Review: Jurassic World “dinosaurs are cool and there are a lot of dinosaurs”
When I turned up to see Jurassic World I was expecting a huge scale monster movie with little depth but more than enough prehistoric goodness to make up for it. Overall my initial expectations were met, but with a few nice surprises that left me far more satisfied than I could have hoped.
Set 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park film, this latest instalment takes place on the same island as the failed theme park featured in its 1993 incarnation. However, under new management, the park has managed to throw off the difficulties of the first and become a success, until things go spectacularly wrong of course.
Although it does not register the existence of the second and third films in the series, Jurassic World does play heavily on nostalgia from the first. These references range from the subtle use of familiar musical scores to allusions to events, characters and even props that we remember so fondly from our childhood. Despite the fact that many of these features will be wasted on the younger generation who do not have the memories of first hearing the triumphant theme tune roar through the television, it was a welcome addition for those who do, and is handled in a very respectful way.
But that’s not to say that the film won’t be enjoyable to the younger generation, or those who didn’t enjoy the previous films. The sheer enormity of the park and its attractions were frankly awe-inspiring and let’s face it, dinosaurs are cool and there are a lot of dinosaurs. Although the use of CGI is rampant in the film, most of the dinosaurs manage to appear realistic with an attention to detail that makes each of them unique and interesting to watch.
The tone remains fairly light hearted throughout most of the film, with humour and the obligatory love themes cutting through the main plot preventing it becoming too serious. However the film also manages to handle the more tense and action packed scenes effectively enough to keep your wide eyes stuck to the screen.
There was a lot left to be desired in the cliché and sometimes cringe worthy characters, to be honest if you are going into an action adventure movie featuring dinosaurs, deep and provocative characters should not be at the top of your list of expectations. That said, watching Chris Pratt in action is always a pleasure, and seeing him for the first time in a typical action hero roll was great fun and he managed to maintain his usual level of intensity and humour alongside it.
I could rant about how much I loved the movie forever, but to summarise, I thought it was an excellent addition to the series and met all of my high expectations while providing a few satisfying surprises along the way.