Probably one of my more anticipated films of 2015, Jurassic World (2015, dir. Colin Trevorrow) is the fourth in a series of dinosaur adventures that began with Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg back in 1993. The plot is as follows:
22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, the new park (also known as Jurassic World) is open for business. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. When everything goes horribly wrong, will our heroes make it off the island? (source)
I originally intended to write an “Is it worth paying for a ticket?” review on Jurassic World, but for a million reasons I kept getting distracted and writing about other things. Now I’m not even sure if it’s still in cinemas. Hence, here is a selection of thoughts that I had during my viewing of the film.
- I think the very first thing anyone needs to know about Jurassic World is that it’s incredibly self-aware. The film is constantly referring to the original Jurassic Park, which does kind of make sense since it’s all located in the same cinematic world and on the site of the original park.
- I got a bit sick of the winks and nods for the people who saw the original film when it was first released, and I was one of those people/kids back in 1993.
- Plus I became really annoyed when the two young boys who were set loose in the park were more interested in the original Jurassic Park merchandise from 1993 than they were in the concept of actual, real dinosaurs wandering around. Or the teenage boy who was more interested in girls than dinosaurs. What a loser!
- The constant product placement fit in nicely with the theme of monetising the park and making as much money as they can out of the dinos. This also was kind of tiring over time.
- I think my favourite product placement was where one of the boys who wander around the park like idiots says something to the effect of, “Do you want to see something else that’s cool?”, and then it cuts to the image of a beautiful and shiny Mercedes Benz four wheel drive in the middle of a field.
- In terms of performances, I liked Chris Pratt the best, as Bryce Dallas Howard had the tendency to be a bit campy.
- But my absolute favourites were the two control room operators (Lauren Lapkus and Jake Johnson) who provided some excellent comic relief.
- I also love BD Wong in literally everything so it was great to see him here.
- My ultimate favourite part of Jurassic World was during the big pterodactyl attack – you briefly see one man pick up two margarita drinks from a bar and run away with one in each hand. This was the BEST. It may be my new ‘double-taking pigeon‘ moment.
- Oh, and the extended torture sequence of the British nanny character was totally unnecessary.
- Overall, Jurassic World was enjoyable but it felt quite plotholey and deus ex machina-y, with a lot of exposition that weighed down the pacing and tension when things start to get interesting.
- From the beginning you can tell that things aren’t going to go well, but that it will all work out in the end because the film will make billions of dollars and thus a new series of Jurassic Whatever films will be made.
- I kind of wanted the dinosaurs to just eat everyone.
Watch the trailer here.