It’s been awhile.
Hold onto your butts. Here is my review for ‘Jurassic World’!
First, let’s take a look back on the original films…
‘Jurassic Park’ of course is a classic to all of us, and there is little more to be said. We know it’s a great movie.
The sequels on the other hand have been a bit of a mixed bag. ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ is regarded by many to be a huge step down from the 1st. Years later though, it seems like more and more people have taken a look back at this one recently to say that it is a very under-rated movie. Include myself in that mix. I have to say that while there are some parts that bore me, ‘The Lost World’ is pretty great. I love Jeff Goldblum back in his role as Ian Malcolm and it’s still a Spielberg directed feature. So you really can’t complain about too much here. This is one example of where a movie actually ages well.
‘Jurassic Park III’ however is 90 short minutes of things we’ve seen before with no story and very stupid characters. Is it terrible? An argument can be made that yes, it is. But I would be lying if I said it’s not at least entertaining.
All in all, the 3rd was a pointless entry, the 2nd was pretty decent and has gotten better with time, and the original will always be one of the greats.
Now onto the newest installment, ‘Jurassic World’. I’m excited to say that with all the anticipation I’ve had for a new Jurassic Park movie, this exceeded my expectations. I absolutely loved it.
Before I get into my thoughts, I want to touch on a few other points. The movie has made half a billion already at the box office as I’m writing this, which means many people have seen it, and many have expressed their views on it. Just from seeing short Facebook thoughts, I’ve noticed that people have either walked out loving it, or are absolutely tearing it to shreds.
My question for you all that are being insanely negative on this movie is; Have you all lost your ability to just kick back and have fun in the theater?
I’ve seen complaints on the dialogue; In my opinion, there were some cheesy lines, but I’ve witnessed worse.
I’ve seen criticisms of the characters being too stale. It’s a survival movie, and I thought there was more than at least one-dimension to the main characters in this.
Chris Pratt was a bad-ass and was really funny as well. His relationship with the trained raptors was executed pretty well too. I totally bought into it, and it felt realistic. Bryce Dallas-Howard’s character actually had some interesting development, as well as the two kids. Many of the other side characters, especially Jake Johnson’s, offered a nice amount of comedic relief too.
The characters might not have been as classic as the ones from the original, but at least in my opinion, they were miles better than the 2nd and 3rd films’ characters. The only characters I liked in the 2nd and 3rd were the main leads that returned from the original.
One last big complaint I’ve seen from others is that the film doesn’t have the philosophical plot focus that the 1st two films had, and that it felt more like a monster movie. While I do agree with this, I truly don’t think that this series needs to beat certain messages across our heads more than once. It was done in the 1st film. The 2nd film tried it again, and even there it started to feel redundant.
I look at ‘Jurassic World’ in the same way that many look at ‘Aliens’ to the 1st ‘Alien’. The original was a science-fiction horror movie that got into a lot of deeper meaning philosophies. And while ‘Aliens’ does that too, for the most part, it’s more of an action movie. This is how franchises stay fresh. When they don’t rehash what was done before, and they try to do something new and different every time, this is a good thing! Look at how the Marvel films, and the Fast & Furious movies dip into different genres with every new story. All franchises should do this in order to avoid diminishing returns.
I liked that ‘Jurassic World’ focused more on action. Sure, the 3rd film tried to go into that direction too, but that straight up didn’t have story and reason. This one did.
So now I’m done criticizing other criticisms. I felt that I needed to bring these things up to help my own personal analysis on this, as many of the things other people have said are things that I strongly disagree with.
This movie is an absolute blast. My theater was 100% packed and there was applause all throughout the final dino-fight, and even when the credits started to roll. It’s always a great experience when the audience around you loves it as much as you do.
That final fight by the way, is awesome. But that’s not to say that nearly every action scene in this was fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire thing. It was well filmed, and the effects, both sound and visual were astounding.
One huge worry that I had before seeing this, was the CGI. I’m a huge fan of practical effects, and one of the things that makes the original two films so great is the perfectly balanced use of CGI and practical effects. This newest entry looked as if there was just going to be CGI, and I was worried.
With today’s technology, films like ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, and even the newest ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, have made me really believe that certain CGI/motion capture characters are actually there.
With dinosaurs, this was no different. Right from the first shot of this movie, I had complete faith that the CGI dinosaurs would look great, and they did. There was still even great moments of practical animatronics featured where necessary too. One scene specifically might even have you tear up.
Speaking of emotions, the music is fantastic. I had no doubt that Michael Giacchino would deliver both great new themes, as well as bringing back the familiar John Williams themes from ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Lost World’. I’m really hoping that this will be our go-to composer for Star Wars in the future when the era of John Williams is past.
My only legitimate complaint about the story was that the miiltary plot was insanely stupid. Without spoiling it, realistically, this situation would never happen. However, this is the subplot that helps lead the movie to its otherwise fantastic climax, which I loved.
To me, this is the best Jurassic Park movie since the original. Everyone must see this in theaters because the entire film feels like a theme park ride and if you see it at the drive-in, or wait for it to be viewed at home, you really will not get what is meant to be felt, seen, and heard from this awesome adventure.
I give ‘Jurassic World’ a B+. It’s the best sequel we’ve gotten in the series and does well to hold its own when being compared to the classic original. The military subplot is dumb, and so are a few lines of dialogue here and there. However, the great music, fun characters, decent story, and awesome dinosaur action will leave you extremely satisfied.