Jurassic World (2015)
- Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
- With: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins
- 124 Minutes
22 years after the incidents that took place in Jurassic Park, Colin Trevorrow gives life to John Hammond’s dream of building a dinosaur theme park in Jurassic World, the 4th installment of the saga and probably one of this year’s most anticipated movies. Colin is the man charged with the difficult task of bringing back the magic of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, after two sequels that failed at conquering again the first movie’s fans. After several years waiting for this return and with a huge improvement in the CGI techniques, it’s finally time to give a warm welcome to this new attempt to recreate a story that dazzled the entire world back in 1993. With the amazing theme song by John Williams on the background, it’s with pride that I announce that the park is finally open!
John Hammond’s vision introduced to the world in Jurassic Park gains life in this movie. A wonderful place filled with great attractions that people worldwide want to see. Isla Nublar is finally the place Hammond wanted it to be… A small place in our world that could make us see how tiny we are. Even though things were doing great, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and the rest of the associates decided to come up with a new attraction, created with the purpose of sparking visitor’s interest. However what would seem a brand new attraction capable of bringing fear and excitement to the crowd, soon becomes a complete nightmare. Jurassic World also stars Chris Pratt, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio and Omar Sy.
I want to start by saying that my expectations for this fourth installment were quite big… Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is one timeless adventure that is still able to impress audiences nowadays. I had the amazing chance of seeing Jurassic Park’s remastered version in IMAX3D and I left stunned and excited just like I did the first time I saw Spielberg’s movie. Bringing back all those emotions is quite a difficult job and I must say even though there were some drawbacks Colin managed to make a satisfying adventure that is able to entertain audiences worldwide with great visual effects (the dinosaurs were amazing and the first time I saw the majestic theme park I felt completely immersed into it) and with the wonders of an adventure that has begun 65 million years ago. Jurassic World is not the epic dinosaur movie I want it to be but I had so much fun in this return to Isla Nublar that in the end this visit seemed to short. Even though the story is predictable (yes, right from the beginning you’re able to predict what’s going on and what’s going to happen), Colin’s movie manages to be quite appealing. The attractions, when experienced in IMAX3D, look real and I felt like I was right there with the crowd witnessing all that and there’s something great about having Chris Pratt has the main actor. Pratt’s character, Owen, manages to control dinosaurs while he’s trying to teach a lesson of humility to the owners of the theme park. Owen is like a newer version of Indiana Jones, a brave guy who ends up being the ultimate weapon to defeat the creature Claire thought it could be the next big attraction, Indominus Rex (yep, a pretty bad name).
In the middle of the story there’s still time to put some romance in the air between Claire and Owen, even though they only show some chemistry between each other while they are running from the new attraction and there’re kids running away from dinossaurs in their journey into the theme park (a bit like in the first movie but without the amazing Raptors in the kitchen sequence). Jurassic World has funny references and terrific battles between dinosaurs which kind of makes it an enjoyable blockbuster. Unfortunately, there’s nothing more than that… There’re no memorable moments and the story seems a bit too rushed, with some similarities with the previous three movies. If one compares this movie with the previous, Jurassic World is probably comparable to The Lost World (or slightly better) … It’s starting to become clear that what Steven Spielberg did in 1993 was a once in a lifetime movie and it’s quite difficult to recreate all the amazingness of that adventure. As a dinosaur movie, Jurassic World is able to impress and to entertain, even though the plot has some drawbacks. The characters are no big deal but Chris Pratt kind of rules the whole show and there’s a lot of product placement inside park. Ultimately, from the moment the doors of the park open, accompanied by John William’s amazing theme to the finale, Jurassic World is filled with exciting moments that deserve to be experienced in IMAX 3D. Even though it lacks the magic and the uniqueness of Spielberg’s first movie, Jurassic World may not be the triumphant return I thought it would be but it’s still an entertaining ride that fans will enjoy.