Jurassic World Movie Review (7/10)

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Despite being a pretty fun film, Jurassic World tries to remind everyone about Jurassic Park with tons of references to the first film rather than focusing on the film we are watching.

I just had a chance to see one of the most anticipated films of this summer, Jurassic World! I am a HUGE fan of the original Jurassic Park and consider it to be one of the best movies ever made. Now going into this film I wasn’t expecting much, it’s been twenty-two years since Jurassic Park was released in theaters and usually sequels that happen a decade or two after the original just aren’t as good (for example Dumb and Dumber Too) as the original film.

I was very much looking forward to this film because I am a big fan of Chris Pratt, who is very popular at the moment. Unfortunately Chris Pratt couldn’t save the film from it’s flaws. Allow me to explain…

Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, B.D. Wong, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Katie McGrath, and Jake Johnson.

Jurassic World takes place exactly 22 years after the first Jurassic Park, and now the park has expanded and become a very popular theme park called you guessed it Jurassic World! Jon Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur theme park is fully realized and people come from all over the world to visit this Dinosaur version of Disney World off the coast of Costa Rica on Isla Nublar.

Attendance is starting to dwindle at the park which leads Simon Masrani (the new park owner) to authorize a new park attraction, a dinosaur hybrid known as The Indominus Rex!

By now you know that things don’t go according to plan and Indominus starts attacking people and terrorizing the park and is the “monster,” that needs to be stopped.

Jurassic World has its moments, (there are some great action sequences in the film and the Jurassic Park theme introducing Jurassic World to the audience will make your inner child squeal with joy) but not memorable moments like ones in 1993’s Jurassic Park. Nothing as memorable as the scene with the Raptors in the kitchen, the glass of water vibrating signaling the approaching T-Rex, the T-Rex chasing the park Jeep, which an injured and terrified Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) watches sitting in the back of the Jeep.

Jurassic World tries too hard to remind the audience, “Hey guys, this is the same park where the first film happened!” “Hey guys this is the island where this happened, remember?!” The numerous references to Jurassic Park make you want to stop for a second in the middle of the film and ask yourself “why don’t I just go home and watch Jurassic Park?” Now this is not something you should want your audience thinking about in the middle of this film.

Another flaw with Jurassic World are the two boys (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson), which the movie focuses on.  They are boring characters and every time they were on screen I wanted to see what was happening to Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters.

Overall, Jurassic World is a fun “monster” movie that just happens to have the Jurassic title in it. However it never really manages to reach the level that Jurassic Park did and its many references to Jurassic Park hurt the film rather than help it.

If you are looking for a fun, entertaining popcorn movie, with lots of action then you will have a good time with Jurassic World. My advice is don’t go into the film with high expectations, you will be disappointed.

MY FINAL RATING IS 7/10!

What say you? Have you seen Jurassic World? If so, what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts let me know!

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