Here are some of our reviews for Jurassic World.
My expectations for Jurassic World were low. I loved the original, hated the second one and skipped the third one. After while, I felt there really was no reason to go back. That changed with the Jurassic World concept. I was intrigued by the idea of turning it into a Dino-Sea World attraction. When I walked out of the theater, I found myself very satisfied with Jurassic World as a summer movie-going experience. I liked the characters, the action, the nods to the original and the imagination put into the park. I think the Jurassic Park tie-ins were used effectively and they're definitely some of the best moments in the film. From beginning to end, I was never bored and I never thought it dragged. These days, those things alone can make a film worth the trip. I was glad I chose to visit the Jurassic World again.
I absolutely loved Jurassic World! I know a lot of people were disappointed in the film, but I really enjoyed it. I mean, you can't really go wrong with Chris Pratt, velociraptors and a theme park filled with dinosaurs! My favorite parts were the tributes to the original Jurassic Park film and the scenes with Chris and his raptors. I also liked the mystery plot with Vincent D'onofrio and the Indominus Rex. I figured it out pretty quickly, but I thought it gave them film a depth that I wasn't expecting. I also really liked the emotional chord between the two brothers. As a summer popcorn flick, it didn't need to have strong themes of family, but it did and I really liked that! I can't wait to see where they take the franchise next!
Jurassic World is the cinematic equivalent of the large bucket of popcorn I ate while watching it. I enjoyed it in the moment, but felt like I hadn’t really consumed anything of substance as soon as it was finished. It’s a fun ride, which is what summer action flicks should be. So, on that count, it’s a success. However, the first film had a linear plot that was resolved satisfactorily. This new film contains at least four storylines, only one of which gets any real resolution (that being the relationship between Owen and Claire). By the way, I had to look up Claire’s name. The only names I could remember from the film were Owen and Gray, which tells you all you need to know about the depth of the characters as written. I didn’t HATE the film, I enjoyed it in the moment, but I was left with more questions than answers at the end. I realize this is a setup for sequels, which is fine, but this felt like four movies rolled into one, and 3 of the movies didn’t get fully realized. Tonally, the film zigs and zags from broad comedy to semi-thoughtful discussion on treatment of the animals to medium-octane action. This would be a welcome multi-layered story if these tonal shifts were handled well, but the changes are jarring and erratic. At certain points, I felt like I was watching a Gremlins 2-level satire of the original film, but it didn’t feel purposeful. It felt accidental. Ultimately, I recommend the film to people who enjoy the action of the first film and to those who like dinosaurs an awful lot. Beyond that, there were several missed opportunities and a muddled tone that just didn’t work for this viewer. Also, think about this, the whale-o-sauras in the big water tank is probably dead now because it does not have the ability to hunt the other dinosaurs for food since it’s stuck in the water. That’s a shame.
I went into "Jurassic World" confident that I'd be entertained in the way such blockbuster films portend. I left knowing that the film was sheer pleasure from start to end, commanding not just my attention, but that of my seven-year-old daughter, Harper, who had been clamoring to see it. The film is much more than eye candy and special effects. The dialogue is crackling, the scenery is lush and the characters are fare more dimensional than they're given credit for being. In short, it's not just the perfect summer movie, it's a splendid film.
Grade: Solid A
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