Jurassic World Movie Review

Jurassic Park has definitely come a long way in the twenty two years since the first movie in the film series was released and let me tell you, the latest installment is definitely an adventure that was worth the fourteen years it spent in development hell.

With a budget of $150 million, you know (more than double the budget of the original movie) there is going to be some pretty epic stuff in this movie. It has been fourteen years since Jurassic Park III undeniably flopped, during that time, the creators of this series fought for Jurassic World, knowing that their vision of a fourth movie was a truly great one. Once more, with the release of a brand new movie, the Jurassic Park universe is back on top.

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Despite Spielberg taking a backseat as an executive producer role on this movie rather than his previous directorial roles in the first two movies, this new movie manages to be a complete success.

I saw the movie last night and definitely enjoyed it a whole lot more than I expected, after the miserable flop that was Jurassic Park III, I was definitely skeptical if another non-Spielberg directed movie, worried that it might lose the original feel that Spielberg brought to the Jurassic universe. I am glad to say that this really didn’t happen. Sure, it didn’t have the same feel to it that the first two movies did, but true to the Jurassic World creators word it really was “bigger and scarier, with more teeth”.

What I especially love about Jurassic World was the fact that you weren’t automatically thrown into the world of dinosaurs, it was slowly eased in with the introduction of Gray and Zach, the two young nephews, of Claire – a loyal employee of Jurassic World, who are being sent off on a fun vacation with their aunt whilst their parents secretly begin divorce proceedings. The real word idea behind children being sent away whilst parents deal with personal things is a very hard hitting one, automatically giving the movie depth right from the start.

After ten years of successful operation, the park is introducing a brand new hybrid dinosaur, created with various genetic pieces from different species of dinosaur, right off from the bat, you know something is going to happen with this dinosaur, especially when you learn that the mixture of genes that were used to create the Indominus Rex is classified, this automatically set you up with the feeling of disaster that is going to surround this creature.

We’re quickly introduced to Owen (Chris Pratt) a dinosaur wrangler, who has famously managed to tame four vicious Velociraptors named Blue, Beta, Charlie and Delta, whilst claiming the title of alpha for himself. I was surprised that we weren’t actually introduced to Owen until 15-20 minutes into the movie, but I actually quite liked this, the fact that each of the main characters had varying degrees of attention placed upon them rather than just having us focus on one specific character, whilst underutilizing the majority of the other characters, shows that the creators had managed to come up with a great balance between the different stories that surround each of the main characters, Owen and Claire dealing with their undeniable attraction, Claire micromanaging the entire theme park, Gray and Zach attempting to survive the dinosaur onslaught whilst also dealing with their parents pending separation. A lot of details have been brought into each characters story, which ultimately works in creating a full, overall story, where we understand the actions of each character.

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To be honest I found a lot of the story to be somewhat predictable, especially the jump scare portions of Jurassic World, for example when Claire and Owen had finally caught up to the locations of Gray and Zach, only to find that they are also being simultaneously tracked by the Indominus Rex, after thinking they have managed to ward off the beast, the car they are hiding behind gets flipped by the bloodthirsty creature. This was incredibly predictable and I could see it coming from a mile off, but really a lot of the sudden dinosaur attacks are like this.

One thing I especially liked about the movie was the fact that it really stuck to its roots; it used a lot of the same music from previous movies and there were also several little throwbacks to the original park such as the park shirt worn by Lowery (Jake Johnson) and the appearance of the old park visitor’s center in a few scenes, even the old cars belonging to the old park as seen in previous movies.

The acting in Jurassic World was genuinely very good and all actors put on great performances as their characters, with each portraying believable and genuine people. The special effects injected into this modern day movie put the previous movies to absolute shame, although this was definitely expected when you consider how far moviemaking has come in the past twenty two years since the original movie was released, so really, there was bound to be some incredible sights. The movie was definitely one that was full of suspense, violence and emotional moments.

You wouldn’t expect there to be tear jerking moments in a movie such as this, and yet, the script writers still managed this, this definitely shows incredible writing on their part, I won’t give specifics, but there were four very brave Velociraptors who finally found themselves on the right side of the fight and one merciful Tyrannosaurus Rex who gave respect where respect was due.

Any parents wanting to introduce their children to the incredible Jurassic universe may want to advise caution however, as there as some particularly gory and violent scenes that may upset and/or scare a younger audience.

Overall, I can honestly say that Jurassic World has revived the great work of Spielberg, it has dragged it out of the pit it fell into with Jurassic Park III, it has become and overnight sensation with people going absolutely crazy to go and see the movie, and really I don’t blame them. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, the great actors, the well-developed characters, impeccably written script and beautifully done special effects.

Jurassic World is without a doubt a movie that will go down in history as much as a cult classic as the original movies.

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