Saturday, 27 June 2015

Jurassic World (2015) - ★★★½

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong

Jurassic World is one of the most financially successful films of all time. The sheer spectacle of having dinosaurs battle it out while humans become food is a good enough reason to push people out of their living-rooms and into the cinemas. The intense action and visual grandeur of the film were fantastic, but some of the characters were piss-poor time-wasters. They really let this film down. 

I rolled my eyes a lot during this film, but there are some truly great elements in it. I saw Jurassic Park as a young boy, yet even then it didn't make me feel as tense as Jurassic World. What Jurassic Park lacked, Jurassic World fixed. However, Jurassic World lacked what made Jurassic Park a legendary film. 

Jurassic World has been open for quite sometime and sales have plateaued somewhat due to people not being amazed by dinosaurs as much. So they had a brilliant idea to create a super-hybrid dinosaur to really bring in the customers. Guess what happens? ... The dinosaur escapes its enclosure, wreaking havoc on all in its path.

An infamous scene, turned immortal through internet memes.
This movie has its fair share of kick-ass events. The special effects looked great on screen. At first I didn't quite feel immersed because knew I was watching CGI dinosaurs. As time went on, I completely forgot about it and became fully immersed into the environment. You can thank the epic job they did at making the hybrid dinosaur more horrifying and real than I could imagine.

Chris Pratt is Hollywood's leading man at the moment. I can't believe the goofball from Parks and Recreation beefed up and came so far just on playing characters based on his own personality. He was a great fit for this movie, and played his role just fine. There's a warmth to him that makes it almost impossible to dislike him. If the media praise him too much, then he may just find people will dislike him for being too popular.

My favourite character in the film was none other than Claire, played spectacularly by Bryce Dallas Howard. I've loved this actress since The Village (2004). There's nothing more satisfying to me than seeing a character develop into a better person. She was a real shit at the beginning of the film, but when things got intense, I found I was rooting for her survival the most. I also loved that they made her get sweaty and dirty to keep the audience immersed.

What really let this movie down was its crappy fill-in characters. Their one-dimensional, monotonous speeches made me seriously want to neck myself. I like Vincent D'Onofrio, but damn he got on my nerves in this movie. I know his character is supposed to be an asshole, but this asshole was so damn boring to listen to. The problem was, HE TALKED TOO MUCH. Don't even get me started on Irrfan Khan as the man-child billionaire. Every single line he said fell absolutely flat.

With all that being said, I still enjoyed much of the film. It had more intensity than Jurassic Park, but failed to capture the beauty and wonder within. While the characters mostly let this film down, the special effects and action are nothing short of spectacular.


  1. I agree that the film was great fun and the characters were a bit rubbish, but I wouldn't say that this was more intense. Nothing in this film compares to the Raptors in the kitchen scene from the first.

    1. For me, the dinosaur they cooked up was more intimidating. I think the most intense part of the movie for me was when Pratt was hiding under the car. To each their own :)

  2. Jurassic World was an entertaining movie with quite a few pacing problems, along with plot holes and one dimensional characters. The dinosaur effects were pretty good, certainly not the leap one would expect from the ground breaking effects of Jurassic Park, but for the most part believable. Chris Pratt’s Owen was the best part of the human side of the movie while the two boys, Gray and Zack, and most of the other characters were forgettable. The two control room operators are oddly the most three dimensional in the movie with about only ten minutes of screen time between them. Pretty well everyone else are hollow stereotypical characters that don’t really act like people do.

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