Movie Review – Jurassic World (2015)
The long awaited fourth film in the Jurassic series is actually a direct sequel to the first film from 1993. In Jurassic World, the Jurassic Park has come to fruition, with many guests coming to the island to see the amazing dinosaurs and other enjoyable exhibits and attractions that allow you to get up close and personal with real dinosaurs. The park is carefully managed by a no-nonsense business woman named Claire. However, when a series of disasters befalls the park, she turns to the casual and friendly Owen to help her get things under control, and also rescue her two nephews.
I was certainly excited about this film going into it on opening weekend. There had been much hype and anticipation about this film.
On the plus side, this film certainly met the mark when it came to strong action sequences, a sense of adventure, and excitement. There was genuine suspense during several scenes, and the pacing of the film became very high octane as soon as problems (which we knew would happen!) began in the park.
Furthermore, the special effects that went with the action sequences were fantastic. These dinosaurs looked fantastic, and sounded terrifying! In addition, the score that went along with the film served the suspense and storyline well.
That being said, on the negative side, the storyline of this film fell flat. In many ways it felt very repetitive to the storyline of the first Jurassic Park film, only it was not executed to the same degree as skill in this outing. We again had a male and female protagonist with romantic chemistry. We again had two young kids who didn’t always get along, and who got lost in the park. We again had dangerous humans trying to use the dinosaurs for their own good. These repetitive plot points felt somewhat recycled and it didn’t feel at all like a fresh and new storyline.
Furthermore, the characters of Owen and Claire, although performed admirably well by stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, were written in such a way that they were very stereotypical of a brash man and a 21st century business woman with no heart. The characters were not nuanced at all, and instead felt somewhat like black and white caricatures.
Although I wanted to enjoy the storyline from this film, I couldn’t see past the issues with the screenplay and the one dimensional characters. I have to say that the original Jurassic Park still holds the prize as being the best all around film in this franchise. That being said, as a fun summer action flick with dinosaurs, Jurassic World is definitely an enjoyable ride.
Overall: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.