After over 20 years, the park is back. The dinosaurs are back. The breathtaking directing, producing, acting, camera shots, special affects and story is back too. Reboots are one of the hardest things to pull off and not ruining the entire series it self. Director Colin Trevorrow and co-producer Steven Spielberg pull it off way over 100%.
When I say this is dramatic, that is a under statement. Although it is not scary, at times every person in the audience shivers in thrill, fear and just excitement of what is going to happen next. A classic part of Spielberg is adding that comedy in what would be expected impossible places, but yet the comedy fits perfectly. In parts, there is romance and even adventure. Of course, who can forget, dinosaurs!
The story begins when Jurassic World, built around 30 to 40 years after the original Jurassic Park closed down on the same island is a massive resort and theme park, with many dinosaurs, attractions and even a baby dinosaur petting zoo! (I want to go there!) Like all theme parks, management is trying to pop out with new attractions so people stay entertained/ Well they decide to go over-the-top with a genetically modified dinosaur Indominus Rex, which is a combination of many animals making it smart, powerful, fast, strong, big and over all a T Rex 2.0!
This film is just WOW! First, let's talk about the camera shots. They are able to achieve 360 degree shots, 20 feet off the ground and close ups all in one. It is fantastic and perfectly timed too. The director doesn't just do it for the sake of doing it, which I like. I think the acting is perfect. It is dramatic, action packed, romantic and much more. The actors, young and old all are perfect. The director and producers came through in a way that is beyond amazing. Steven Spielberg hasn't stopped making films one of a kind and it is as if he brought back a feel from the original Jurassic Park.
I do want to mention the moral of the plot because it pretty much shows something we see time and time again, and people in the film see time and time again as well, that it is a BAD idea to make dinosaurs a attraction. Yet, it gets people to empty their wallets so the attractions makers do it. The moral is "When it fails, it fails. Don't try to stretch out something that shouldn't exist. (Because it's dangerous)" Not only do people think it is a good idea to make a whole bunch of massive man-eating beasts a petting zoo, they also decide to make a dinosaur, that is pretty impossible to kill, an attraction. And then, they think, "Oh nothing bad will happen."
I have to say that this is a rather violent film (pretty typical of the Jurassic series). It is border line horror because of how dramatic it is. It will give people chills. And, it is just not meant for younger kids. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars for being a wonderful film. It is dramatic with revolutionary camera shots and crystal clear special effects. I am predicting now that this film will win at least one Oscar.
Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Jurassic World is an action packed extravaganza that is an amazing 3D experience. Its part action, part disaster and part science fiction film. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this recent installment of the Jurassic franchise is startling in its special effects imagery. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.
The Jurassic World theme park features fully functioning dinosaurs in their natural habitat. Attendance at the park is declining, so the owner commissions a new dinosaur attraction called Indominus Rex. The Indominus Rex is a genetically engineered dinosaur that has many attributes from other species. It was designed to put the WOW back into Jurassic World. The story concerns two brothers, Gray and Zack who go to Jurassic World to visit their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works at the park. When the boys are touring the park, they go off- road, just at the time when the Indominus Rex breaks out of his habitat. The boys do not listen to the emergency announcement telling the visitors to return to the main building. Claire gets anxious about her nephews so she enlists the aid of the head animal trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to help her save the boys. Meanwhile, the head of security for InGen, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), is trying to use the Indominus Rex and other fearsome dinosaurs at the park as weapons for the military.
The special effects in Jurassic World are really amazing. The dinosaurs look totally real. It must have taken a lot of time and money to create such realistic effects. Especially in IMAX, all the special effects really pop. My favorite part of the film is when Owen Grady "clicker" trains the velociraptors. It's so cool how they respond to him. They look so real! The film is also gently humorous. There aren't that many funny scenes, but when there is a funny scene, it's well played. The moral of film is how important family is, especially the bond between brothers. Also, Jurassic World shows the danger of tampering with mother nature. Jurassic World is typical of the genre of big disaster movies with a lot of clich� elements. Being a sequel, the film isn't that unique story wise. The acting is serviceable. Some of the reactions aren't believable in terms of the scare factor of Jurassic World.
Jurassic World is appropriate for ages 12 to 18. It is surprisingly gory and scary, so parents should accompany younger kids. The film may not be appropriate for all kids under 13. I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15.
As a movie buff who disapproves of stretching a franchise out too long (especially if the last two have been lack luster) and, as a fan of the first Jurassic Park, I admittedly went into this film with low expectations. After Jurassic Park 2 and 3, I had little hope that a 4th one would be much better than it's two predecessors. I'll put it this way: I couldn't be happier, that I was wrong. Jurassic World is almost better than Jurassic Park. It has the best acting of any of the films, it brings back the tension the original had, and above all, it is fun.
It was strange, for a while, to see a film in the Jurassic Park franchise without Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, or the late Richard Attenborough. But Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt give great performances and inherit the reigns of this series exceptionally.
Now, to the part the fans REALLY care about - yes, the dinosaurs are awesome. Why? Because they've finally gotten a new one! The villain of the film is bigger and better than the last two and is genuinely scary. But the real key to this film is the development of relationships.
Director Michael Giacchino and the screenplay writers (there's a lot of them) have made us CARE for these characters, dinosaurs included, and what happens to them. They aren't annoying nor are they boring or static. They are well rounded (for a film of this genre, which suffices) and with some kind of noticeable depth. They develop over the film and we watch them grow. Because we care for them, suspense is created when they are put into intense situations. Relationships are also developed with the dinosaurs. No longer is every dinosaur a threat, instead there are actually some creatures we root for. As a matter of fact, the best supporting character in this film is a sea dinosaur.
And finally, the icing on the already delicious cake, is how many allusions to the first Jurassic Park the film has. How many inside jokes there are between filmmakers and fans. That's classic filmmaking. That's a throwback to those great cheesy, fun, fan-favorite 80s films when the audience and the filmmakers are in sync, and BOTH parties are having genuine fun. It's most noticeable in the actual filmmaking - the angles and the pacing and editing, it's all very Speilberg-esque. Therefore, the original is honored in both content and style.
I applaud this film for having fun and for being mature. I actually want another one, I want to see these characters and these actors again. That's how good it is. I'd like to see this movie again. That's why I give this film, 4 out of 5 stars. It can be seen at a local theater near you starting Jun3 12. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. For fans of the franchise, here's your consolation for the last two, go have fun.
Reviewed by Willie J, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.