Jurassic World Review

“… the best Jurassic Park sequel we’ve gotten.”

I like Jurassic World becasue in my opinion it is the only logical place the franchise could have gone. Let’s face facts: Jurassic Park films were dead after Jurassic Park III, but the franchise was still huge. Based on what some could argue is just one movie, Jurassic Park remained a household name since the first film’s release. So a studio executive gets a hold of the rights and thinks “How do I make this horse spit out more money”, and of course the only answer is to update it.

The thing I love the most about Jurassic World is the parallels it creates between the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise in the movies, as well as the franchise in real life. Much like the people in control of the park in the movie, the people in control of the franchise of which the movie is a part are just as money hungry. It’s almost too meta to have been a mistake. We have product placement, sponsorships, cameos; all of these things not only make the world of Jurassic World come to life, but they also paint a picture of what is being done to the franchise itself. There is a brilliant commentary on over-consumerism and I’m not sure if it was intentional but it works on so many different levels.

Even just from a movie standpoint I seriously enjoyed Jurassic World. Some could say that it was just two hours of exploiting nostalgia to get butts in seats, and while I can see the merit in that argument I had a different point of view. I felt that Jurassic World did a good job of paying homage to the original film, not just in locations and characters (of which there were a few), but also in feeling. Jurassic World struck this wonderful balance between serious and fun, just like the original film. You could have a good time constantly being wowed by the vistas and creatures, but you never lost the sense of urgency the film was setting up. There was never a point where you forgot about the danger of the park, and that always kept you on the edge of your seat.

I will admit that Jurassic World had a few low points. I felt the movie itself was a little too long, and had it been trimmed down a little bit it would have provided a much tighter narrative. And to be real I wasn’t a fan of the little kid in the movie. He was annoying, he cried all of the time, and he made me dislike those parts of the movie. I understand what the filmmakers were going for, but it just didn’t work for me. Luckily Chris Pratt was there to balance it out.

Overall Jurassic World is the best Jurassic Park sequel we’ve gotten. It recaptures the tone of the original film while also providing some commentary on the status of the franchise itself. I had a lot of fun with this movie.

I give Jurassic World a B

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