Film Review – Jurassic World (2015)

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Title – Jurassic World (2015)

Director – Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)

Cast – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong

Plot – Many years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, the island of Isla Nublar is now a fully functioning theme park attraction. When the owners of the Jurassic World Park decide it’s time to create a new breed of dinosaur, they unwittingly unleash an apex predator into the wild that will require all the efforts of park employees Owen (Pratt) and Claire (Howard) to stop.

 “You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea…”

Review by Eddie on 12/06/2015

While there’s certainly a lot to enjoy about this latest dino filled popcorn adventure, any number amount of cool ideas and concepts that director Colin Trevorrow and his team have come up with cant help hide the fact that Jurassic World just doesn’t have the “wow” factor moments that made our first journey to this universe such a blast on release in 1993 and in the ensuing years following.

Jurassic World doesn’t have any ripple in the water moments, the white knuckle tension of a kitchen full of velociraptors and there are no ingenious moments like a poor old soul being discovered in the presumed safety of a toilet block, and when the star performer of your film is a dinosaur called Blue, Jurassic World pales in comparison to its beloved original but did we ever really expect that to not be the case? It could actually be argued quite strongly, that World is in fact the second best movie of the 4 film franchise.

With an empathise on fun and a wealth of huge ideas, World feels relatively short and sharp compared to most other recent bloated blockbuster tent poles and while a large portion of set pieces in the film feel underwhelming and slightly undercooked the film’s final 15-20 minutes will be a sure fire hit for fans of the franchise and those keen to get there dinosaur laden destruction fixes on. Colin Trevorrow and his 3 fellow screenwriters also understand the importance of recognising the work that was laid before them and there are neat homages throughout this picture to the foundation Steven Spielberg built, from a visit to a very recognisable visitor centre through to the return of BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, the legacy of Jurassic Park looms large over the picture yet thankfully never overshadows this much shinier product.

Much was made about World’s look when trailers started hitting the internet and many fanboys were outraged at what looked like some highly shoddy CGI work but it’s with great pleasure I can say World is one of the more spectacular visual popcorn films of some time. The quintessential dinosaurs look fantastic, the Island of Isla Nublar looks splendid and overall the film looks about as polished as you could hope for. With our dinosaurs on point, it’s also helpful that our main cast members work well together and while Chris Pratt has virtually transplanted his Starlord persona to a park working, ATV riding hero of the hour, his still a very easy to like presence and shares a good rapport with the always good Bryce Dallas Howard. The human big bad of the piece Hoskins played by Vincent D’Onofrio is a bit of a stumble for the film and his appearances often feel unneeded and distracting in an other wise frequently moving adventure, but luckily the monster big bad is all types of menacing if not quite up the original T-Rex’s greatness.

Likeable and enjoyable without ever reaching grand heights, you wouldn’t call Jurassic World overly memorable but it’s certainly worth the price of admission for all those seeking adventure, no matter their age. With some hugely impressive visuals, a fantastically designed theme park full of prehistoric wonder and with a mostly likeable cast, Jurassic World offers us a great excuse to journey back to the island that wowed us so all those many moons ago, just don’t expect to be left with the same feeling received from our first trip to the land before time.

3 and a half Jimmy Fallon safety videos out of 5

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26 responses to “Film Review – Jurassic World (2015)

  1. Same thoughts and grading. It’s a decent enough popcorn face stuffer, but nothing poignant or groundbreaking.

    There won’t be kids now who’ll look back to Jurassic World twenty-two years in the future the same way those who watched the original Jurassic Park look back to the film.

  2. I am taking my niece and nephew to see this on Sunday. They’ve already seen the other films, and because my nephew is obsessed with dinosaurs, they’ve practically begged me to take them. Of course, I want to see it as well. Nothing beats the original, in my opinion. I just hope that I will at least find it entertaining. Great review!

  3. I don’t think we’re too far apart on this one Eddie. It did feel more memorable to me, but apart from that I’m with you on the visual aspect, the disjointed D’Onofrio appearances and the enjoyable work from the leads. Great stuff mate!

    Adam.

  4. The homages that were made to the original brought multiple smiles to my face. Loved them and how the had the respect to use John William’s score in almost every important scene!

  5. Glad to see you enjoyed it, though I seem to be in a diminishing camp that adored it. Unfair to fully compare it to the first, but near impossible not to. Very well written review, Eddie. Great job.

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