Director: Colin Trevorrow.
Producer: Frank Marshall & Patrick Crowley.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures.
Writer: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins & Vincent D’Onofrio.
Music: Michael Giacchino.
Editing: Kevin Stitt & ACE.
Cinematography: John Schwartzman & ASC.
Budget: $150 million.
Box Office: $1.670 billion.
Runtime: 2 hrs 4 mins.
Release Date: June 11th 2015
Jurassic Park, directed by renowned director, Steven Spielberg and released in 1993 and was based on the novel by Michael Crichton has become a cult classic film and an essential watch as it pioneered special effects into the landscape and craft that is it today. Incidentally, I have an intense love for Jurassic Park and it is unquestionably one of the most iconic films in history and one of my all time favourites! The two sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (or Jurassic Park: The Lost World OR simply Jurassic Park 2) and Jurassic Park III really didn’t hold a candle to the perfect original. The Lost World had its moments, but ultimately I can’t call it a great film; as for Jurassic Park III……….. the less said the better! (however, I will save this for a future review on the previous JP films). I had been hyped for Jurassic World, based on its great trailers and marketing, although I had few faults with the film’s existence. 2015 was the year that saw classic franchises making a comeback with Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Terminator: Genisys and of course Jurassic World- with three of the four films being spectacular (check out the reviews to see why!), then Jurassic World should be a return to greatness for this franchise, or should it remain closed in the first place?
Taking place over two decades after the events of Jurassic Park (more or less ignoring The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III), Jurassic World is a hugely successful theme park revolving around dinosaurs which have been revived through scientific experimentation. The park is managed by Claire Dearing who needs to keep the park successful and thriving in the face of dwindling consumer interest. As a result, the scientists of Jurassic World create their first genetically modified hybrid; the Indominus Rex, which manages to escape captivity. It falls on Velociraptor trainer Owen to take down the Indominus before it harms the innocent civilians while also preventing his Raptors from falling into the hands of Vic Hoskins, who wishes to militarise them.
Jurassic World is just pure blockbuster fun from beginning to end, as it effortlessly captivated me into this newly opened dinosaur theme park. The film really absorbed me into this world and it shows the audience how the park runs when loads of tourists visit it and it does a great job at portraying Jurassic World like an actual theme park; you’ve got the attractions, the merchandising, the food and the overworked staff- overall this makes Jurassic World something that could be theoretically possible, because the film makes it believable enough to work.
Jurassic World was an absolute joy to watch and I was never bored throughout its runtime. While watching the film, it instantly turned me into a kid again because of the pure wonderment and awe of seeing dinosaurs populate the park; as a result the spectacle is definitely there in Jurassic World and it impresses. The dinosaurs in this film look brilliant, with them being a mostly CGI creation and they look very convincing and are well realised creatures. I loved seeing them roam the park and for me this was awe-inspiring. Jurassic World perfectly encapsulates the charm and magic of Jurassic Park, even though the final product isn’t quite good as Jurassic Park! Jurassic World has the thrills, the spectacle, but it doesn’t quite have that pure appreciation towards its technical accomplishments. The reason I say this is because Jurassic Park really introduced the craft of special effects and most of the dinosaurs in that film were practical effects that included animatronics. They looked believable and so life-like, and as stated, in Jurassic World, the CG used is superb and makes these creatures real.
Aside from the dinosaurs, the other star of Jurassic World is Chris Pratt, who is magnificent as always. The guy is always good in everything he does, albeit he may be becoming typecast as the good looking, muscular hero, as he was Star Lord in Guardians of the Guardians and is going to be the lead in next year’s The Magnificent Seven remake. Owen is a solid lead, however he isn’t compelling as in the sense that he isn’t given much character traits outside of a Velociraptor trainer, as like I said, Chris Pratt is basically playing Star Lord; he does definitely look the part though. Chris Pratt does command the screen and it is hard not to take your eyes off him, as Owen is a likeable character. I really liked it how Owen was able to control the Velociraptors by calling their names and by whistling, as it becomes important later on in the film.
The supporting characters are decent for the most part, as Bryce Dallas Howard as Aunt to the brothers in the film does a good job as this workaholic essentially, as she strives to keep Jurassic World going and to keep tourists coming in. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins exist only to wonder out of bounds of the park and for the Indominus to chase them. And Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins is my favourite supporting character, as he was a determined villain and quite honestly, there wasn’t much need for his character. Jurassic World could’ve been about the Indominus escaping and Chris Pratt hunting it down. However, the idea of militarising dinosaurs is a very awesome concept and I hope the sequel expands on this idea.
Jurassic World is the complete package when it comes to the production and its believe ability in realising this theme park. The location of the park is tremendous, as the landscapes with the vegetarian dinosaurs eating, when shown still impresses to this day. The music by Michael Giacchino is a great listen, as it builds tension effectively and Colin Trevorrow did a brilliant job at directing, as the camera shots and placements, especially of the dinosaurs and the Indominus are jaw droppingly good. And the Indominus Rex itself, has a great design and is physically imposing when compared to the once great T-Rex.
Jurassic World is a very grand return to this franchise, as I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved the story as a whole and the film never drags or is tedious. Colin Trevorrow has done an amazing job with this franchise entry, which is leaps and bounds better than Jurassic Park III, so that already makes Jurassic World a part of this franchise. The Indominus Rex was a sometimes terrifying and effective threat, Chris Pratt is terrific, however certain supporting characters and a questionable inclusion of a human villain slightly hold Jurassic World back in what is overall a very engaging and enjoyable blockbuster.