Are you a fan –like I am- of the original Jurassic Park, Chris Pratt and giant dinosaurs trying to kill each other? Then my bet is that you will love Jurassic World.
Not that this was expected to be a cinematic masterpiece (as I consider Jurassic Park to be) but it does have quite a lot of perfectly delivered action sequences and spectacular chases that involve Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle, so there’s that!
What makes this new movie different from the others, you wonder? Well, the main plot of JW revolves around the creation of a genetically modified dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, who is half-dinosaur half-everything else you can think of. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the park operations manager and enlists the help of Pratt’s Owen, the velociraptor whisperer, to ensure the Indominus is secure. Of course, everything goes wrong and the beast goes around killing everything in sight, because my guess is that if you are a dinosaur/turtle/fox/fish/whale/teletubbie, you are pretty messed up.
There is also the family factor in the story with the addition of Claire’s nephews, who come to spend a week with her and a) get completely ignored by her because she is busy, and b) almost get killed by the Indominus. Who hasn’t gone through the same at age 16?
One of the biggest attractions of the movie is, undoubtedly, Chris Pratt as its main star. He could have chemistry with an IKEA table. The film could have consisted of two hours of Pratt playing hide-and-seek with the velociraptors and it would have been a success. Hell, I am a vegetarian and I would buy without a second thought 50 tonnes of red meat if Chris Pratt sold them to me. You get my point.
Unfortunately, one of the weaknesses I saw in JW was that it doesn’t exploit Pratt’s potential, especially if we consider what we’ve seen of him in Guardians of the Galaxy or Parks and Recreation. He is the lead of this movie and yet there is so much more he could have done to contribute to it, given the chance.
But nevertheless, the film pays off. We get to see so many beautiful dinosaurs (my favourite one being the Apatosaurus) and extremely impressive action sequences –the movie really outdoes itself with those scenes. And we even get glimpses of the past as JW revisits things from the old movies (I won’t reveal too much about this). Oh, and there is a cameo by my favourite late night host! So I really can’t complain at all.
Just a small suggestion for the Jurassic World sequel: Chris Pratt and Jeff Goldblum throwing sassy remarks at each other for two hours. That’s all we need.
— Parks and Recreation (@parksandrecnbc) June 11, 2015
Now, where can I buy a pet velociraptor?