Title: Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson
Runtime: 124 min
Jurassic World takes place twenty two years after the first Jurassic Park film and this time, the park is open for everyone. A lot has changed since the discovery a fossilized mosquito that sucked a blood of a dinosaur that was later used to bring extinct species back to life. After years of opening the park, visitor count started declining and it is Claire’s (Bryce Dallas Howard) job to make sure that people will continue to visit them. Her project is to create a new, bigger, more terrifying dinosaur to keep people interested and attracted to the park and this backfired horribly. As things go downhill for the Jurassic World crew, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) comes to the rescue. Pratt plays an ex-navy guy who trains dinosaurs, specifically the raptors, for a living. He is brought into the picture when Claire asked him for a consult about their new “asset.”
Aside from those adults, the film is also run by our other two main characters: Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) who went to Jurassic World to bond with their aunt Claire but it turns out their bonding isn’t like any other family bondings out there.
As a fan of the Jurassic Park trilogy brought to us by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World was one of my most anticipated films of 2015 and I am here today to say that I truly enjoyed this film. I went inside the theatre ready to be disappointed by Jurassic World because let’s be honest, 99% of the reboots/sequels in Hollywood sucks, but not this one, surprisingly.
Jurassic World kept me at the edge of my seat from the moment the Universal fanfare appeared. The mood was already set up thanks to the brilliant scoring by Michael Giacchino and great opening shot featuring dinosaur eggs. This film was beautifully shot and I’m not talking about just the CGI but the film as a whole. Speaking of the scoring, the use of John Williams’ Jurassic Park theme had me hysterically crying. It brought back the time when I first saw Jurassic Park and this film has nostalgia written all over it.
This film made me laugh (with its cheesy dialogue), cry, jump out of my seat, and bite my nails in just a short period of time. The action scenes, you know the one with the monster dinosaur attacking everyone, were great ESPECIALLY the scene where the Indominus Rex was in the forest and it was in camouflage. That was a great touch in this whole hybrid-dinosaur-thing. The plot is just simple, the extraordinary thing about this film is that it has a heart, great themes, great action, and visually stunning. Those factors are enough to make me want to see this again.
The actors were fine – not too amazing that they deserve an award or anything. Of course, Howard’s character is part of this relationship that was a little bit forced. At least the film gave her a time when she actually did something helpful and kind of saved the day. Pratt and the kids were all right too. It’s just that their characters were predictable and a little bit stereotypical – main guy saves the day, brotherly love, girl is the love interest but also has a heroic side. Nonetheless, this did not dragged down the cinematic experience.
Jurassic World made me feel like a kid again. Hearing the Jurassic Park theme in the theatre and seeing a full functioning park with dinosaurs as attractions was an amazing experience.
This is a really enjoyable, watchable, and recommendable film. Good job.