Review: Jurassic World

Over twenty years ago, dinosaurs came to the big screen and left audiences begging for more. After two sequels that weren’t as great as the original, the novelty wore off and the dinosaurs went back to being extinct. Now, the once extinct giant lizards have returned, bigger and better.

Jurassic World has become a worldwide attraction, but much like every theme park the guest want everything bigger and better. To meet the demand, the park invests in a new attraction – a genetically modified giant dinosaur. Super smart, the new dinosaur escaped containment, putting the lives of 20,000 people at risk. Park owner Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) must work together to kill off the seemingly unkillable dinosaur.

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I’m of that age where I grew up watching the original trilogy, squished against my dad in his armchair on a Sunday afternoon. The films used to scare the life out of me, leave me shaking but eager to see the next. Jurassic World brought back all those feelings and made me feel like a kid all over again. Two decades after the first film came out, I expected a rehash of the original will none of the spark and originality. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.

After appearing as the big screen comedy hero in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt moves seamlessly into playing the all out action hero. With a hint of Indiana Jones – I think it’s the shirt/leather waistcoat combo – Owen is a complete badass. There will be a whole new generation of kids pretending to be chased by dinosaurs dressed as him. While they may have been CGi, Owen’s relationship with his raptors was as real as many people have with their pet dogs. It was nice to see a character who treated the dinosaurs for the animals they were rather than simply exhibits. If there were ever to be a dinosaur escape anywhere near me, I’d definitely want to stick with him – especially as he’s the only one who makes sense. He makes a very valid point, if they didn’t keep going for bigger and more teeth, they wouldn’t be having the whole “dinosaur is going to eat everybody” problem.

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Kudos also to Bryce Dallas Howard who spent the entire film running from dinosaurs in heels. Any normal person would have kicked those off within the first five minutes of a ‘saur escaping and would’ve put up with running around in mud barefoot.

While the film was good, the graphics didn’t live up to the original. It’s clear that the time and passion wasn’t put into Jurassic World as it as in Jurassic Park. While the larger creatures such as the Brontosaurus looked good up close, the wider shots were less impressive. Instead of the real looking animatronics, the film fell back on CGi which means that it misses the realism from the original films.

That’s not to say that Jurassic World isn’t enjoyable. Fast paced, thrilling and funny in parts, Jurassic World is a gripping film that cleverly references the original films. For fans of the original, give it a go. Jurassic Park was part of my childhood and while Jurassic World may not be a direct comparison for Jurassic Park, it gives it a damn good go.

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