Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic Park has been running cold ever since the third installment practically killed the franchise, delivering but a single truly impressive film in the process and too little lore material for any more sequels. But, since it’s the trend this year, yet another continuation to a long-done franchise arrives with Jurassic World.

Many years after the Jurassic Park incident, Isla Nublar is now an island-wide theme park known as Jurassic World that deals with bolder science than its smaller predecessor.  So, when the visitor rates start declining, the board of Jurassic World decides to create a new dinosaur, which, incidentally, leads to another disaster.

Just like it is with franchise revivals, and this one in particular, skepticism has surrounded Jurassic World as to what the film can offer that the audiences haven’t seen before. This skepticism, however, played a vital role in the movie’s favor because, well, the people’s lack of faith in the installment lead to it emerging as a pleasant surprise.

Before reaching the better elements of Jurassic World, however, the weakest feature of the film was found in its writing. Four people worked on the script and four people did a job that’s but short of horrendous. Aside from a couple of witty jokes, every bit of character dialogues and dynamics was childish and coated with cheese. To think that four people joined their efforts to come up with something as bad.

Luckily, though, one of those four people was good at directing. In an attempt to save a badly written movie, Colin Trevorrow ultimately succeeds. Jurassic World’s less action-packed sequences can be considered below average, again, due to the writing. However, once the wheels are set in motion, Trevorrow proves that he indeed knows what he’s doing by delivering some intense and thrilling, even if predictable, action sequences. In fact, though the creation of a new dinosaur may not be at all original, it did add potential for action that couldn’t have made it in the previous installments, potential that Trevorrow uses to give his film the edge it needs to survive its runtime.

Trevorrow also breathes life into the park. The shots he takes all around helped turn Jurassic World into the experience of actually being there, which, in the context of the movie, is vital to the film’s success. Those shots were but completed by Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack that proved to be the best thing about this continuation.

The stunning visuals make Jurassic World even better by providing some impressive scenery and giving the dinosaurs enough expressions to make them feel real. This also helps in turning the film into an experience for the viewers, who will, at one point or the other, wish they themselves were visiting Isla Nublar.

Add some decent effort from the actors into the mix, and what’s left is an entertaining movie. Chris Pratt alone brings in the charm and humor to spice up any movie he’s in, so the addition of other talents, like Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan and Nick Robhinson, made things even better. Though one major casting mistake was wasting a talent such as Vincent D’Onofrio on a character so horribly developed that he’d be considered more of a mouthful than a human being.

The Verdict

Jurassic World is, as expected, nothing too impressive. The horrible dialogues and character development could have resulted in a catastrophe if it weren’t for the charm the cast provided, the intensity Trevorrow delivered and the music Giacchino composed. Thus, the latest Jurassic Park installment proves to be an entertaining and enjoyable continuation that breathes life into its franchise.

Rating: 7.5/10. The park is open, and it’s worth a visit.

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