(Scored out of 10; below 5 = not worth seeing, 6 = OK, 7 = good, 8 = great, 9 = fantastic, 10 = next to perfect)
Featuring some of the poorest character work and thinnest story threads I’ve seen in a while, Jurassic World fails to live up to the blockbuster standards set by its predecessors. But it has Chris Pratt and massive dinosaurs fights, so all is (almost) forgiven.
Allow me to sum up the semi-reboot/sequel (rebooquel, if you will) in succinct fashion; stupid fun. Nothing else really need be said here. Jurassic World is best enjoyed with your brain turned off, a fresh bag of popcorn in your lap and a large soda by your side (friends also enhance the experience).
The premise is simple; someone has decided to reopen Jurassic Park under a new name. People have become so desensitized to awesome things that resurrected dinos no longer thrills, so management commissions a DNA spliced hybrid dinosaur. This dinosaur gets free, proceeds to kill other dinosaurs as well as some staff and civilians, and is eventually taken down by Pratt and his trusty raptor sidekicks. As I said, if your brain isn’t firmly locked in the off position, issues will be had.
With a cast sporting the likes of Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard one would expect, at minimum, a decent showcase of acting talent. Though no complete fault on the actors’ parts, all of the characters fall flat. Reminiscent of last years Godzilla, Jurassic World tells the tale of a band of bumbling fools making very poor decisions with the exception of a single person. That person is Chris Pratt.
Allow me to walk you through one of the most cringe worthy scenes the film had to offer. Imagine Bryce Dallas Howard, dressed in a fancy white business suit and high heels, walking through the wilderness alongside Pratt’s dashing and adventure ready lead. Pratt says that there is no way Howard could assist him find her nephews due to her general lack of survival knowledge and the fact that she can’t be expected to outrun a snail while wearing heels in the middle of a jungle. Howard’s response to this is to rip her shirt open, tie it in a way that her cleavage is more prominent than it was moments before and proclaim that she is ready. That is the end of the engagement.
(Another standout moment has Howard outrunning a T-Rex… still in heels)
The film is riddled with ridiculous moments like this that undermine what little character progression can be found and keep the movie from being anything more than simple fun.
But the fact that the movie is a ton of fun cannot be understated. Jurassic World has some of the biggest spectacle to hit the big screen that doesn’t feature a band of super heroes. The films main villain, the Indominus Rex, is one of the most terrifying on screen foes to grace cinemas in a long time and the way they off her has to be the most satisfying ending for a character this summer.
Unlike the park guests in the movie, seeing these prehistoric creatures come to life is a magnificent sight that is bound to inspire a sense of awe. While some may argue that the dinosaurs aren’t quite what they were in the original trilogy, they are undeniably a sight to see. Chris Pratt commanding a pack of raptors with nothing but machismo is nothing short of impressive and to see the original Tyrannosaurus in all her HD glory is sure to insight the most nostalgic of reactions.
Unable to stand up to the quality of Jurassic Park stories of the past, Jurassic World makes up for its shortcomings with its fun factor. Offering a fresh take on summer blockbusters, Jurassic World is a good time at the theatre. Unfortunately, it is those aforementioned story setbacks that keep it from becoming THE summer film to see. With an inevitable sequel (Jurassic Universe!!) on the way, hopefully the same mistakes aren’t repeated (though I wouldn’t mind another dino on dino showdown).
Overall I give the film 7.5/10.