Hello, readers! My apologies for my three-week absence, I've just been out and about trotting the globe (potential blog posts on that to come at a later date.) As such, I've been out of the movie loop but returned just in time for one of the summer's biggest blockbusters: Jurassic World. That film is, of course, a 20 plus year follow up to Jurassic Park (that chooses to ignore all the other sequels.) History hasn't been kind to the sequels of the original film from 1993, a film which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I went into Jurassic World, with zero knowledge of its critical reception thus far, so my only expectations were formed by the trailers. I asked myself on the way to the theater what I wanted from this movie. Clearly it was not going to outdo the original because that film is as near to perfect as you can get. What I hoped instead was simply that I would be able to watch a movie worthy of being a "Jurassic Park movie." Or certainly at least worthier than The Lost World: Jurassic Park or Jurassic Park III were. Mercifully my expectations were met and, for the most part, I found Jurassic World to be a delight!
Right off the bat, I will say I don't think this movie is perfect. There's a LOT of clunky dialogue (mostly to serve exposition) and several moments that require you to suspend your disbelief to keep the plot feasible. From the trailers, we're shown glimpses of Chris Pratt's character bonding and training raptors to follow his orders... some of it can be a little silly at times, but you just have to go with it. For me, that wasn't too hard since the movie was so much fun. Not every one of the action scenes filled me with undeniable tension, but the ones that worked REALLY worked. The film's number one job is to thrill and quite a few sequences delivered on that. Oh, but before I move on from the minuses of the film let me just add, that for a dinosaur everyone keeps saying is so humongous... it probably coulda been bigger. Just saying. Now back to the strengths.
It wasn't just the action that I really liked, I also found myself to be quite fond of the characters and the humor. Jake Johnson (New Girl) steals every scene he's in and many bit characters make the most of their short appearances as well. Every now and then the characters are given nice moments to breathe and allow the audience to bond with them. In the beginning, it's kinda easy to predict who will die and how, but for the core characters you do care for their survival (even though it's pretty much guaranteed.) One thing that caught me by surprise was some special homages to the first film. This film felt more connected than any of the other sequels because there weren't just throwaway references, they were cut from a more similar cloth. Yes, World tries to copy everything that made the first movie great, but they are certainly a lot more successful at it than Joe Johnston or Spielberg himself was when he revisited the franchise. All in all, I think it's a fun summer popcorn film that while copying the original also manages to respect it. EMILY RATING: 8/10