Movie Review: “Jurassic World” – Reboot Done Right

Written by Samah Ali June 17, 2015

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For those who are HUGE dinosaur geeks, or those watched the first three “Jurassic Park” installments, “Jurassic World” is everything dinosaurs plus more. Of course, the movie has to be driven by something – unfortunately humans do take up some unneeded screen time – but the movie shows more dinosaur fights and brings back the excitement from the original genetically synthesized dinosaurs 22 years ago.

After John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) failed dream of  an amusement park filled with genetically modified dinosaurs, Jurassic World takes place of the old park and finally makes his dreams a reality. This is all context for the newbies and children who aren’t well versed in the franchise. As the park runs with great reviews, families are no longer interested in the normal dinosaurs we love. To keep ratings and patrons up, Jurassic World releases new exhibits of newly synthesized dinosaurs every few years to generate more excitement. Their latest science project, Indominus Rex, will bring the fear and excitement needed to keep the park running, but the dinosaur happens to be smarter than expected. Sprinkle in some scenes of Owen (Chris Pratt) having an unrealistic relationship with raptors and you have yourself a “Jurassic Park” reboot!

“The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.”

So Chris Pratt has become this dreamy action hero now, which is kind of believable. But the romance he had with Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) was unnecessary and not believable. There was no chemistry and every lustful scene they had together was so manufactured that having a dinosaur disrupt their love affair was not only a relief but also a blessing. We’re here for the dinosaurs, not for the formulated Hollywood love story to drive the plot.

Then again, there needed to be something to drive the plot for “Jurassic World”. Apparently, dinosaurs aren’t cool enough to hold a movie by themselves. Instead, the writing team got a little too excited and added various plot lines that made no sense and were never concluded. Two kids, Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) managed to get on the island and (of course) do everything possible to get lost. Claire, their supposed Aunt, had that terrible love affair with Owen. And an unspecified supervisor, Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), somehow became the captain after the most anticlimactic death of the charismatic owner Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan). Essentially, the plot was all over the place, but as mentioned before: we’re here for the dinosaurs.

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Yes, yes and YES! The dinosaurs were the real stars in “Jurassic World”, obviously with good reason. And yet despite the terrible plot-lines, the movie fed on expectations of the classic Hollywood story line and kept twisting and turning. After gaining an idea of what will happen next, the game changes. “Jurassic World” also made several references to the first movie with a statue of John Hammond in the visitor center, a Dalaphosaurus hologram, and the easily missed Rapter claw marks on the original Tyrannosaurs Rex from “Jurassic Park”. The increase of more dinosaurs was incredible with the addition of the science-project-gone-wrong Indominus Rex leading the pack.

“You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea…”

Let’s be honest, “Jurassic World” is easily the best blockbuster of the summer as it broke global box office records with over $500 million its opening weekend. The movie is not strong with the human characters, but since there is no expectancy for people to be the center of attention the movie passes with flying colors. “Jurassic World” should be watched for the dinosaurs and nothing less.

My Rating: 8/10

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About Samah Ali

Samah Ali

With a deep admiration for film, television, and music, Samah spends most of her free time expressing and sharing her love for the arts. Studying Creative Writing at Western University, she enjoys writing about film & music and shapes her passions with the latest movie or album available.

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