“Welcome…to Jurassic Park”
22 years ago the world was welcomed by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) into his fantastical world of resurrected dinosaurs that wouldn’t be any trouble at all.
Except they were a heck-load of trouble and caused all sorts of grief that made for a thrilling adventure movie that created a new blockbuster franchise thanks to the genius of Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg (and of course all the production members who helped the Director realise his vision).
With the series having gone into ember for 14 years, is Jurassic World a return worthy of a T-Rex’s bite?
The island of Isla Nublar is back with a successful new theme park in place of the old called Jurassic World. With a population of dinosaurs that makes the former look like a pre-school science experiment, the dream of John Hammond is alive and well and bringing in audience numbers like nobodies business.
But like any successful business, with increased intake comes increased output and so Jurassic World decides to increase the current thrill of the park by ten-fold with their hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex.
This job falls to park Operation’s Manager, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), to sell Dr. Henry Wu’s (B.D Wong) latest creation.
Working alongside new owner Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), the plans to announce Indominus to the world are pushed forward and Dearing calls upon Velociraptor trainer and researcher Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to ensure it’s safe to do so.
All this while her nephews Zack (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) join her at the island for a holiday to remember.
From here of course, everything that we’ve come to love about the Jurassic series unfolds and a wild adventure takes us through the jungles of Isla Nublar again as Dearing, Grady and her nephews work to escape Jurassic World.
The new darling of Hollywood, Chris Pratt, sells the hell out of his now growing body of work in an adventure filled with a character who is parts Indiana Jones and parts Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum‘s character in Jurassic Park). Bryce Dallas Howard runs with him as the driven Claire whose need to improve the park might have put her nephews in more trouble than they needed to be, but as each piece of the story comes to fruition you find yourself smiling with utmost glee, nostalgia filling your soul as the 22 year gap between the first film and the latest condenses itself into a piece of ember that’s resurrected as a whole new ride built from the past.
A movie that’s so heavily self-referential, you’d think it maddening to relive the same tale in a new dino-form. But instead, it plays with a similar formula to that of the Jump Street franchise where its nods at what its done and what its past is, actually make it a wholly better film.
Shots that play-off past moments, revisits to old sets and the return of the first films “bad guys” as the “good guys”, it’s easy to see that Jurassic World is going to eat up the competition at the Box Office.
- Chris Pratt Perfection
- Raptors Wrecking What!
- Dynamic Dino Audio
- Howard's Impressive Heel Running
- Jolly Jurassic Goodness
The dinosaurs are back, and you can only hope they come back for more!