Jurassic World (2015) movie
  • It is a blockbuster that has shattered all sorts of records and attracted an unprecedented number of people to theaters, but underneath the numbers and press and whatnot, is it merely a flashy thrill ride to be enjoyed for a few hours and then forgotten, or is there more to it than roaring dinosaurs and running tourists
  • Some will surely chalk this aspect of the movie as being thoroughly unbelievable, but it's an angle not really explored, at least not to this extent, in the previous films, and it felt fresh and interesting
  • Her character journey definitely seemed reminiscent of John Hammond's and I liked that
  • Others might feel that is retreading old ground, but that's part of the beauty of Jurassic World in my opinion
  • I highly recommend seeing Jurassic World while in theaters, and in 3D, too, because it's an experience best enjoyed in 3D cinema



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    It’s been fourteen years since “Jurassic Park 3″ made its debut in theaters, and at the time of its release, interest in the franchise seemed to be waning. Perhaps by then, the “wow” factor had been starting to wear off as the 1993 hit “Jurassic Park” stunned movie critics and goers alike with its marvelous special effects that truly brought dinosaurs to life for the first time on the silver screen. “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” was the 1997 follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1993 film and it too was a blockbuster hit, shattering all sorts of records at the box office, but wasn’t quite as well-received by critics and theater goers. The re-release of “Jurassic Park 3D” in 2013 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the original demonstrated that the general public still had an interest in dinosaurs and that perhaps not having a follow-up to “Jurassic Park 3″ at that point yet indicated that the people might be growing hungry for a new entry in the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Enter “Jurassic World”, a 2015 film that is the fourth movie in the franchise, and at the time of writing this review, “Jurassic World” now holds the title of biggest opening weekend in the history of the movie theater, both globally and here within America. It is a blockbuster that has shattered all sorts of records and attracted an unprecedented number of people to theaters, but underneath the numbers and press and whatnot, is it merely a flashy thrill ride to be enjoyed for a few hours and then forgotten, or is there more to it than roaring dinosaurs and running tourists?
  • Jurassic World (2015)
  • Like with the previous films in the franchise, folks are generally going to be paying to see the dinosaurs. Having certain actors or actress attached to the movie can draw some additional people or enhance people’s enjoyment of the film, but I don’t believe there are many movie goers out there that specifically paid to see one of the previous films because of Sam Neill or Laura Dern or Jeff Goldblum. While they are all fine performers and enhanced the films that they appeared in, none of them were the main draw of any of the films. People are paying to see dinosaurs that look real and sound real, scientific accuracies and inaccuracies aside. Likewise, how many people that go to see “Jurassic World” because of Chris Pratt specifically is likely lower than the people that are going because of the dinosaurs, but the good news is, if you like both dinosaurs and Chris Pratt, there is plenty of both in “Jurassic World”. Chris Pratt, who plays the character “Owen Grady” is, in some ways, similar to the Alan Grant character played by Sam Neill in “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park 3″. The way in which they are similar is both characters enjoy a predominate amount of screentime in which they use part of that screentime to challenge other characters in their respective films, usually characters that exhibit character traits like arrogance or stubbornness. Owen Grady, much like Alan Grant, are cautious and more self-aware of the big picture, whereas the more confident characters believe everything is and will be fine, despite warning signs to the contrary, be they big or small. Chris Pratt delivers a superb performance and takes on the role of an action hero while still presenting views and perspectives that give the audience something to think about from a moral standpoint. Oh, and he can do comedy, too, as a few scenes in the film demonstrate.

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  • Chris Pratt is an asset to the film, but it’s the dinosaurs too, that steal the show left and right. From the beginning of the movie to the end, and throughout everything in between, the one-hundred and twenty-four minute movie features a lot of dinosaurs, either in action or being observed by others. Fan favorites from the previous entries in the franchise return, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptors, as well as a few new ones as well, but much like “Jurassic Park 3″, there is a new attraction that takes center stage and is featured heavily in the film. Unlike the aforementioned film however, this new attraction is handled differently, and not only serves to fuel the film with much of its action, but also serves as the basis to raise some moral and ethical questions by Pratt’s character. Without spoiling the name of the attraction, I feel it certainly took the “Jurassic Park” franchise up a notch in terms of intensity. Seeing this ferocious and deadly dinosaur in 3D was enough to make me uneasy in my chair more than once, as the 3D effect was that well done. For those concerned that this new star attraction means the Tyrannosaurus Rex is, again, out of the picture like in “Jurassic Park 3″, once more, without spoiling the film, just wait for a couple key plot twists. About halfway through the film, the writers begin to toss in a plot twist here and there that changes the direction of the film. The film also explores behavioral traits and aspects of the dinosaurs, both amongst themselves and with humans, specifically Pratt’s character. Some will surely chalk this aspect of the movie as being thoroughly unbelievable, but it’s an angle not really explored, at least not to this extent, in the previous films, and it felt fresh and interesting. Thus, if you’re looking for dinosaurs, look no further than “Jurassic World”, which keeps the dinosaurs front and center more often than not.

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  • While this is undeniably a fast-paced movie where a character like Owen and the dinosaurs themselves capture much of the spotlight, the film does set aside some time for other characters, like Zach and Gray Mitchell, played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, who are brothers in the film and at first, don’t seem to get along well, but events in the movie have an impact on their relationship. I enjoyed the development between the two and I particularly liked how Ty’s character, Gray, was somewhat written with the audience in mind. What kid his age wouldn’t be super excited to visit a park that has real dinosaurs on exhibit? The enthusiasm and wonder shown by him as he and his brother are shown visiting the various attractions mirrored what I felt upon seeing the first “Jurassic Park” for the first time and was somewhat recaptured with “Jurassic World”, albeit to a lesser extent. Zach’s change in attitude toward his younger brother was one of the few touching moments of the movie and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the events in this movie bring these two brothers closer together. B.D. Wong as Henry Wu reprises his role from the first movie, and is given more depth and development in this one, although admittedly, his true motive and goals as well as his relationship with Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, Vic Hoskins, wasn’t explored sufficiently in my view. Perhaps the writers intentionally did this as a set up for a sequel, but whereas Vic Hoskins intentions and motives were made pretty clear as the film progressed, the character of Henry Wu was partially shrouded in ambiguity. Much like in the original “Jurassic Park”, there are characters that have their own ulterior motives, and that added a layer of depth and intrigue to the story.

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  • Bryce Dallas Howard stars as Claire Dearing, and she, along with Pratt, Robinson and Simpkins, makes up the core of the cast in “Jurassic World”. I saw shades of John Hammond, played by the late Richard Attenborough in “Jurassic Park” in her as her character underwent a similar change in perspective as the events of the movie unfolded. She wasn’t quite as compelling as the other major characters in the story, but I feel that her character did have chemistry with Pratt’s and this resulted in a handful of brief, light-hearted scenes that made me and others in the theater laugh. As the park operations manager, it becomes clear at one point in the film, that her world as she knows it has been turned upside down and a new respect and understanding of life begins to set in. Her character journey definitely seemed reminiscent of John Hammond’s and I liked that. Others might feel that is retreading old ground, but that’s part of the beauty of “Jurassic World” in my opinion. There are several call-backs to the original “Jurassic Park” and there are some aspects of characters and scenes that seem reminiscent to those in “Jurassic Park”, yet “Jurassic World” introduces enough fresh material that these call-backs and nods to the original are just enough to maintain that connection to the original and invoke hints of nostalgia here and there. “Jurassic World” respects and remembers the original “Jurassic Park” while still progressing the franchise forward.

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  • Although it has been fourteen years since the release of “Jurassic Park 3″, the dinosaurs that appear in “Jurassic World” don’t really look any more real than those that appeared in the previous movies. That’s not a criticism; even 1993’s “Jurassic Park” still looks fantastic to this day. The CGI in this film is solid and I never felt myself drawn out of the immersion due to less than realistic looking dinosaurs. The dinosaurs’ movements were natural and even during the intense, action-packed climax, it all seemed quite real. Out of all the “Jurassic Park” films, I believe “Jurassic World” has the most intense and breathtaking final that somehow manages to incorporate all the key new and old dinosaurs without it being a confusing, sloppy mess. It was exhilarating and had me on the edge of my seat. It was like the encounter in Jurassic Park 3 between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Spinosaurus, only this time, the feral fight was written and filmed in a way that was far more exciting and satisfying to the audience in my view. I feel as if the soundtrack wasn’t quite up to par as the visuals, however, and the inclusion of some aspects from the original “Jurassic Park” soundtrack only seemed to highlight the shortcomings of the music in the film. This is a minor complaint and it didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment of the film, but out of everything that I will remember about this film, the soundtrack will likely be at the very bottom. The top-notch visuals, acting and character portrayals as well as the story will all stand out in my mind to far greater degree.

    “Jurassic World” is very much deserving of its box office blockbuster status. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and would definitely rank it higher than both “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park 3″. While I would say the original “Jurassic Park” devoted more time to exploring the moral and ethical implications of bringing dinosaurs back to life while also examining the darker sides of human nature, and that the original “Jurassic Park” succeeded in being a more suspenseful film as well as captured the awe and wonder of seeing dinosaurs alive again through the eyes of the characters, that doesn’t mean “Jurassic World” isn’t deserving of an admission price or, later on, Blu-ray/DVD purchase. “Jurassic World” is an action-filled, fast-paced movie, but it still manages to bring to the forefront entertaining characters with depth portrayed by a talented group of people. The cast manages to be just as interesting as the dinosaurs and although I was skeptical at first that I could enjoy a “Jurassic Park” movie without Sam Neill or Jeff Goldblum and even disappointed to an extent that neither would be reprising their roles, but after seeing this movie, I no longer feel that way. I’d be totally fine with any of the original characters reprising their roles in a future movie, but only alongside Pratt and the others. I would love to see Chris Pratt become the new face of franchise because he’s a talented actor that excelled in his role in this film. I highly recommend seeing “Jurassic World” while in theaters, and in 3D, too, because it’s an experience best enjoyed in 3D cinema. Once more, dinosaurs rule the box office, and I only hope they don’t disappear from there for another fourteen years.

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Orlando says :

I recently saw the movie at the theater and I have to say that Jurassic World is definitely by far the best ever from its predecessors.

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CirclingCanvas replies :

I think that it’s what the franchise needed, honestly. The original “Jurassic Park” is not only a movie that has great special effects that hold up today and entertaining action sequences, but also wonderfully intriguing and fleshed out characters that present and carry the themes of the movie. The original is in a league of its own, I feel, but “Jurassic World” has laid some great groundwork for future movies in the franchise and I’m hoping a sequel can deliver more of the great action sequences that we saw in “Jurassic World” while still giving the audience something to think about here and there.

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Russ Branham says :

re : I highly recommend seeing Jurassic World while in theaters, and in 3D, too, because it’s an experience best enjoyed in 3D cinema
I certainly wish that I had seen "Jurassic World" in 3D. Unfortunately, our local theater did not provide that feature. I can imagine how the 3D effects would definitely enhance a movie like "Jurassic World". Maybe it will be available somehow, one day, where I can view it in 3D

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CirclingCanvas replies :

That’s a shame. A vast majority of theaters do show movies in 3D nowadays, so hopefully you get a new theater or your current theater is remodeled so that you can see future Jurassic Park movies in 3D. Yes, there will be a sequel to Jurassic World in three years, and it’s pretty much a given it will be in 3D too. Maybe one day you can purchase a 3D-ready TV and purchase the films in 3D, and at least be able to enjoy the immersive effect at home.

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Russ Branham says :

re : It is a blockbuster that has shattered all sorts of records and attracted an unprecedented number of people to theaters, but underneath the numbers and press and whatnot, is it merely a flashy thrill ride to be enjoyed for a few hours and then forgotten, or is there more to it than roaring dinosaurs and running tourists
"Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic World" are both cinematic blockbusters in the truest sense of the word. And, as most movie "blockbusters" are concerned, "Jurassic World" is pure movie entertainment about an otherwise serious subject matter. That serious subject matter is about prehistoric creatures and the idea of cloning these creatures for public amusement.
Both "Jurassic" movies are both extremely well-produced and directed movies for their genre. Perhaps it isn’t always encouraging for Hollywood to focus on making such frightening and alarming movies about prehistoric creatures and frightened people running amock in amusement parks.
I do agree with the "thrill ride" comment made before. Both "Jurassic" movies are great "thrill ride" films for a two hour thrill. Oddly enough, the thrill itself doesn’t seem to last but for more than an hour. Is it because we know that, in the back of our minds, that dinosaurs actually do not exist? Therefore, do we need to remained frightened by the movie blockbuster? I guess it’s all a matter of perception.

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CirclingCanvas replies :

I feel the 3D special effects helped to keep the thrill ride going more so than in the previous films. The 3D special effects allowed for an element of immersion that the previous films lacked. I felt closer to the dinosaurs, and even though I’m aware in my mind that dinosaurs no longer walk the Earth, the movie successfully drew me in to the world of “Jurassic World” and thus Isla Nublar felt very much like a real world vacation destination and the realism of the world, from the characters to the setting to the technology was all believable enough for me to accept that this could have happened in our real world, had dinosaur DNA been preserved in some fashion. Heck, who knows, maybe one day human knowledge and science and technology will advance to the point where we can literally build DNA in a lab and construct DNA that gives life to something resembling a dinosaur… and before you know it, “Jurassic World” becomes a reality. Probably not, but who knows what humanity may be capable of in the coming centuries? Compare where we are now to centuries ago, and to those people, where we are today might be science fiction.

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Russ Branham says :

re : Some will surely chalk this aspect of the movie as being thoroughly unbelievable, but it’s an angle not really explored, at least not to this extent, in the previous films, and it felt fresh and interesting
Do you mean that the scenes where the people in the park are running wild felt fresh and interesting? It was a different approach to the "Jurassic" movies, certainly. But, we’ve seen this in adventure movies dozens of times over the years where a huge crowd of innocent people are forced to run, hide and take cover. You are correct: that scenario wasn’t done in the other "Jurassic" movies.

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CirclingCanvas replies :

I was referring to Pratt’s character and how he interacts with the Velociraptors. There are plenty of people that believe that a human wouldn’t be able to “communicate” with Velociraptors and that the way the Velociraptors were presented in “Jurassic World” in how they behaved and such was thoroughly unbelievable, even more so than how the Velociraptors were portrayed in the previous films.

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