Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another film review, today I give you my review of Jurassic World! Now anyone who’s followed this blog for a while will know I wasn’t terribly excited for this film when the first trailer came out, but over the last month or so I really started to get on board with it because of the recent footage and interviews with the direct Colin Trevorrow, and after watching all three previous Jurassic Park films on Blu-ray recently I was super hyped. So I saw the film yesterday and now I’m read to pass judgement.
The story can be described as the following:
“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”
So this is essentially another film about humans messing with things they don’t understand and paying the price in the long run, but it works. What I liked about this story is that it was something familiar and yet fresh. Seeing the trailers you get the general gist of what to expect but luckily there’s still a lot more to the story and I’m glad that there were certain choices made to keep things unexpected. That being said there were some plot points you can see coming miles off when it comes to the characters or dinosaurs especially if you’ve watched the previous JP films, though these elements don’t detract too much from the film. The people behind this film clearly know the source material and know what this film is. It is a straight up monster movie, the dinosaurs are the stars, however the human characters have to be relevant and this film fives a good explanation for why the humans have ended up in this kind of situation again, plus there’s something surmising revelations with certain characters that definitely gives this film more depth. I also appreciated that the film had the right balance between seriousness and humour, and didn’t ignore the tension, mystery and awe that comes from these kinds of events. There’s also a great amount of respect given to Jurassic Park as there are a lot of visual and verbal references for keen-eyed fans to enjoy as well. OH and one more thing I should mention, there’s a certain pint in this film that reminded me a lot of the Toho Godzilla films, I won’t go into it specifically, but anyone who’s watched an old school kaiju film will know exactly what I’m talking about (hopefully haha).
As for the cast they are all pretty good, but some do stick out more than others. Firstly Chris Pratt as Owen Grady was awesome, I was worried that Pratt would be a little goofy in this film because of the humour shown in some of the trailers, however his character is a very smart, serious and down-to-earth kind of guy who happens be an expert at training Velociraptors. Owen is such an awesome person and he’s exactly the kind of person that you need in situations like this, he’s logical but is also a risk-taker too. Bryce Dallas Howard also does a fantastic job as Claire Dearing, as the operations manager she has to oversee the whole park so she’s uptight, bossy and a little uncaring and she’s mainly all about the business side of things and only seems to care about profit. But when things gets complicated she has to adapt to things quickly to safe her nephews and the people of the island. Besides still being incredibly pretty, Howard is really good in this film and with Pratt they have some good screen time together. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins do well as Zach and Gray Mitchell, I would say I liked Simpkins more because his character captured right kind of reactions to this kind of theme park and was the more interesting of the two brothers.
Also Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins is great, his character is a bit of asshole but he’s likeable because of his cocky and chilled out personality. Irrfan Khan was very interesting and fun as Simon Masrani while Omar Sy as Barry was pretty cool too. I was so happy to see the return of B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, he was one of my favourite characters from the first film and I’m glad that this film fleshed out his character, gave him more history with the park and dinosaurs similar to the source material. Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus were nice as Lowery Cruthers and Vivian, they had some great moments together and individually, especially with Johnson, he made me laugh a lot which was surprising considering that I didn’t find him funny at all in Let’s Be Cops last summer.
When it comes to the presentation it’s pretty damn good. Visually the film looks and feels like a JP film, the cinematography is great and the action set pieces are awesome, dynamic and very chaotic. As for the special effects they are on top form, most of the dinosaurs looks great and are really detailed, however sometimes the CGI did look a little blurry and some of the dinosaurs felt like they lacked a bit of weight to them. As a long-term fan of the series I’ve gotten used to the mixture of practical and digital effects when it comes to the dinosaurs, and while it was mainly done in the past due to technical limitations, when it was used effectively it looked brilliant. These days everything can be done with CGI and that’s all well and good when it’s at the highest quality possible, but there is something lost when there’s isn’t something physically there. I looked very carefully and I’m not sure there was any practical effects in this film, there were a few occasions where I couldn’t tell for sure, but I’m certain it mainly digital. As for the soundtrack, the brilliant Michael Giacchino steps in to do the score for this film and the man delivers a wonderful score full of mystery, power, tension and awe, and of course he incorporates the original John Williams theme in there to great effect too. I definitely got some Dawn of the Planet of the Apes vibes and that was great as well.
In the end Jurassic World is a return to form for this franchise, it captures the nostalgic elements of the first film, but mixes things up in new and interesting ways. While the film definitely is not without its faults, it is a lot of fun and at the end of the day that’s all I needed it to be. If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series you should check this one out as soon as possible.
So have you seen Jurassic World and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters!