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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.