As a boy, I vividly remember being mesmerized by dinosaurs. I remember reading one book after the other about dinosaurs; wondering to myself, what it would be like to actually see a dinosaur. Like so many other young kids, the Tyrannosaurus Rex was my favorite. Big, strong and ferocious. Before the 1993 classic, Jurassic Park, it was all in my head. Then I remember going to the movie theater with my younger brother and being absolutely floored by what I was seeing. The movie was 'so astounding that it captured the imagination of the entire planet.' 22 years later, THIS, is Jurassic World. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
The Wonder / Special Effects
The special effects used to create, not only the dinosaurs, but the park as well, are amazing. I say it all the time, that we've come to expect superb special effects in these big tent pole films, but the effects used in this movie are so good. The animators gave each dinosaur a personality of sorts. It's difficult to explain, but the movement of the dinosaurs is much more fluid than it was in the original trilogy. Amazing stuff.
Chris Pratt is a freakin' awesome action star! He plays a former Navy solider, turned dinosaur trainer at Jurassic World. As you'd expect, Pratt plays the character with just the right blend of charm and humor; but at the same time, he shows us he's a force to be reckon with, when he needs to be. I thought Pratt was just the perfect actor to play this part. I can't wait to see what he does next.
Dallas Bryce Howard is wonderful in the film. She has a great story arc and gets to flex her acting muscles in a variety of ways in the movie. There are also a lot of notable supporting actors in the movie. Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson round out the main characters, as two young boys visiting their aunt that runs the park, played by Howard. They have nice story arcs as well and sell the audience on the fact that they could be brothers, doing whatever it takes to keep each other alive.
Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio and Jake Johnson round out the cast with some really great supporting roles. They could have gone to unknown actors, but rather, they went to these great actors that added a lot to the film. I'd also like to note that Johnson adds some terrific comedic moments in the film, that helped balance the seriousness of everything else going on in the film.
Easter Eggs / Call Backs
SlashFilm about all the Easter eggs in Jurassic World. So clever!
One would think that nothing could ever match the incredible score written by John Williams. I mean seriously, the Jurassic Park tune is engraved in our minds. Academy Award winner, Michael Giacchino, not only pays tribute to the work done before him by Williams, but adds his own flavor to the movie. There are subtle nods to the original films in the music, but again, it's created a sound all its own. I really enjoyed the score in this film.
John Schwartzman kills it. Schwartzman is also an Oscar winner that knows how to shoot action. The fight scenes, the chase scenes, the dinosaur fight scenes, are all shot with a very clear view of the action. I HATE the Hollywood trend of using shaky cams and all that nonsense. The camera captures everything in a very clean palate that doesn't have us wondering what's happening on screen. I loved this aspect of the film, ESPECIALLY the flying dinosaur scene. Don't worry, I didn't give anything away, the trailer already did that for me.
Colin Trevorrow. This is someone with no big budget experience, who hit a home run out the gate. This is a guy that took over the franchise from arguably the best Director in cinematic history, Steven Spielberg and the great Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park 3) as well. Spielberg and Johnston went on to have great careers, after their days of directing dinosaurs. I have no doubt the same will be said about Trevorrow. I can't wait to see what he does next.
What I didn't like about the film:
A Marvelous Reboot