I saw Jurassic World at the cinemas and I loved it. I’ve just recently watched it again and I don’t know if it was some sort of cinema movie magic but I ended up seriously disliking it.
In my review (can be read here) is rated it an eight but now, it would be lucky to even get a six!
All opinions are my own, so please put the pitchforks down!
Here a few of my reasons why:
There are pretty much no likeable characters; the only one that comes to mind to be somewhat likeable is Gray (Ty Simpkins).
Owen (Chris Pratt) has an air of arrogance about him that worked when he played Pete Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy) but not this time. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is so business orientated that she knows nothing about her nephews or spends anytime with them when they get to the park.
Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) and Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) are supposed to be unlikable and they do that well. Gray’s older brother, Zach (Nick Robinson), is the typical older brother who ignores the younger one and wants to be anywhere that’s not near him.
Some of them, mainly Claire and Zach, redeem themselves towards the end of the film but by then, you still don’t get invested in them.
It seemed like it was every fifteen minutes that someone was referring to the dinosaurs as dumb or stupid animals. This sort of thinking appears in a lot of movies with animals.
That will always be people’s downfall, and more than likely lead them to being eaten or injured; believing that animals aren’t smart or capable of thinking and/or learning or that they can be controlled by humans.
Some people see Zoo’s as animal cruelty, being locked up in cages and made to do tricks; well this isn’t any different. There’s one scene where, what might be, a baby Triceratops is being used to piggyback kids.
It’s like a dinosaur petting zoo except in this park; you get to ride on the animals!
Much like most of the disaster and outbreak scenarios, it’s always scientists and rich bosses that are always behind or at least somehow involved.
Jurassic World is no different with three different people involved in the park’s downfall from not wanting to lose money by scaring people or not wanting to harm the dinosaurs that were currently running free and killing/hurting people and other dinosaurs.
The herbivores are pretty much ignored, borderline non-existant, in favour of the carnivores that are obviously going to be the ones the cause the most damage.
I'm not a scientist but if you are going to create a park with dinosaurs and even create ones using the genetics of other animals, surely then you can make yourself a vegan T-Rex.
The Herbivors are either used as attractions (petting zoos for kids to ride on) or collateral damage for the meat eaters (that horrible scene where the five brontosaurus’ were dying in the field).
So there you have it! I may give it another watch down the track, maybe I was in a mood or something, and hopefully I might think more of it.