Cary, NC — Jurassic World is a direct sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster. Not a remake, not a reboot, but a straight continuation, which is so refreshing.
A Lot of Fun
That direct link is also the film’s biggest weakness. World doesn’t hold a candle to Jurassic Park. Then again, what does? Spielberg is a master filmmaker, and it would be truly unfair to directly compare the two. So with that in mind, taken on its own terms, Jurassic World is a lot of fun.
The movie opens with the theme park once only dreamed about in the original film, open for business and thriving. It’s so popular, in fact, that the public is actually starting to become accustomed to the fact that dinosaurs exist once again.
This causes the park owners to once again play with Mother Nature and engineer a new attraction called the Indominus Rex. As you can expect, things do not go well.
When it comes to scares, I’m certainly not as easy to startle as I once was, but I’ll be darned if I didn’t jump multiple times during Jurassic World.
This isn’t a horror film, of course, just the film and director Colin Trevorrow having some fun with you while adding a little bit of suspense to the proceedings.
Pratt Plays Hero
Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) is the hero in this outing. I am a huge fan of Pratt. He was one of the funniest members of one of the best casts on television on Parks & Rec, and in Guardians of the Galaxy he brought that sense of humor and even displayed a more roguish quality that he hadn’t gotten to play yet, and to great effect.
In World, Pratt finally gets to play it straight. He gets off a few one-liners here and there, but, for the most part, he is the tough but smart Raptor trainer (you read that right) who sees danger coming a mile away, and Pratt totally owns it. I really think this guy has a shot at becoming the next Harrison Ford down the road if he keeps going like he has been.
Could Have Used a Little More…
Now, you may have noticed that two sentences ago I mentioned that Chris Pratt plays a Raptor trainer. And yes, that is as ridiculous as it sounds. In a good way, though. In fact, I actually wish the film would have gone a little further with the ridiculousness. It would have been a good way to distance itself from Spielberg’s film while still remaining true to the franchises’ great, but truly outlandish, “What if?” storyline. It’s a minor complaint, but one still worth mentioning.
The film’s final 10 minutes come very close to fulfilling my wish with an epic battle royale between the Indominus Rex and Pratt and his trained Raptors. It’s a great bit of fun and features an incredible cameo from one of Jurassic Park’s biggest stars (hint: it’s not a human).
Worth the Nostalgic Trip to the Theater
Overall, Jurassic World is a fun ride for summer and easily the best sequel to come out of the franchise thus far. See it, and then go home and watch the original, just not the other way around!
Jordan Hunt covers movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews.