Jurassic World – Review

Chris Pratt as Owen in Jurassic World – Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Jurassic World makes an effort to bring back the wonderful world of dinosaurs to audiences by reimagining the franchise – though not as exhilarating as previous titles it still manages to bite off a chunk of entertainment for audiences to devour.

‘Jurassic World’ is a science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow, it takes place 22 years after the events of ‘Jurassic Park’ and follows the story of the park director (Bryce Dallas-Howard), her nieces (Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson), and the parks resident raptor trainer (Chris Pratt) as they face a new breed of dinosaur terrorizing the park.

This film is simply a good old popcorn movie with roaring dinosaurs, scared kids, and a standard Hollywood romance – to be blunt, nothing goes far beyond these lines, not much else is explored morally or ethically, the execution is simple much like its entertainment. What is evident is that much of what was offered in ‘Jurassic World’ is as artificially designed for entertainment as the dinosaurs within the fictional park itself. This film certainly felt like it was playing all of its cards at once in order to satisfy the widest audience, and it worked, people enjoyed it for the most part – but its legacy admittedly struggles to scratch the surface of the original. Though this film certainly has its faults, there is plenty that was executed proficiently. Child actor Ty Simpkins offers up a performance that feels authentic, with genuine fear — and both leads (Pratt and Howard) manage to make the film entertaining enough for a few rewatches. The new monster offers some fair scares and we get some visually memorable moments that help freshen the film up and make the park feel like a park. There are Dino-battles, there are double crossing raptors, and there’s Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle through a jungle with raptors at his side… It’s plenty fun at moments, plain and simple.

‘Jurassic World’ is functionally entertaining but remarkably unmemorable in many ways – it certainly manages to entertain but lacks any substance when genuine thrills and tension are craved, leaving you feeling full but still hungry.

6.1/10

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