Film Review: ‘Jurassic World’ (2015)

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It’s a valid question to ask, whether we needed another film in the “Jurassic Park” franchise. The answer is probably not but it’s here and it’s a total blast, having every quality that makes a great summer blockbuster.

While watching “Jurassic World”, I tried to put myself in the mindset of someone who saw the first “Jurassic Park” in 1993. The awe-inspiring visuals of Steven Spielberg’s first film must have been something to marvel at in the early ’90s, and in the newest film they are top notch. As a collective, modern day movie-going audience, we’ve been spoiled with what technology has afforded us for entertainment. We almost expect all of our big summer films to be visually stunning and “Jurassic World” delivers in that area. Luckily, director Colin Trevorrow and his team do not phone in the visual aspect of the film, while trying to pander to the audience. The action is thrilling and tense, which helps make the movie even more enjoyable.

What else is great is the continued domination of star Chris Pratt. Pratt, who recently ended his seven-season run on “Parks and Recreation”, has made a name for himself playing the funny sidekick. With last year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and now “Jurassic World”, he has solidified himself as the overnight leading man, who studios and directors are looking to for the next big franchise. He has a funny and goofy charm but “Jurassic World” allows him to play things a little more serious – while offering a funny one-liner here and there – and he totally sells it. Pratt continues to make himself a versatile star and no longer the schlubby sidekick.

He stars as Owen who must save the day when a large dino called “Indominus Rex” is running rampant throughout the dinosaur theme park. He must work with Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is in charge of the operations. She knows the ins and outs of the park and is desperate to do what she can to keep Rex from killing any of the patrons because in such a perilous moment, Claire is truly worried what this might do to park attendance.

Claire and Owen’s race to find Rex infuses “Jurassic World” with the propulsive, edge of your seat energy that makes this movie such a success. We go to “Jurassic World” for thrills and fun and it delivers. Good thing we aren’t really here for the story because “Jurassic World” is a lot of “who cares?”, narrative speaking. The film starts off slow in some draggy expository storytelling but Trevorrow kicks things up real quick. It’s an assured directorial effort from Trevorrow, whose first film was the great “Safety Not Guaranteed”. He was given just a smidge more money to work with this time.

“Jurassic World” playfully winks at the first film, which fans will enjoy. They will also like hearing John Williams’s iconic score again, even if it is surrounded by the mawkish sounds of composer Michael Giacchino’s score. As a throwback “Jurassic World” works but as it’s own big, silly, fun entertainment it very successful.

‘Jurassic World’ rates 8 out of 10

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