Without a shadow of a doubt, Jurassic World was probably one of the highly anticipated films of the year (After Star Wars of course) and of course, for people it’s a nostalgia trip back to Isla Nublar.
In any case, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, Jurassic World makes the journey back to Isla Nublar after 22 years, but this time with the island becoming the fully operational park that John Hammond once dreamt. His dream now passed down to Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) who seems to care more about the animals and guests happiness, rather than the money that it’ll cost him.
Zach and Gray (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, respectively) are the vessels that transport us to the theme park Jurassic World to meet their aunt, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) the chief operator of the theme park. Shortly after, Claire mentions a demand for new attractions, involving more teeth. This leads to the gene splicing and creation of a new dinosaur, the formidable Indominus Rex involving the base DNA of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. All thanks Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong), who is reprising his role from Jurassic Park. The slow build up to the unveiling of this new rex is tense and quite intoxicating as we learn more about the dinosaur and how intelligent the creature actually is.
Generally speaking, I’m sure you can guess what happens. (One, what happens in all Jurassic Park films and two, the trailers pretty much ruined the destruction the dinosaur left in it’s wake). However to keep the already dried out story, for the fourth time, fresh, Colin Trevorrow introduced trained raptors by their alpha Owen (Chris Pratt). These scenes were particularly interesting after the subtle reference to raptors being domesticated in Jurassic Park.
The casting was good in my opinion, however, there were many tidbits involved in the story, that I simply did not care for. Personally I couldn’t care much for the characters, I did not feel much of a connection with the bratty coming-of-age adolescent character or the on-off-on-off relationship between Owen and Claire, which became pretty obvious where they would end up. However, the most intriguing character was Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), a man determined to make a pretty penny off the trained raptors. But his intentions, although never backed up until later on in the movie.
Standing at just a touch over 2 hours, it’s roughly the same length as the first two Jurassic Park films. Generally speaking the film was paced well, with the discovering of the Indominus Rex and it’s intelligence and new things about the dinosaur they’re chasing. However, the pacing picks up significantly when the raptors are being involved in the hunt. It makes for some absolutely fantastic scenes, but alas I may be slightly bias, as my favourite dinosaur is the Raptor.
Truthfully, I did enjoy the film, but it was slightly marred by the lack of the characters and the uninteresting love story. My fascination with the Indominus Rex and the quick-paced battles with the Rex was thrilling to watch unfold on the screen. My delight during all the homages to the first Jurassic Park upped the viewing pleasure. Of course, not forgetting the homage to John Williams, reimagined by Michael Giacchino. I couldn’t help but break into a smile hearing the ever-familiar song.