Review: Jurassic World – Hybrid dinosaur homage

Mouse Guard - Available Now @ DriveThruComics.com
DriveThruRPG.com
Create Your Own Eberron D&D Adventures @ Dungeon Masters Guild
Springs Hosting
Guild Adept PDFs - Available exclusively @ Dungeon Masters Guild
Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis eBooks - Available Now @ DriveThruFiction.com
Jurassic World

How many times have you seen Jurassic Park since it first roared into theaters 22 years ago? Once, twice … twenty-two times? Unless your answer is ‘never,’ then you’ve pretty much already seen the new and fourth entry in the franchise, Jurassic World, which is almost a shot-by-shot re-creation of the first film, but with enough cool re-envisioned action to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.

Writer/Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) lulls us into thinking we’ve seen all of this stuff before, then, just when you think the narrative is about to sink into a cinematic tar-pit, he pulls a prehistoric rabbit out of his hat and wows us with scenes that are amped-up into the red on the Dino-thrill-meter – albeit still very familiar.

As the film’s tag line states, this time the park is actually open for business; as a kind of Sea World attraction, complete with corporate sponsorship (which gets old very quick.) There are thousands of people having a terrific time seeing and even interacting with giant reptiles, completely oblivious to the ‘man v nature’ lessons learned in the previous three films.

Jurassic World

Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire Dearing, one of Jurassic World’s upper-management types. She has her young nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), visiting the park for the first time and they hope to have some quality time with their Aunt – and some dinosaurs.

Guardians of the Galaxy fans will have fun seeing Chris Pratt on the big screen again, even though the whole concept of his character is rather goofy. He plays Owen Grady, an ex-Navy guy who somehow is qualified to train Velociraptors, the way one might train a dog. I don’t know how being a sailor prepared him to do this job, but as a former squid myself, I’m good with seeing my seafaring homies represented.

Vincent D’Onofrio plays Hoskins, an InGen security head who routinely butts heads with Grady and his pack of trained Raptors. He wants to see the dinosaurs genetically enhanced to become super-weapons so they can be sold to the military. (Predicting this will be the plot of the next Jurassic film.)

Jurassic World

As mentioned, nearly all of the time-tested Jurassic Park tropes are given homage in this new film, almost ad nauseam; but like any good amusement park, the rollercoaster is still pretty darn fun, even if you’ve already ridden it a few times.

Twenty-two years after the original movie, the special effects in Jurassic World are easy to take for granted, but they are nonetheless incredibly impressive. And there are some thrilling sequences in this film that are easily worth the price of admission, including a couple that are Jaws-like horrific, so I think that even (the late Jurassic Park author) Michael Crichton would give a pass on many of its redundancies and flat-out absurdities.

The bottom line is, if you liked the other films in this series, or if you love dinosaur movies in general, then you’re going to have a great time at this movie. Grade: 7.5/10

Photos © 2015 Universal Pictures

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Subscribe for free updates!

Newsletters

View previous campaigns.

Powered by MailChimp

Nerdvana Media will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at news@nerdvanamedia.com. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

About the author

Avatar

Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

Add Comment

Post a comment...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Samurai Comics