Is Colin Trevorrow’s new entry to the Jurassic Park franchise good enough?
It’s been more than a decade since moviegoers got a Jurassic Park movie. The third installment released in 2001 turned out to be even more disappointing than The Lost World. Since the last movie came out, it seemed that no other new entry to the franchise could be worse than those two, and any person who thought of that is right: the latest installment is not worse than the last two movies.
Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow, which some may recognize because of his indie film Safety Not Guaranteed. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in the movie which actually takes its time to start. The first 15 minutes are very slow, because at the time we haven’t met the most important and interesting characters of the movie. After that, the biggest characters are introduced and the story starts moving faster and the movie jumps from a slow prologue into a fun movie about a super crowed park filled with insanely dangerous creatures.
Unfortunately, Jurassic World relies more in the story, the visuals and the action more that the chracters themselves. That’s a problem, audiences of this movie are not going to care about the people in the park. Two of the characters are very likable, while the others seem to be made out of cardboard. They’re not important. If they die, it doesn’t matter. After all, the story is focused on two people and the latest addition to the dinosaur gallery: the Indominus Rex.
The Indominus Rex is a weird antagonist. The new dinosaur, which is a mix of every cool dinosaur (without wings) you can think of, is more skilled than The Dark Knight’s Joker. The intelligence of this being reaches ridiculous levels. It knows it’s being tracked by the people who work on the park and it literally has abilities that it uses once and then ignores for the rest of the movie. The I-Rex is dangerous, but not in the same way that a giant creature is dangerous, like a freaked elephant – for example. The villain actually participates in the story as some kind of serial killer. That’s his purpose, I believe. The Indominus Rex is an extremely dangerous beast and I’m not sure why anyone in the park gave a green light to create that fucking thing. However, it’s fun. Jurassic World is eye candy. It’s a good experience, with amazing visuals and a entertaining story.
For the most part, Jurassic World, works. It has the problem of Gareth Edwards’ one-year-old Godzilla. That movie works nicely everytime Godzilla is in the screen, but not so much when humans are the central elements of the scene. Everytime there’s scenes with dinosaurs in this movie, it gets very exciting. The action is taken to a whole other level, something that we haven’t seen before in the franchise since Steven Spielberg’s take on the material. If what you’re looking for in theatres right now is an action-packed movie, maybe you should out Jurassic World (I assume you already saw Mad Max: Fury Road).
But there’s also some pieces of the movie that never quite fit into the product. The scenes with the two brothers are almost useless for the most part. The film constantly cuts from the interesting bits with the best characters into the story of these brothers. Also, there’s a horrible death in this movie.
I have conflicted feelings for this movie. First of all, I saw this one in 4DX, which is dumb fun. The fact that I watched Jurassic World in this format won’t let me think straight. I enjoyed the hell out of it. Second, I loved the original Jurassic Park, and I want this one to be great – so there’s part of me constantly nitpicking the movie.
That out the way – and now with a cold head – some parts of my mind don’t like a portion of the film. Some characters are one dimensional and to be honest, Jurassic World is not close of being Jurassic Park. It’s definitely better than the last two movies, but at some points Trevorrow’s film feels uninspired. The villain is generic, unclear, but menacing. The effects are great, but it relies too much on CGI. The actors are good, but they could’ve played better written characters.
But… man, was it fun? Yes, Jurassic World is a lot of fun.
Jurassic World gets a 6/10.