I didn’t get to be a part of making history when Jurassic World broke the global record of being the highest grossing movie for the opening weekend, making over $500 million. Life got in the way. When I finally did get to watch it (weeks later) I’d have to say, I really enjoyed it.
Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for Jurassic World.
As far as spoilers go, there’s probably nothing here you haven’t already seen in trailers or half expected from a dinosaur movie.
With most movies (excluding the Star Wars franchise) I go in not having any expectations, but I had some expectations for Jurassic World. I expected that I would like it, and I did. First off, it’s a dinosaur movie, which is cool in itself and you know there is going to be lots of action. Secondly, it’s part of a franchise where we know it always ends in disaster. Lastly, who doesn’t like Chris Pratt, right?
The plotline was pretty simple. After 20 years, Hammond’s dream of having a working dinosaur park is realized and apparently has been running successfully for while. It completely retcons the two previous movies, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. Since the public seems to no longer be wowed by extinct dinosaurs actually living among us, the park and its investors decide to cook up some crazy hybrid dinosaur of their own, called the Diabolus Rex. Of course, this is an extremely bad idea as we learned in Jurassic Park that playing God never works.
The extremely intelligent Diabolus Rex escapes its enclosure and goes on a killing rampage throughout the park. Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, and his team of semi-trained raptors are enlisted to track the killer dino, quickly and quietly. Owen, is the established “alpha” since he imprinted himself when they were born and have been training them to follow commands. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you would have probably seen the parodies.
Jurassic World is filled with adventure and action. If this is all you want, you won’t be disappointed. The only thing lacking in the movie, I found, were the characters. They were all well portrayed by the actors but I just couldn’t connect enough to care if they got eaten by dinosaurs or not. For example, the two brothers, Zach and Gray. Their misadventures through the park didn’t give me the same heart palpitations as I had when watching Timmy and Lex being terrorized by the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Not that the two scenes weren’t equal in visuals and dramatics, I simply cared more about Timmy and Lex than I did Zach and Gray.
There we so many scenes throughout the movie that gave homage to Jurassic Park. The first one I picked up on was when the Diabolus Rex, which is a big T-Rex-looking dinosaur, stops to roar as the Jurassic Park banner falls, then it walks away. In Jurassic Park, the T-Rex did that. Of course, the great homage was when Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) opens the T-Rex enclosure and coaxes it out with the flare like Dr. Grant did on the first movie. Big spoiler, T-Rex wins. Go T-Rex!
All in all, the movie was great but I wouldn’t recommend taking small children to see it. Only because people get eaten by dinosaurs.
4 out of 5 stars because nobody’s perfect. Check out the trailer.