Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jurassic World: A Movie Review 65 Million Years in the Making

After twenty-two years, Jurassic Park World is open. Set on the same island that started the epic franchise for Universal Studios, Jurassic World is a successful, fully-functioning theme park like John Hammond imagined twenty years earlier. Complete with rides, a learning center, a petting zoo, and dozens of dinosaur species, nothing could be better.

Until corporate decides to give the green light for a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex, the first successful, genetically modified hybrid. When the Indominus Rex breaks out its paddock, chaos takes over Isla Nublar once more.

Jurassic World was released in theaters a month ago (June 11th, which was the same day Jurassic Park released twenty-two years ago). It broke the global record for opening weekend by making over $500 million. It's been the subject of a lot of buzz on the internet, including the famous new "prattkeeping" meme.

But does Jurassic World live up to the Jurassic Park franchise standards? We've gathered together to let you know our opinion on this summer's block buster film. The park is open.

Jaime Heller
If there's one thing you need to know about me, it's that I like movies and I like dinosaurs (and dragons). So when the two combine into something pretty epic, I'm definitely going to talk about it. And I probably won't stop for a while. Jurassic World is something I'm going to be talking about for a long time. Why? Because I think it's definitely worth it.

I had high expectations for this film. I mean, DINOSAURS, right? Plus, I've loved Jurassic Park (and the other movies) since the first time I saw it. For years I'd heard there were plans to make another movie, and I could hardly wait. Since the first teaser trailer was released (with that altered theme music to give me goosebumps), I've been ecstatic. Plus, Chris Pratt. I mean, dinosaurs and Chris Pratt? How could this go wrong?

Well, it didn't. Personally, I think this is the best movie I've seen all year and probably will see this year (I'm sorry, Age of Ultron). Before its release, I wrote a post listing fifteen reasons Jurassic Park works. And after I saw Jurassic World not once, not twice, but three times (I know, I know, but dinosaurs remember?), I went through the list in my head. And it nailed every single one of my points. It had a wide variety of dinosaurs to gander at. But it also had a good plot, fantastic tension (seriously, I was on the edge of my seat during most of it), well-developed characters (Chris Pratt!!! Bryce Dallas  Howard!!!), good lines of dialogue, and fabulous music. I love the way Michael Giacchino adapted the original music by John Williams to remind me of the first movie, yet also introduces his own creativity in the score to fit the film (I've listened to the score over and over in the past month). There was humor, great special effects, and plenty of dinosaur butt-kicking.

I laughed, I screamed, I cheered, I even cried over Velociraptors. Me. Crying over the dinosaurs that used to give me nightmares. Heck, by the end of the movie, I wanted my own Velociraptor posse.

For me the movie started off slow because of all the new characters, this new world, etc., but once the action started (and Chris Pratt showed up with his Raptor gang) everything snowballed into awesomeness. They successfully balanced between the "dinosaurs, run!" dangerous side of such endeavors and the original preservation of dinosaurs as beautiful creatures.

I expected something better than the second and third movie, while still reminiscing the first film. I think Jurassic World captured the spirit of Jurassic Park. And I hope there's more movies to come. After all, I think I need to see Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle with his Raptor squad again.

Plus they've got the perfect opportunity to name the next movie The Lost Park (since Jurassic World is basically Jurassic Park + The Lost World smashed together).

Erinn Leach

I absolutely adored the velociraptors  in the movie so I drew their eyes. The animatronics in the film were beautiful and one of my favorite aspects of the film. I'm so happy they kept it in.

Mirriam Neal
Everyone grew up with Jurassic Park. Some of us (coughmecough) even love the second movie, and like the third one okay (it didn’t have Ian Malcolm, which was a big downside, but hey – it had the cute guy who saved Dr. Grant’s hat). I was pretty sure I would love Jurassic World. Why? Because a) it’s the Jurassic Park franchise, b) Chris Pratt, and c) Chris Pratt. I wasn’t disappointed. The special effects were much less ‘overdone’ than they looked in the trailer. The brand-new, cooked-up-in-a-lab dinosaur was the perfect Big Bad. Chris Pratt’s character Owen – can I just marry the man? And Claire running like a boss in heels throughout the entire movie – oh yeeaaah. Woman of the year, right there. But the real show-stealer? The velociraptors. Velociraptors made me cry. They gave me emotions. I rooted for them. When a velociraptor ties with the main actor for your favorite character, you know one of two things: either the movie is really terrible, or the movie is completely awesome. In this case, I pick the latter. Jurassic World was a fun, emotional, gripping, action-packed installment just as good as the first movie, and I would be very fine if they announced a fifth Jurassic Park movie. In fact, shut up and take my money.

Did you see Jurassic World? Let us know what you thought of the film in the comment below!

1 comment:

  1. I've been a Jurassic Park fan since I was a little kid, so my expectations were high, too. I loved all the throwbacks to the other movies, and how JW feels like it belongs to the series, rather than feeling like a reboot. And it was just so much fun to watch! Lots of suspense, lots of dinosaurs. (And this movie is entirely the reason that being a velociraptor trainer is my new dream career.) :)