If you automatically read that with Muldoon’s voice, you can tell that this is my review of Jurassic World.
I’ve been waiting for this movie since I saw the very first preview. As a bird nerd, the Jurassic Park series has always held a special place in my nerd heart. I remember being a kid and seeing Jurassic Park when it first came out in theaters. I just recently read Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books. I wish I had read them sooner. Needless to say, I was very prepared for this movie.
For those who don’t know, Jurassic World takes place a couple decades after the first movie on the same island. Here we have the theme park fully functioning and in action. You have a couple of youngsters (crucial to a JP movie) on the island enjoying the fun. There’s a water show, lots of tourist attractions, and forget piling into an outdated Explorer. Hop into a gyro sphere and tour the park yourself. The park has created a hybrid dinosaur that they’re eager to show to the public, pending the typical safety investigation. Of course, life will not be contained and all hell breaks loose on the park. As always, life finds a way.
For book fans, this new dinosaur movie isn’t as true to Crichton’s work. Michael Crichton is well known for his science based books. In fact, it’s what turns some away from his work. Most people realize that the premise of Jurassic Park requires a slight suspension of the imagination to understand the science used. Jurassic World is no different. In fact, the science uses even more imagination and is practically nil. In this new film, it seems the focus is more on animal behavior. Animal trainers and zoo keepers will be pleased at the authenticity. (Well, as much authenticity as you can get when your zoo is full of dinosaurs)
This new movie has no real ties to any of the books. It’s very different from the original trilogy. While the originals don’t stay entirely true to the storyline of the books, there are definitely many aspects the books throughout the series. Characters, themes, and bits and pieces of stories comprise the movies (this is especially true of JP 2 and 3). This new movie is also more mature. It’s definitely earned it’s PG-13 rating (Captain America would not approve of Chris Pratt’s potty mouth). They’ve upped the action and adventure to create a new and entertaining story for modern movie-goers. With fresh faces like Chris Pratt and Jimmy Fallon, Jurassic World has all the markings of a summer blockbuster. Nevertheless, dedicated fans will definitely be pleased with what the cast and crew have done.
Old fans of the movies and books will be thrilled with subtle homages to the first movie. All the fans I interviewed favored the first movie above all others. For them, Jurassic World is perfect as it ties right into the classic Jurassic Park. For those who haven’t seen the other movies (or just didn’t like them), they’re completely irrelevant in regards to the storyline of Jurassic World. They may as well not exist. (You should still see them anyway because they’re still awesome) JP Enthusiasts will be thrilled with the casting with the return of Dr. Wu. Aside from him, it’s a fresh cast to rejuvenate the film. As one movie goer points out, Chris Pratt appears to be a character meld of Dr. Grant, Dr. Malcolm, and even a touch of Muldoon tossed in. He’s smart, witty, and one hell of a badass. Simon Masrani, the park’s new owner, is the perfect successor to John Hammond. He shares the same child-like wonder, as well a similar ignorance of the grave reality they’ve created. While the cheese factor has been dialed down in this modern movie, fans will still enjoy the occasional joke and witty retorts.
As I spoke to some of the movie goers, there seemed to be the same running theme. Most had seen the films as a kid, and were hoping to feel the same way they did a couple decades ago. They were looking for that same rush and excitement they felt while watching the very first movie. Everyone seemed very hopeful with Chris Pratt being cast in this movie. Some even felt that Jurassic World is setting the spark for a new Jurassic Park series to be made. It was interesting to see the audience; there were both younger and older fans ready for the new movie. Some even looked as though they were born after the first JP movie released. It really shows how the series stands the test of time. The story just keeps going. God creates dinosaur. God destroys dinosaur. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaur.
From here on out, I’ll be going off topic and giving out lots of spoilers. Unless you don’t plan on seeing the movie, want it ruined, or have already seen it, I suggest you end your ride here.
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