When it was announced, people waited with baited breath, is this the Jurassic Park sequel we’ve been waiting for? It boasted a strong cast, a relatively interesting story and a huge CGI dinosaur running amok in a theme park. What’s not to love?
People will say that the original Jurassic Park will never be beaten and with probable good reason, it’s an utter classic and it will take something genuinely special to dislodge it. Even with Chris Pratt at the helm, Jurassic World is nothing more than a fun popcorn flick that really entertains and makes you feel young again (especially when the old theme music kicks in) even adding in some surprisingly violent tones.
It would have been easy for Pratt to enter ‘Star-Lord’ mode and play the same role as he did in Guardians of the Galaxy and still get results. I was happy he didn’t do this, his character Owen Grady is, although a little bland and suffers from tons of plot armour, is something different than the usual Pratt gimmick.
Alongside Bryce Dallas Howard; he also puts the obviously great chemistry they had to good use. There’s little of the classic Pratt silliness, usually I’d be downbeat by this, but he makes the character work by playing it off so well, really becoming the alpha male of the whole film.
There were so many throwbacks and nods to the original you’ll probably lose count but they’re nice gestures nevertheless and it was just good to see the producers actually look like they know what they’re dealing with, and at least give the impression they care about the movie.
The ‘villain’ in the movie comes in the form of the ‘Indominous Rex’, even the movie manages to poke fun at itself at times, knowing how ridiculous it sounds.
The dinosaur, whilst remaining menacing throughout, does get dictated by the plot quite a bit, it’s characteristics are changed so constantly and rapidly by the ever expanding story, making sure it keeps up with the stakes of the movie and it sometimes it does feel forced.
The other ‘villain’ comes from Vincent D’Onofrio’s Hoskins, whose shadiness is obvious from the outset. Fresh off a blistering performance as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, he again excels in this cunningly evil part; the man is now on a role…
Whilst the acting is good all round, particularly from the leads, I couldn’t help but love the goofiness of Irrfan Khan’s character; Jurassic World’s CEO Masrani. His character sums up the cheesiness and utterly daft sense of humour of the movie. It really gives the film that extra charm that was missing from The Lost World, and especially from Jurassic Park 3. (Imaginary talking dinosaurs anyone?)
Since you’re already suspending disbelief of having a world full of genetically enhanced dinosaurs, don’t think too much into this one. It’s a great ride and is genuinely fun. Despite a few strange plot points that make little sense, (the whole ‘mom and dad are getting a divorce’ thing) they aren’t enough to blemish the movie for me.
It’s fun and whilst there’s plenty wrong with it from a narrative perspective, you just don’t care, it’s absolutely the best Jurassic Park since the original, and knocks the other two sequels totally out of the ground. See it, and have fun with it.