In 1993, Stephen Spielberg brought us Jurassic Park, a spectacle of tension, drama, adventure and wow-ing special effects that holds up today. Now, 22 years and two somewhat failed sequels later, we are finally back where it all begain, Isla Nublar. First off, let me just say that comparing this movie to the original is a dead end. It’s not possible nor should it even be attempted to do so, because the two are two completely different films. With that said, is it a worthy sequel? Let’s take a stroll down Tango Lane to see some of my thoughts on the 2015 spectacle that is Jurassic World.
It’s 20 or so years after the incidents on Isla Nublar in the first film and the park is open for business. Various dino-attractions are attracting people from all over the globe but just as it is with everything else, after a while the wow-factor seems to be on a downward slope and the only way to attract more people is to genetically create a new species of dinosaur. Enter the Indominous Rex, the main “villain” of the film. Albeit a magnificent beast, the name ‘Indominous Rex’ seems like somewhat of a ploy to be able to call it ‘i-Rex’, much like basically everything technological today is called i-something or other. Anywho, as sure as winter is colder than summer, this I-Rex gets loose and starts wreaking havoc on the island. The basic dinosaur-versus-man scenario, nothing new. But knowing that that was what it was about, I’m okay with it. It works, even after 22 years. It was awesome when I saw Jurassic Park as a 10-year old and it was awesome now as a 32-year old. The main thing that differed the two (somewhat the same) stories was the feel of it all. Where Jurassic Park had a tension build-up climaxing in an event, like a horror film, Jurassic World felt like a more hands-on, action packed monster movie. Like I said in the beginning, the two are two completely different films. They both work great as what they are and they both serve the purpose they were made for.
Now, on to some of the characters. The film starts out with two kids, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), leaving for the park. They are the nephews of Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who’s in charge of Jurassic World, which gives us a reason to care a little bit more about them than the rest of the visitors. They both work their parts great in the film, with an interesting character arc for Zach, the oldest, as he starts out as a distant teenager with an I-don’t-care-attitude but proves himself a good brother toward the end. They had some memorable moments in the film, nothing that felt needed but their part kept us somewhat more invested in Claire.
Claire, the career-driven, non-stop workaholic. If the park’s not doing well, she’s not doing well. She starts out a stuck-up know-it-all who doesn’t seem to care about nothing but numbers, but she ends up being one of my favorite characters in the whole movie and Bryce Dallas Howard does the part with a magnificent brilliance. I have never been a huge Bryce-fan but I am definitely holding her in a much higher regard after seeing her performance in this film. A fantastic performance throughout. Put her in more shit, Hollywood!
As for the main character (yeah, I’ve heard people say he wasn’t really the main character, but I saw him as just that!), Owen, he was just perfect from start to finish. From the first scene where he’s seen “controlling” the raptors to the very last, everything about this character was badass! This is the one character in the film that actually could Not have been played by no one other than Chris Pratt. He had the attitude, the mannerisms, the smirk, everything you would’ve missed if it weren’t present. Kudos to Chris for what I think is his best performance yet in his career!
Now, in the months leading up to this film I have heard (and been a part of) a lot of discussions about Owen being able to control the Velociraptors like some sort of Raptor-whisperer and it had me thinking that they couldn’t possibly make that particular bit work. Now after seeing the film, I have to say, it worked amazingly well. It was extremely well done, with him having imprinted on them when hatching, how he managed to calm them down through a bond similar to what one might have with its dog. As a dog person myself, I really saw how it could work and I am glad that they had it in there, ’cause it wouldn’t have been the same without it. You know why when you see the film yourselves.
Overall, I really don’t have anything negative to say about this film. There were dinosaurs (monsters, more like), drama, action, adventure, suspense, humour. There were a lot of nods to the original, including the old park. The theme song was used perfectly and it brought back some really intense nostalgia from hearing it the first time, which was a really good thing. The CGI effects in this film was just as great as the practical effects in Jurassic Park. Put all those separate parts together and you have yourself a Great movie. Jurassic World can stand proud as it receives the Tango’s ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’. Best film I’ve seen so far this year. Let’s see if it holds that position for the rest of the year!
And now it’s time to watch a little something more down to earth, something a little bit more realistic. What it’ll be, I don’t know yet, but you’ll probably read about it here in the next few days, but until then…