Tuesday 16 June 2015

Film Review Jurassic World


Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors' interest, which backfires horribly.

My Musings

I have always loved the Jurassic Park series for the white knuckle ride, the great ensemble cast and scary thrill after scary thrill. Jurassic World has just had the biggest opening in movie history so expectation was high. What could go wrong?

Actually rather a lot!

Just to start with all previous films had wall to wall action with every scary thrill being thrown at the audience until they could take no more. In Jurassic World you have to wait about......an HOUR??!!! for any action at all. Even then its sporadic. The dinosaurs are introduced with a great big splash which is great and you think, FINALLY here we go. Again the dinosaurs, even with today's technology looked a little 'tired', although I did love the entrance of the iconic T REX.  However after that there are only two great action/scary scenes, one with the two boys trapped in a bubble car and the other when Chris Pratt is riding alongside racing velociraptors.

What is shocking is that the characters are caricatures and two dimensional. Chris Pratt I do like very much but he had more chemistry with the velociraptor than the actress Bryce Dallas Howard, playing his love interest. Where to begin with her role. I am speechless. The ghastly suit, the high heels, the weird hair which made her look like she'd just wandered off an eighties film set. I'm still not sure if she was supposed to be tongue in cheek? She just was bloody irritating. I personally  would have liked to have seen more with Pratt and Omar Sy who both have great screen presence and Sy was woefully underused. The two boys I thought were great and saved the movie somewhat. But even the ending was woeful as the humans just stood by as two big dinosaurs rolled about a bit.

So in conclusion, so many missed opportunities, so many lazy mistakes, bad directing and especially Spielberg overseeing, Did he actually see it? Children will probably love it especially if they haven't seen it before but I came out of the cinema feeling really conned by the hype and and totally irritated that an amazing concept and iconic film series had been reduced to this.

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