20 years after the failure of the original park, and the huge success of the original film, Jurassic Park is getting an upgrade: Jurassic World. Now trying to keep a world famous tourist destination on the cutting edge, the scientists at Jurassic World are trying to keep the interest alive (apparently living dinosaurs aren’t enough) by creating a new species of dinosaur: the brutal Indominus Rex, which then gets loose. Surely that couldn’t go wrong.
While things don’t fare well for the park, this movie is a fantastic reboot of the original series. There are many nods to the old series, like the John Hammond Innovation Centre, and the kids (Zach and Gray) discovering parts of the old park, but it not a remake – it’s a third sequel. It also feels new enough to bring the series into a new era; sequel anyone?
In this film, we meet the park’s operations manager, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). Her corporate approach to the park and its dinosaurs is contrasted well with velociraptor trainer Owen’s (Chris Pratt) personal bond with the creatures, and though we’ve seen the “man takes advantage of nature” trope before, it’s rather enjoyable and thrilling in this film. The cliche action movie moments that sometimes occur are made up for by the excitement of a new Jurassic Park film with a brilliant new cast – Bryce Dallas Howard’s hardline Claire becomes more relatable and even funny as the film progresses, whilst Chris Pratt’s Owen is as entertaining as ever. These days, simply casting Chris Pratt in a film automatically brings up it’s entertainment value, and this is no exception. The kids of the film, brothers Zach and Gray, played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins respectively, are also rather enjoyable. Their rocky, slightly cliched relationship at the beginning develops significantly when they are with Claire and Owen, however, and it’s nice to see some enjoyable action movie kids for a change.
And then, of course, there’s the dinosaurs. They’re spectacular; the velociraptors are both terrifying and likeable, and a pterosaur attack on the park is very well shot. The film’s new beastie, the Indominus Rex, is definitely scary, but not quite as memorable or iconic as the raptors, or the T-Rex. But what it’s capable of is the real terrifying thing, and it, along with the rest of the film, had me on the edge of my search fearing for characters’ lives.
As with awesome movies, this one has sparked an internet phenomenon: the velociraptor stance, in which zookeepers copy the iconic Chris Pratt stance with his velociraptors on their own animals. Chris Pratt is slowly but surely taking over the world, and I love it. Below are a few of my favourites.
In a year of big action films, Jurassic World is one of the big contenders. The fantastic cast, awesome actors, and, well, dinosaurs in general, have made a movie that John Hammond would have been proud of.
And here’s my list of my five favourite films starring the Jurassic World cast:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt
- The Help: Bryce Dallas Howard
- X Men: Days of Future Past: Omar Sy
- New Girl (TV series): Jake Johnson
- Iron Man 3: Ty Simpkins