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“Jurassic World” Review

Jurassic Park is probably one of most loved movies for a whole generation of kids who got to grow up in fear of velociraptors thanks to Steven Spielberg.

Twenty years and two diminishing-return sequels later, the park is finally open and while early trailers did their best to undersell the movie, the final results far exceed most expectations. Jurassic World is film that feels both fun and respectful of its main stars; the dinosaurs, of course. Director Colin Trevorrow knows why audiences are coming to see the movie and he wisely places the dinosaur spectacle at the forefront. It helps that the main “evil” dinosaur is actually pretty intimidating. A hybrid dinosaur, made from a mix of dinosaurs and other predatory animals, the Indominus Rex has quite a few nasty tricks up its sleeve and as anyone could see coming it quickly escapes its cage and all sorts of prehistoric mayhem quickly escalate. While the film lacks the sense of awe that the first film had, and even the two sequels moments of this, Jurassic World instead ops for a sense of panic and movement in order to keep up with its fleet-footed villain. The velociraptors are even back and even though they’re docile for most of the film, their unleashed scene is an effectively scary callback to James Cameron’s Aliens film; the finale is also sure to be a fan favorite moment as a Godzilla-style throw down rampages through the park.

With such lively action it’s a pity then that the human elements get mostly dropped in the rush from spectacle to spectacle. Chris Pratt (“Parks and Rec”, Guardians of the Galaxy) tones down his usual goofy charm to resemble a more-typical action hero who while is not as fun as his normal roles is still largely enjoyable. Bryce Dallas Howard comes across as under-developed as the corporate scientist but near the end she gets several great heroine moments. The kids of the film are decidedly a mixed affair with Nick Robinson playing a moody, “rebellious” teenager whose character never really approaches being likable. The younger brother, portrayed by Ty Simpkins, does a far better and runs around the park with an infectious sense of wonder at the dinosaurs, a sense that many in the audience will no doubt relate to as the dinosaurs stomp across the screen.

Because this is a sequel to a well-loved film, there are bound to be callbacks to the original films, and while the sequels between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World are largely ignored, the former gets many loving references (if you look closely you’ll spot Easter eggs like Mr. DNA and Ian Malcom’s book) and Michael Giacchino’s score amply brings back all the right cues from John Williams’s timeless score. Jurassic World is also surprisingly self-aware of itself, realizing that it’s a movie designed as a blockbuster set to rake in lots of cash, and the movie has a lot fun with this realization; this is largely thanks to “New Girl” star Jake Johnson’s snarky and borderline-meta park operator who gets all the best lines. Jurassic World is not a perfect movie but it is one that more than gets by on its dinosaur stars and is a perfect movie for anyone who is still a five-year old at heart. Jurassic World is out now in all theaters.

 

Photo Soure: Jurassicpark.org