Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron have been and gone and now comes the next big franchise movie – Jurassic World. Apart from Star Wars this seems to be the release that everyone has really been waiting for. If nothing else it has inspired many movie fans to go back and watch the Jurassic Park trilogy, but how does Jurassic World fare for cinema audiences today – well I loved it. This isn’t to say that there weren’t flaws in the film though as there were, I’m going to discuss those first and then focus on why Jurassic World was so great.
Jurassic Park has such a great cast which will be discussed later too however for the strength that it had I don’t think its full potential was exploited. For example there is one character who kind of acts as the human villain and whilst they are good there was room for this role to expand into something more dramatic and memorable. As well as this some of the more emotional acting wasn’t really up to scratch and I found it hard to believe in parts. The character development was pretty messy too, some of the characters story arcs were unnecessary and at times felt forced. Moving away from characters and cast my only other criticism of the film would be with some details of the finale. There were a few continuity errors which was a shame because it could have been a really strong finale but instead it becomes a little too unrealistic (I realise I say this about a film which is far from reality but still) however, I feel that the strength of the rest of the film makes up for these issues. So let’s talk about why the rest of the film is just so good!
Where better to start than the leading man, Chris Pratt. I had so many reservations about his casting as I thought they may have him do a Star Lord here and just act an idiot for the whole film. Thankfully this wasn’t the case and Pratt holds his own against the other leading men of the series, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum. Jurassic World is such a treat for fans of the series too as there are constant throwbacks to the previous films, these moments always brought a smile to my face and fans should really enjoy this aspect of the film. Another element of the film that I loved was getting to see the park up and running, it was cool to see how everything worked and it felt fitting that John Hammond’s dream became a reality. Whilst I had my complaints about the character development there is actually an emotional connection created between the viewers and some dinosaurs. When certain things happen in the film you get an emotional sucker punch to the gut and you can even feel like these dinosaurs are much more than computer generated images, not dis-similar to the Apes movies but not quite to the level they achieve it.
The action sequences are fantastic, finally we can appreciate this world in the visually stunning way that it deserves. There is pace, variation and excitement running through all of the action in the film and there are some really clever moments included which only add to the set pieces. For me the raptors are the heart and soul of Jurassic Park and I was really happy with their involvement here, it was cool to see them take centre stage at different parts in the movie. One action sequence featuring them was actually my highlight of the movie, it was fast paced, suspenseful and thrilling which is everything that the raptors should be! The running time flies by because everything is such a blast and whilst I couldn’t wait for the next action spectacle to arrive I was also willing the credits not to roll as I was having such a good time.
Jurassic World is a complete success and easily surpasses the other sequels in the series. Whilst it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the original it brilliantly recaptures its imagination and wonder. Chris Pratt excellently leads here and stands out amongst the humans but in a film that should have been and always was about the dinosaurs it gives each species the perfect amount of attention. Jurassic World is easily my favourite big franchise movie we have seen this year, I’d be surprised if I didn’t see it again before it’s run in the cinema comes to an end.
Rating – 8.5/10