Rating: 4/5 Stars
Jurassic World is the long-awaited fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, based off of Michael Crichton’s books. The movies are modern classics, if only just because of the imaginative storyline they follow. Plus, who can really turn down any movie with a snarky Jeff Goldblum in it? The first movie came out in 1993, and two more would come out before the franchise seemingly ended in 2001. Now, Jurassic World is proving that people still love the films, because they are coming in droves to see the newest addition. Since its official release on Friday, Jurassic World has broken records in the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film on opening weekend in domestic history, and the first film ever to break $500 million worldwide. It’s safe to say that people are still excited about the idea of bringing dinosaurs back, and I must say that I agree, and Jurassic World delivers.
I won’t lie, as we saw the iconic scene where the doors of the park open and the first few bars of that memorable theme began, my eyes watered just a bit. This was the nostalgia they were hoping for – if nothing else, this film did a good job of paying homage to the original three. And once we finally started seeing the dinosaurs, the filmmakers put care into making sure it was every bit as glorious as we all remember the original three being. The biggest antagonist of the film, the Indominus Rex, stayed from being fully revealed for a while, which I think was a classic (but still smart) move on the director’s, Colin Trevorrow’s, part.
The action scenes continued to deliver, especially as the aviary is destroyed and the prehistoric birds descend on the large crowds at the theme park. Beyond these intense and well-choreographed action scenes, however, the characters were bland and predictable; good guy Owen (Chris Pratt) who befriended the raptors was not killed by raptors, which I was a little disappointed by. (Tamed raptors? Dr. Grant would be snickering, too!) The female lead, Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), was two-dimensional at best and a letdown for fans wanting to see characters like Dr. Sattler and Sarah Harding, but she did have her golden moment when she saved Owen from a pterodactyl. But despite the poor character development, Jurassic World does appeal to the nostalgia and childlike wonder that we all remember so vividly from the first three movies. And – major spoiler alert – I was happy to see the t-rex make his glorious appearance in the end and help defeat the Indominus.
While the movie certainly had its faults, I have to admit that I was happy to see such success for the franchise. Sequels are inevitable, and happily, we all have more of the story to experience.