The park is open, and it’s bigger and better than ever.
Based 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, Jurassic World brings audiences a new park with a lot of familiar sights. When attendance rates start declining, InGen, the corporation behind Jurassic World, must bring out new attractions in order to keep public interest. To do this, they decide to splice the DNA of several species together to create something bigger, smarter, and far more terrifying than any other attraction.
Obviously, we’ve had three other movies to tell us why this is a very bad idea, but that doesn’t stop InGen from being greedy and making terrible decisions. Predictably, things go catastrophically wrong pretty quickly, and it’s up to a few park workers to get everyone to safety and stop this new dinosaur from killing everything that breathes.
Chris Pratt plays Owen Grady, an ex-Navy veteran who works at Jurassic World as a raptor trainer. Owen is studying and training a pack of raptors when he is asked to see the new attraction and tell park administrators what he thinks, and he’s quickly swept up in the events that follow. Pratt’s character is very practical and is always the voice of reason, which honestly makes you wonder why he isn’t in charge in the first place. Pratt does an amazing job of giving his character life. He also gives the character an Indiana Jones feel, which is a really interesting mix when dealing with dinosaurs.
Bryce Dallas Howard also does an amazing job of playing Claire, the main female lead. Howard’s part isn’t over-done, and she’s not just a love interest or damsel in distress, which is very refreshing. Howard and Pratt also have good on-screen chemistry, which makes the movie even more entrancing.
Like I said earlier, we have three other movies to tell us why this is a very bad idea, so why do we need another? Why do we need another sequel to a franchise we keep revisiting like Jurassic Park when we could have original story lines? Is the nostalgia really enough to entertain us, or is this just another sequel to bleed every last dollar film companies can get from movie-goers?
This sequel is a bit different. It’s actually really good; almost, if not as good as the original. That’s a pretty bold claim for anyone to make, but as a fan of the series, I have no reservations about saying it.
There are plenty of nostalgic moments, from the music score to familiar places, characters and creatures. The movie doesn’t just rely on nostalgia from the first film though. There are enough of these moments, however, to capture the magic and wonder that the original film created.
Along with nostalgia, there is plenty of action and suspense to keep viewers entertained. This is the first film in a long time that made me actually sit on the edge of my seat. I felt like a five-year-old again, and it was fantastic.
Jurassic World is definitely the sequel that the first movie deserved, and fans of the series and casual viewers alike will absolutely love this movie.