Movie Review: Jurassic World

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Jurassic Park is one of my favourite go-to movies to turn on whenever I’m not quite sure what I feel like watching. It’s gotten to the point where my husband will ask, “What movie do you want to watch? And it can’t be Jurassic Park.” I never tire of it and it’s not just because of my childhood nostalgia. It’s a really well made movie with great performances and a well written script; it’s also chock-full of action and impressive visual and special effects. With all that in mind, I had really high expectations for Jurassic World and I was anticipating it more than any other movie coming out this summer. Now that I’ve seen it I will say that, although I’m not disappointed, it didn’t live up to it’s predecessor.

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Firstly, I want to say that I really did enjoy this movie. It was a lot of fun. I was definitely entertained. The characters were well defined and relatable for the most part and I was really happy to see Nick Robinson from Kings of Summer playing Zach. Chris Pratt was great as always (though, he’s no Sam Neill) and Bryce Dallas Howard was very convincing as the neurotic business woman with her incredible focus and attention to detail. I was thrilled to see the scientist, Henry (B.D. Wong), back from the original as well. There were a lot of tie-ins from Jurassic Park which were handled really well and were a lot of fun.  I especially liked it when Bryce Dallas Howard yelled “Run!” just like Laura Dern did to Sam Neill in the original.

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There were a lot of things to love about this movie and I will probably watch it many, many more times but there were also a lot of faults, especially when comparing it to Jurassic Park. The main issue I had was that I didn’t really believe that many of the moments in Jurassic World were plausible. I know, how plausible can a movie about dinosaurs be, but I really did believe that the events in Jurassic Park were possible. Jurassic World had so many moments that had me asking, “Really?” that I couldn’t completely get into it. I’ve compiled a list of specific examples below but it is full of spoilers so please only read it if you’ve seen the movie or don’t intend to.

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I’ve found that a lot of movies are abandoning any logic lately to go for over-the-top action and there is something to be said about a movie in which you can turn your mind off and watch just for the fun of it. Similarly to Furious 7, Jurassic World was very entertaining and the action sequences were incredible but it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense if you think about it. To expand on the visual effects, they were out-of-this-world amazing and Jurassic World could certainly be labelled a visual feast. I was a little disappointed that it was so laden with CGI when I prefer animatronics, but I’m apparently too old school for today’s technology. There was one animatronics scene with a brontosaurus that made my day but otherwise, it was lots of CGI. It still looked incredible, I’m just of the train of thought that real (animatronics) always looks better than fake (CGI).

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Overall, I had a great time watching this and I highly recommend it to you. It’s a lot of fun, the performances are great and the visual effects are top notch. Like a lot of action movies, if you think about the logistics, you’ll definitely find some holes (a lot of holes) which I didn’t find as prevalent in Jurassic Park, but if you can put that aside, this one is well worth the money to go and see.

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Now, a list of some of my issues with the movie. Be forewarned, there are a lot of spoilers ahead so please don’t read this if you haven’t seen the movie yet. 

  • Who in their right mind says, “Hey, there’s a vicious dinosaur out there that’s been killing people left, right and centre. I know how to solve this! Let’s release the velociraptors and get them to hunt it, even though we’ve NEVER tried taking them out of the pen before and we don’t really know how they’re going to react.”
  • Continuing with the first point, I don’t understand the whole militarized raptors idea. We don’t militarize lions or cheetahs or bears or wolves? There are canine units with the police but we usually leave the wild animals out of war, so where did this idea come from anyways?
  • In the first movie, they run away from the T-Rex in a jeep and they clearly say that the T-Rex has been clocked at 60 miles per hour but Bryce Dallas Howard can outrun it (holding a flare which the T-Rex associates with food).
  • How does Bryce Dallas Howard tromp through the jungle and outrun a T-Rex all while wearing heels? HOW?
  • I said this since I saw the trailer, but I don’t really see the need for a genetic hybrid in the first place. You have the whole pantheon of prehistoric creatures to work with and you have to invent a new one? I would have rather seen more dinosaurs that actually existed.
  • The final fight between the Indominus Rex and the T-Rex was pretty epic and I could have bought it but I actually laughed when the intense hero music started playing and the raptor came running down the street to save the day. Really? Just ridiculous.
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32 thoughts on “Movie Review: Jurassic World

  1. Great review. Really balanced. I love the original, like you. I’m also a fan of old school practical effects. I really liked that moment with the brontosauras too. I wanted more of that emotion.

    For me, Jurassic World was missing that sense of wonder. There were no awe inspiring moments. I also missed some staging or set up for the action sequences. I also sorely missed some interesting characters. Sure, we go for the dinosaurs but it’d be nice to not be bored in between.

    I agree with all your issues with the movie. You should check out my review. But I never thought about militarizing cheetahs. You gotta copyright that quick before some guy like D’Onforio does it 😉

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  2. Great review! Definitely enjoyed this one! That last point was so true. That whole dramatic turning point with the echoing screech of the raptor was kind of funny. Who knew the turning point would be a tiny raptor 😉 But c’mon its these moments that are particularly predictable..haha! But somehow, Its still incredibly fun to watch.

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  3. Really good article. I loved this movie, I really did, it was fun, I loved how many references there were to the original, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are great in it and oh so pretty, not to mention Omar Sy, and I will see it again. BUT, the thing that really got my goat was the script which the two boys were given. There they were running away from a hybrid dinosaur on the loose, when the little boy starts crying about his parents getting a divorce. It was completely out of the blue and the writers did not need to add that in because we were already well and truly worried about whether these boys would be munched into smithereens or not, especially when there was no hint that the parents were having a tough time in the beginning. Sigh. Also towards the end when they boys are in the back of the van, all they really needed to say was ‘don’t leave my side, ok?’ or something to that effect without going back to the out of the blue divorce thing. I’ve wanted to vent about this for a while, thank goodness for your article!

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  4. Great review Mel 🙂 I was careful not to read too many spoilers so I’ll read again properly when I’ve seen it. Hopefully VERY soon!!!!!

    They’ve shown Jurassic Park (and Jurassic Park 3) pretty much every weekend for the last six months on UK telly. Luke will vouch this for me!!!

    So I just mean you’d be pretty happy watching it lol.

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  5. I stopped once you gave a spoiler warning, but based on what I read I have to say that every movie creates a world – and in THIS created world there are dinosaurs; with that in mind, a writer/director should absolutely keep things plausible within that realm the filmmaker created. In “Jurassic Park” everything pretty much felt authentic in that world, so for a genuine sequel to come 20 years later with all the new technology, etc. I expected something spectacular and that includes the WRITING. It doesn’t get a pass for me for being stupid simply b/c it’s a “dinosaur movie”. Jurassic Park wasn’t stupid; it was intelligent, thoroughly thought-out and well-written and I expected this one to be on-par.

    With that in mind, I have not yet seen the movie. I considered going to the theater, but this is the third review I’ve read of the film, and there’s a consistent criticism of the writing and plausibility. I don’t want to go pay $15 to see a movie full of “WTF” moments. Not when this had potential to be something special.

    I watched the Jurassic Park re-relase in 2013 on the IMAX screen in 3D and it was SPECTACULAR! Felt like a dinosaur was coming through the screen. It really was a great movie along the lines of “Jaws”. I guess like the “Jaws” series, we will never get another installment to match the greatness of the first.

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      1. I’m sure it’s a “good” movie…but we were hoping for extraordinary – like the original, that still holds up 20 years later. Like Jaws still holds up 40 years later. Think anyone will revere this in 20 – 40 years? lol. It will likely be nearly forgotten by 2020.

        Well, maybe the new Terminator that James Cameron deems the true “Terminator 3” will be great.

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  6. @ “How does Bryce Dallas Howard tromp through the jungle and outrun a T-Rex all while wearing heels? HOW?”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

    This post is fantastic! I probably won’t watch this until VOD so the spoilers didn’t bother me…. Happy Monday my:

    #satanicbestie
    #creepsiesforever
    #crepescrepescrepes
    #nooatmealsies
    #squinties

    I hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. HAHA! Thanks, my #satanticbestie! When I saw that she was still wearing her heels at the end of the movie, I honestly looked at my husband and mouthed, “What the f***” Haha!
      #crepescrepescrepes
      #ninetyninepercent
      #sataniclampalways

      I had a great weekend! I hope yours was awesome too! How’s the grouting going?

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      1. HAHAHA!!!! love it!!! I never got to the grouting – I recorded a podcast with some peeps, watch a few episodes of The Killing season 3 and did some eating. I’m gluing those 4×4 tiles to wood and they keep popping off so I’m having to leave the brick there longer to try and adhere better…. I should be able to grout this weekend… YAY!!! Grouting SUCKS!!!!

        #satanicbestiesforever
        #squinties
        #existentialpigs

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      2. I just thought of something – I haven’t updated you on my game in a while. I’m currently trying to find some sweetcorn, a mirror and an abacus! And I’m upgrading my Totem of Ra to level 2 : )

        #satanicbesties

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