Claire and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Are dinosaurs really mammals or simply theme park monsters? As a matter of fact, the answer is both, of course. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World is the fourth and fiercest instalment in the franchise yet. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now embraces a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World. Visitor rates have declined in the past ten years of operation, so in hope to re-spark the visitors’ interest, a new attraction is created, which backfires terribly…
Jurassic Park is the kind of blockbuster that sadly, doesn’t get presented to us every day. It’s simply incomparable, being an iconic, ground-breaking roller coaster ride. A classic in fact, and certainly one that the previous two sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 were not able to particularly deliver on. Nevertheless, we’re now fourteen years on from the franchise’s last attempt, and Colin Trevorrow has bravely undertaken it upon himself to reinforce that trend, and present us with a true sequel that a triumph such as the original truly deserves. I give the man credit for that alone, as it’s definitely a hefty goal for any filmmaker to set eyes on, especially for one so early in his career. And oh boy did he deliver! Once it gets going, Jurassic World is an adrenaline rush that you’ll never forget.
As a whole, the experience is so magnificent that it’s genuinely hard to find real issues with it. Leave people to moan about the “stupid twists” and “bad science” (as seen on Twitter). As with every film, there will always be people who had unrealistic expectations for Jurassic World, or simply refuse to like it without giving it a chance, because the original was ‘unsurpassable’.
First with Guardians of the Galaxy, now this, Chris Pratt continues to deliver, proving to be a consistent and versatile actor in the trade. His charismatic character’s relationship with the Velociraptors is one of the film’s most intriguing aspects, also emphasising his caring nature. And you may or not be pleased to know, there is no dance-off with a dinosaur in sight. Bryce Dallas Howard does a great job portraying her character, who, from the word “go”, doesn’t tend to make the wisest of decisions…I think it’s fair to say high heels aren’t the way forward in this case. The supporting cast is particularly strong; Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson present a nice touch of humanity as Claire’s nephews. Vincent D’Onofrio once again takes on the role of the commanding villain, which he could most likely perform in his sleep by now. The score by Michael Giacchino is excellently done, including some extracts of John Williams’ iconic original score throughout. He gives Jurassic World a sense of its own identity, making it all the more new and fresh. Using music, Giacchino certainly knows how to make a scene feel that little bit more tense or thrilling. The action is beautifully executed and thrilling to watch; not once does it feel tiring.
As for how you view the film, that’s completely up to you. I watched it in 2D IMAX, and it was one hell of an experience. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m not a massive fan of 3D myself. The majority of films nowadays are converted into 3D for the sake of it. Though, I imagine Jurassic World would be an equally good experience in 3D due to its content alone.
All in all, this film is not one to miss, it’s simply a summer treat. I may be in the minority when I say this, but Jurassic World definitely matches up to the original Jurassic Park, and (in my opinion) excels it. This blockbuster includes the right amount of elements and all measured out in the correct quantities: humour, action, great pacing, CGI (which I must say is very impressive!!) and sentimental in parts. It’s time to buy your tickets folks, because this park is only open for a limited time.