Possible spoilers ahead!
In “Jurassic World,” the dream of the late John Hammond is finally realized: A fully functional dinosaur amusement park is now open on Isla Nublar, site of the original film. However, keeping such a park afloat means having to maintain the best high-security measures money can buy. It also means appealing to many corporate investors, and continuously creating new products to keep the public from losing interest.
Charged with overseeing all of this is Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), and the most important item on her schedule is not her nephews visit, but unveiling park’s latest attraction: the Indominus rex. Good old rexie is an extremely dangerous hybrid dinosaur that was designed by the park’s chief geneticist, Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) and his team of engineers.
Everything is going peachy, until the Indominus rex escapes its pen and is runs wild around the park, Now its up to Claire, velociraptor handler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), and Jurassic World’s mostly inept security forces to stop the creature before it reaches the unsuspecting tourists.
I think its safe to say Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” set a pretty high bar in 1993. So high in fact, that neither “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” or “Jurassic Park II” were able to match the original film. But as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of the Lost World.
Anywho, “Jurassic World” doesn’t come close to reaching that high bar either, but it makes up for it by being a really fun crowd-pleasing summer blockbuster.
The action in the film is big and loud and keeps on coming which allows the story to unfold like an amusement park ride. And unlike in “Tomorrowland,” we actually get to experience the attractions in the park. We even get to see some of the areas not open to the public which was pretty cool. But for the record: The dinosaurs in 1993 still look better than any of dinosaurs of 2015.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were both very good in the movie Pratt was a bit Indiana Jones and a bit Starlord, but it works for this movie. Dallas Howard played a very good cold-hearted (but not evil) business woman. But I would have loved to know more about her, like why she is the way she is, how did she become head of the park, and why hasn’t she seen her family in seven years.
I didn’t care for the two kids in the movie, but I’ve never cared for any of the kids in the Jurassic Park movies, so nothing new there. The rest of the cast was all right, Irrfan Khan (“Life of Pi”) is the eccentric wealthy entrepreneur and Jurassic World owner Simon Masrani. Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) is Lowery Cruthers, the park’s quirky but likable tech operator; and comic relief. Vincent D’Onofrio (“Daredevil”) is Jurassic World head of security Vic Hoskins, whose ulterior motives put everyone else’s lives in jeopardy. There wasn’t anything special to D’Onofrio’s character, which was disappointing after seeing his work in “Daredevil.”
Director Colin Trevorrow had a tough job to pull off. One, bring back to life a once thriving franchise, and two, set the stage for more sequels. In both cases I’d say Trevorrow’s earned his paycheck.
The first half of the film is devoted to world-building which allows the director to quickly bring longtime fans up to speed, while at the same time introducing new fans to the series. “Jurassic World” frequently references the first “Jurassic Park” visually with the help of many “Easter eggs” and set pieces that bring back memories of many iconic Jurassic Park moments.
All that was fun, however, the biggest issue I had with “Jurassic Park was the script. Aside from Chris Prattand maybe Bryce Dallas Howard, I didn’t care if any of the other characters lived or not. And I often felt the script left many opportunities on the table. For example: I would have loved a few lines in the script on how humans took back the island. After all, the last time I we saw Isla Nublar it was overrun by dinosaurs.
Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the director/writer team behind 2012 indie breakout film “Safety Not Guaranteed,” co-penned the Jurassic World script, while Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) are credited for their work on an earlier screenplay draft.
Frankly I would have loved to see what Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came up with because the Ape movies are brilliant. Sadly, the end result here is a bit of a mess.
There’s a lot to like in this movie, and at least “Jurassic World” is miles better than “Jurassic Park III.” While “Jurassic World” is not perfect, its definitely worth seeing in theatres.
“Jurassic World” final score: 8