be needed as they can't mirror the original like they have done with Jurassic World. But for now, the dinosaurs still amaze.