SUMMARY: Taking place two decades after the events of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World has been operating successfully on the same island for nearly a decade. To remedy the problem of declining attendance, a new genetically modified dinosaur called the “indominus rex” has developed in order to attract more tourists. This proves to be a problem, however, after the dinosaur escapes from its enclosure and begins to attack anyone standing in its way.
ANALYSIS: I consider the first Jurassic Park to be a classic despite being just over two decades old. Despite being a huge summer blockbuster, it was also a great cautionary tale about the consequences of playing God with nature. Although The Lost World has its flaws, I thought it wasn’t that bad of a movie. The movie is like a fine wine, it gets better with age. I can’t say the same for Jurassic Park III. I see it as a shameless cash-in. How does Jurassic World compare to the previous movies?
Although the original Jurassic Park used mainly practical effects, it was lauded for its revolutionary use of CGI. What’s even more amazing is that the CGI still holds up two decades later. This film shows how far we’ve come in the development of CGI since then. While many blockbusters use CGI as a crutch instead of being used as a tool, this problem is nonexistent in Jurassic World. It’s refreshing that the franchise never lost its sense of wonder that was established in the first Jurassic Park.
Chris Pratt does fine in his portrayal of Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady despite not being as memorable as his previous roles in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively. I thought that the best actress in the movie was Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, the head of operations of Jurassic World. Although I like her as an actress, she tends to be cast in otherwise bad films such as The Villager and Twilight: Eclipse. I hope this performance leads to better movies, she deserves it.
Although there are nods to the original Jurassic Park peppered throughout the entire duration of the movie (some are subtle…others not so), Jurassic World manages to work as a stand-alone movie in the franchise while retaining the message of the original. Although the story arcs intertwine nicely, some of the characters in this particular movie are one-note ones with very questionable dialogue.
OVERALL: Although it doesn’t compare to the original, Jurassic World is still a worthy addition to the Jurassic Park franchise. It’s still better than the average summer blockbuster.