I used to watch Jurassic Park essentially on a daily basis when I was a kid. Now, many years later, I only watch it on a weekly basis. I've evolved, much like some of the dinosaurs you'll see in this film. When the trailers for Jurassic World came out, I was sold. Not only am I massive fan of Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow, but I'm just a huge fan of this franchise in general. I love The Lost World: Jurassic Park and I can stand Jurassic Park 3, despite all that they did wrong in that film. Jurassic World is finally the Jurassic Park sequel we deserve, and it successfully holds its ground when compared to the timeless classic that is the original movie.
The film is set 22 years later. The park has been open for quite some time now and people are getting bored of dinosaurs. They're even compared to elephants at one point in the film, which I guess is a fair comparison? Who knows. To up the wow-factor, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the woman in charge of the park, decides to create a genetically designed hybrid dinosaur. This new dinosaur is called the Indominus Rex, and once you see it in action, it's not something you want to mess with. Claire calls in Owen (Chris Pratt), an ex-marine and current raptor trainer, to check out the facility to make sure everything's running smoothly. Obviously, it's not. The I-Rex has escaped and is raging havoc on the park visitors. Cue theme song. Or don't. Actually, maybe don't. Yeah, that would probably be a terrible time to play the theme song.
Jurassic World's premise may sound like a replica of the first film, but trust me when I say it's not. It takes John Hammond's original vision and makes it a reality, but when things oh-so-obviously go awry, the dinosaurs have a much bigger menu to choose from when it comes to feeding time. It's the original film, but on a whole other level. Of course, nothing will ever triumph the original film. It's a masterpiece of cinema that still has me in awe today, despite knowing nearly all of it off by heart, but Jurassic World is the first sequel in the franchise I would deem a triumphant follow up, and this is coming from somebody who enjoys all 4.
It's the only logical step forward in this story, or at least if they were trying to go for something that isn't another rip off of the first film. The new dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, is terrifying. Combining the DNA of several unnamed dino's, this new beast is smarter, faster and more violent than anything else at the park. It can hide from heat sensors, it's skin changes colour and it looks at everything as if it's food. It's a dinosaur trained in captivity and when it escapes, you're going to want to hope you're very very far away. As an audience member, however, I'd much rather be up close and personal with it.
The many concerns brought up by fans about this new dinosaur, myself not included, can be put to rest. This dinosaur works, and they justify both its name and its existence in the film. There won't be a single person who will walk out of the cinema still complaining about how dumb a hybrid dinosaur is. Colin Trevorrow and his team of writers know exactly what they're doing and they did it brilliantly. They've conjured up this franchise's third greatest antagonist yet, the first two being the raptors and good ole Rexy, who I suppose I should talk about now.
While the T-Rex's appearance in the film is brief, it's an appearance you won't forget. My only problem with its appearance is that it looks absolutely nothing like the t-rex from the original film, despite them apparently being the same character. The film never once addresses that they're the same t-rex, and it's this that's gotten me hesitant about whether or not it really is the same dinosaur. I'd like to think it is, but the film never once addresses it as so. Hey, I guess I'm going to have to listen to the cast and crew on this one.
As for the trained raptors, it looks like fan hesitance was wrong about this film yet again. The trailers don't do the velociraptor's justice. I won't go into much detail about what exactly their role in this entire film is, or why the hell Chris Pratt is riding next to them on a motorcycle (but yes, that scene was unbelievably cool as well). All I'm going to say is that the raptor's presence in this film is arguably one of my favourite aspects of the movie. They do a phenomenal job with the animals, and they add something new to the table, rather than just having them as full time killing machines for the fourth film in a row.
Enough of all this dinosaur talk though, let's get into the human element of the film. While each of the characters get their chance to say one extremely corny line of dialogue, perhaps with the exception of one or two people, the human element works really well. The goodies are likeable and the baddies are despicable. Their character traits aren't anything new and their development is fairly predictable, but they're good enough characters to take us through this world and all of their performances were top notch. They're just no Sam Neill or Jeff Goldblum.
When we first get a glimpse at what this park is like, despite having seen it in the trailer, I'm not going to lie, I got fairly emotional. There's a few large sweeping shots of the park, accompanied by the famous theme song, and as it occurred, tears began to swell in my eyes. None large enough to break the barriers formed by my eye lashes, but they were certainly there. It was the first of many moments of nostalgia, and it's this nostalgia that had me choking up. The film contains many references to the original film, some more subtle than others, but none that I would rather have not seen.
While nostalgia is fun, it's not quite as fun as this film's finale. After an early screening of this movie, Josh Gad went to twitter and said that the last twenty minutes was cinematic bliss, and he sure wasn't lying. You know exactly what's going to go down, but you just don't know how, and that's what's so fun about it. It's tense, electrifying and left me literally shaking. I don't know about you guys, but I'm certainly down for another Jurassic World movie. How they're going to do it, I have no idea, but I will yet again be there opening day, you can count on that.
To sum up, Jurassic World is a two hour long thrill ride with plenty of entertaining action, throwbacks to the first film, an interesting take on certain dinosaurs and a finale that'll leave you roaring for more. This is finally a Jurassic Park sequel we can all be pleased with.