Jurassic World (2015)
There are dinosaurs and then there are mega-dinosaurs. Introducing the Indominus Rex.
This film was never going to rival Jurassic Park – but it doesn’t really try to. It pays homage to the original film in so many ways, so many times throughout that it’s a nostalgia trip with a new story to tell.
The creators of Jurassic World had a lot to live up to, and a lot to prove with this project. It isn’t as good as Jurassic Park, but does that matter? Not really. All fans wanted from this film was to be taken back into the world of dinosaurs, to see dinosaurs and humans in the same place at the same time, and watch the inevitable calamity that ensues. And it delivers.
The story line really works – it’s believable, fun, and doesn’t try too hard. Fast-forwarding 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, the dinosaur amusement park has been open to the public for years, and the park (like any amusement park) needs bigger and better attractions to keep pulling in crowds… Hence the genetic engineering of a new dinosaur, named the Indominus Rex. Of course it couldn’t be part of the Jurassic franchise without a disaster dinosaur break-out, could it?
There are a handful of downsides to the film, for example, the vomit-worthy acting from Nick Robinson, who plays teenager, Zach. Essentially, his character drools over girls throughout the film and ignores his younger brother – until (in the face of being eaten alive by a dinosaur) the realisation dawns that he needs to protect his brother. Did it resonate with the audience? No.
Another downside to the film was the blatant in-your-face product placement the whole way through (sometimes actually distracting from the story line). There are too many sponsors to even list, but the most eye-wateringly obvious ones were Mercedes, Starbucks, Beats by Dr Dre headphones, Samsung and Pandora.
Downsides over, Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are a pleasure to watch in the two lead roles. With strong on-screen chemistry and solid acting throughout, they truly hold the film together and keep it feeling human, where actors with less presence would have allowed the dinosaurs to rule the screen.
The film holds it’s own in the beloved franchise. With enough nods to the original film to keep fans satisfied and enough new, raw content, the creators of Jurassic World can hold their heads high. A must see for any Jurassic Park fan, and anyone who likes a good dinosaur-Jeep chase scene.