(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Jurassic World has some cool action and suspenseful scenes, the story may be weak, but the nostalgia is there for the fans to enjoy.
Rating: 4 Stars
I remember when the first movie Jurassic Park came out. I believe i was 8 years old, and one of my first real movie experience at a movie theater. I was blown away by this movie. The action, the horror, the comedy, and most of all, how they dinosaurs come to life. This movie was ahead of it’s time when it came to CGI, and really supplanted again the legendary directing of Steven Spielberg. The intelligently written script really made this a great scyfi movie as well. Everybody was talking about this great movie at the time it came out, and it is definitely in my list of movies you have to see in your life. It spawned to sequels The Lost World: Jurassic Park (which I did enjoy) and Jurassic Park III (didn’t enjoy too much) which weren’t quite that successful, but just adding that iconic T-Rex skeleton logo will always give you jitters and enjoyment. It took a while to make a fourth film, but I believe the wait makes movies more worth it to watch, because it’s like you almost forgot about it and boom, here comes another movie. It creates more nostalgia for the fans, and rekindles their memories of why they enjoy the movie so much before. It is a great marketing tool if you ask me. It also gives time for special effects to advance and make an even better movie, and give it a more realistic tone for your eyes to enjoy. So I was at the very least excited to see what this movie had to offer, and it didn’t disappoint.
What I Like: When you talk about nostalgia, Jurassic World definitely had it. It pays homage to the past films, especially the original. Seeing the big gate to enter the park, the scenery of the mountains in Hawaii, and of course the classic dinosaurs. The park may have been updated big time, pretty much creating dinosaurs on steroids, and having cool rides, but seeing the old stuff really gets to you. Like seeing the cartoon Mr. DNA pop up was cool, and i enjoy the scene of seeing security tech Lowery Cruthers, played by Jake Johnson wearing the old Jurassic Park t-shirt, and hearing the park’s manager Claire Dearing, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, telling him to not wear it again. I have a theory where that little scene and exchange tells us that it might not be like the original, but we can still give you something great, and to not forget about the original. Lastly, what really made me nostalgic about this movie was the soundtrack. Composer Michael Giacchino really keeps the original score from the great John Williams of the original movies and made it it’s own. Hearing the Jurassic park original score in a single piano version, really sent me chills throughout my body. Every fan will get nostalgic when watching this movie, that is a guarantee. I enjoyed the new dinosaurs they introduced like the Mosasaurus, and the new monster, the genetically enhanced Indominus Rex which added a different flare to this franchise. With that said, I did enjoy seeing the old dinosaurs like the Velociraptors, and especially the Tyrannosaurus Rex at the end fighting against the Indominus Rex in a cool Godzilla like battle scene. One thing I like what the movie introduced is the story angle of greed, and how too much greed, or people wanting more or something different can create something, in this case, a monster, that they can’t control and create destruction. Greed can be a disastrous sin, and we see it in this movie. I also liked the angle of possibly controlling these dinosaurs and creating them into weapons for armies. That plan was lead by Vic Hoskins, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, and shows how obsession to test your theory can lead to disaster as well. There were also some funny moments that can give you a chuckle, like when Lowery was going to be the hero and stay with the security tech while everyone evacuates, and as he was going with the dramatic kiss to one of his co workers, Vivian played by Lauren Lapkus, she stopped him him telling him she has a boyfriend. Talk about an awkward funny moment. The world they created in this new park was awesome to see, and the special effects was really Jurassic Park on steroids which can be a good thing. Director Colin Trevorrow really took a page out of Spielberg’s book in creating suspense in this movie which really make you go on the edge of your seat when a dinosaur is trying to find you. However, nothing tops the kitchen scene with the raptors in the original movie, which is probably my favorite scene in the whole franchise.
The So So: For the most part, the acting was pretty good, but I’m kind of torn with Chris Pratt playing trainer Owen Grady. It was cool seeing him training the raptors into obeying his orders, and which it created that cool scene of him on a dirt bike riding with the raptors. I also like how he has compassion for the dinosaurs created in this park, and treating them like animals. The thing about Chris Pratt is that every time I see him, I see him as a comedian instead of a serious actor. That’s why he was perfect as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, but in Jurassic World, it was hard to take him serious when he was acting serious. Maybe it’s just me, but it will probably take me a while to take him serious as a serious actor. With that said, he is a great comedic actor.
What I Didn’t Like: What really affected this movie which I knew since i saw the first trailer is that the story was very weak. They had more than 10 years to get a good story for this movie, and the best they can come up with is they do have a park which is controlled to the max, but a genetically enhanced dinosaur ruins it once again. I mean come on, it’s like the movie wants to tell you that people are dumb and don’t learn from the first movie. No matter how much control you got, dinosaurs can create destruction no matter how hard you train them or secure them. To make matters worse, they create an even stronger dinosaur that pretty much created the destruction of the new park with people in them? People don’t think, and that’s why greed can be a good angle if written well. At least the special effects and seeing dinosaurs attack made this movie very watchable, but the story isn’t as near as intelligent as the original movie. i also didn’t like that they made Pterosaurs with T-Rex heads. That just made it look corny and completely unnecessary. I also was disappointed by not really showing how the people overtook the park once again, and controlled these big monsters. They kinf of explained it, but not enough to really develop that story line. Cuz to me that task seem insurmountable after watching the forst three films. If they plan to make more sequels, they do have to come up with a better story if not this franchise will be over quicker than Jurassic Park III.
Overall: This movie will rekindle your spirit about the franchise of Jurassic Park, and that reason alone it is worth to watch. It is nowhere near as great as the original, but it is still fun to watch and seeing these dinosaurs roam the big screen once again. I’m glad they brought this movie out, but I hope they don’t overdo it with sequels. That can lead to disastrous destruction which I don’t want!!!
Rating: 4 Stars
(Sidenote: Black or White- This film greatly disappointed me. I thought this film will have a good message about tolerance between races and what not, but instead, it was a horribly written movie which really tried to jam the race issue down your throat, and make the argument completely one sided. Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer’s acting couldn’t really save this movie, and that ending with the verdict of who gets custody of the child had to be one of the stupidest endings I have ever seen. It’s a shame, cuz this movie had potential, but now it is forgettable.
Rating: 2 Stars)