Jurassic World is one of those rare movies that I was very excited to see even though I had very little hope that it was going to be a great movie. I’m not saying that to try and marginalize the movie like I might with something like Fast and the Furious where I am excited to see it but know that it “is what it is” and is more of a “guilty pleasure.” Jurassic World doesn’t have limitations based on what type of movie it is, instead it is limited solely by the fact that it is a movie built on a very specific premise that has already been done excellently 20 years ago.
20 years ago Jurassic Park was a movie with amazing cutting edge special effects that focused on a small group, including two children, who are terrorized when business people and scientists underestimated the power of creation and the persistence of nature’s will. Problems at the park are exasperated by the action of a rouge employee with his own selfish/monetary motivations.
This movie also has amazing special effects, but they don’t seem as unique or special. There is a whole theme park full of possible victims, but you only really care about 4 or 5 people, two of which are children or teenagers. The business people and scientists remind each other of the failures of the first park but have become jaded and lost vigilance with years of success and once again find them selves ill prepared when they push science to places it probably shouldn’t go. There is a group of rouge employees driven not by safety of the park guests, but instead by selfish/monetary motivations.
All of this is to say, it is hard to improve on something that was just about perfect the first time around. Yes I just said Jurassic Park was perfect. I will stand by that even if Honest Trailers doesn’t agree.
Actually, I think I am on the same page as Honest Trailers here. There are better movies obviously, but there are no problems with the movie itself that aren’t internally consistent. Yes maybe it seems kind of lame 22 years later especially after the two sequals were kind of bad, but that is more a perception problem than reality. You could also argue over why the park doesn’t have this or that or did Jeff Goldblum have to play it the way he did, but for a thriller movie featuring a park full of dinosaurs, it is pretty damn good.
Just to be clear, I really liked Jurassic World, but I just think that if Jurassic Park never existed, Jurassic World could have been better since it would be more novel. There most definitely was a ceiling on awesomeness for this movie.
There were a few things that I absolutely loved about this movie. The first is a small thing but was something I hoped they would address, and that was the one scientist played by BD wong saying that all the dinosaurs are genetically manipulated so that they looked more like what people imagined. This of course refers to the fact that a lot of Dinos had feathers which you don’t see in the movies.
Another thing that I loved, oh and this is when the spoilers kind of start, is that velociraptors and the T-Rex were kind of good guys in this movie. You can’t just have these guys be the bad guys for the 3rd or 4th straight movie so introducing a new bad guy dino and making the previous bad guys you come to love the quasi good guys was a great move. It is kind of like Deadpool. He was created as a bad guy, and like a lot of bad guys in comics, after a while you liked them as a villain but you want to start rooting for them since you are so familiar with them.
The reasoning behind why they created a new typo of dino was also a really good choice. When I first heard that they were going to make a new jurassic park movie, I couldn’t figure out a legit way for them to go back to an island full of dinos or to make a new island full of dinos. The idea to set the movie in a world where they got a fully functioning park up and running for some time with the dangers coming from the creation of a brand new dino is fantastic.
And the final fight scene was also pretty great, with the best part being that the special effects people made the T-rex be the same T-rex that was in the first movie. In terms of the story it is the same T-Rex that is still king of Isla Nublar. It almost bordered on fan fiction but didn’t go that far.
My only critique was that they didn’t do that good of a job of explaining or foreshadowing the Ingen army that shows up. It isn’t exactly clear why there is an antagonistic atmosphere between them and the regular old park employees. Well maybe another critique would be that the movie really only seemed to care about Bryce Dallas, Chris Pratt, and Bryce’s nephews. There was barely any lip services paid to the plight of the other guests of the park. Oh they also never did any kind of water vibration thing. I know it would be kind of played out by this point but part of me is kind of disappointed they couldn’t have worked it in without it feeling forced.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I give Jurassic World 8 sauropod petting zoos.