Sunday, June 14, 2015

Review: Jurassic World (2015)

Pratt and Howard star in a divisive blockbuster.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Produced by Patrick Crowley and Frank Marshall
Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and B.D. Wong

A-

Dinosaurs are back, and Colin Trevorrow has managed to resurrect a dead franchise. After the passing of John Hammond (played by the late Richard Attenborough), the creator of the original Jurassic Park, his legacy continues with Jurassic World, which now thrives as major theme park. Claire Dearing (Howard) is the operations manager at the park, and her nephews Zach (Robinson) and Gray (Simpkins) have just arrived for the holidays. When she calls in Owen Grady (Pratt), a trainer working with raptors, to examine the cage of a new hybrid dinosaur, the beast escapes, putting the whole island at risk. The team of experts, security, and corporate minds must catch the animal, but it'll be a deadly undertaking in this fight for survival.

While this movie was in development for over a decade, Trevorrow has delivered a thrilling, nostalgic adventure with just his second film and first blockbuster. The film is lean and never slows down, which is uncommon in the age of big, bloated action extravaganzas. There are great nods to Steven Spielberg's original adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel, and the new cast are surprisingly effective. Chris Pratt continues to be a charismatic action hero, and Bryce Dallas Howard does a fine job as a clich├ęd workaholic who changes when disaster strikes. (Though, her character wouldn't run in high heels for that long.) Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, meanwhile, prove to be the best child actors in the Jurassic franchise. A great supporting cast is rounded out by actors like Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, and Irrfan Khan, who hit just the right notes. John Williams' theme is lovingly used throughout the film, and the visuals and action sequences are first-rate. Despite initial reservations, this is a wonderful entry in the Jurassic series, and it's one of the best blockbusters of the year.

Oscar Potential: Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects

8 comments:

  1. Good review, Josh! I wish I had enjoyed this one as much as you, but I couldn't get into it :( Super sad about my distaste for Jurassic World.

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    1. Thanks! I really liked this one, but I certainly didn't expect to enjoy it this much.

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  2. Great review. I saw it over the weekend and while it felt like a repeat of the far superior Jurassic Park, I still had fun with it.

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    1. Thanks. It is a lot of fun, for sure.

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  3. I'm pretty much right there with you! Best since the original for sure, and Simpkins was really, really good here. His freakout in the glass ball thing was so genuine. It's hard to portray that kind of fear so genuinely.

    Great review buddy!

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    1. Thanks buddy! So glad you enjoyed this too. Actually, I bumped this up from a B+ to an A- when I thought "If Drew can give Guardians of the Galaxy an A, then I can certainly give Jurassic World an A-". ;)

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  4. Hi Josh! I wouldn't say it's divisive, I think most people enjoyed this. I only gave this a 3/5 as it's fun in parts but I don't know that it's a good movie whilst Jurassic Park was a spectacular and iconic in every way.

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    1. Oh, I meant it was divisive with critics, not audiences. Glad you mostly enjoyed it, though. I agree Jurassic Park is better.

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