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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jurassic World (2015) Movie Review


The Good: The plot continues 20+ years from the events of the original Jurassic Park (1993) film, and it may give you a feeling of nostalgia in the process. Director, Colin Trevorrow, does a good job of keeping the vision and the tone of the original Jurassic Park, while completely disregarding the 2nd and 3rd sequels that didn't do so well. They don't hold back from showing you just how wild these dinosaurs are, but show just enough without having the film get too gory. There's an above average level of action and suspense, with just a few scenes that turn it up a notch. Despite the fact that Jeff Goldblum is not in this movie, Jake Johnson does a decent job of filling in with some comedic relief. Chris Pratt also does a good job of portraying a completely different character rather than just being a recycled version of his previous roles in other movies.

The Bad: Bryce Howard's character, "Beth" seemed a bit unrealistic a few times, simply because it just takes her way too long to comprehend just how dangerous the situations become. (She does get bonus points for doing all that running in the jungles with those high heels though.) There are also a few parts, mainly towards the end of the movie, that made the dinosaurs a little cheesy and unbelievable. It doesn't completely ruin the movie, but it did seem to undo all the effort that was put into convincing you that the dinosaurs are wild animals. Unfortunately for this movie, it was not shot with a 3D camera, and the 3D effects were added in after the fact. That makes the 3D element highly questionable at best.

The Reason: All in all, Jurassic World is definitely better than Jurassic Park 2 and 3, so you may as well forget those even happened. It's a fun ride that will bring you back to the days of when the first Jurassic Park film hit the big screen. I personally don't think that it's better than the first Jurassic Park, because the first film will always maintain that edge of being the first of its kind. Jurassic World does a great job of being a sequel fans will enjoy, and a safe reboot to potentially continue the franchise. Due to the questionable 3D, I would recommend saving a few dollars and avoiding to see it in IMAX 3D. Regular 3D is optional. Other than that, you can feel confident in seeing this film.

The Rating: 8/10

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