Jurassic World is the blockbuster we’ve been waiting forBy Editor
It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since Jurassic Park 3 disgraced our screens. It may be the age of a moody teenager, but I still can't forget that dream sequence involving Alan Grant and a talking velociraptor. It gives me chills to this day.
It's fair to say, then, that the news that they were rebooting the franchise came with much trepidation. But then some odds things happened: Joe Johnston, director of the previous instalment, was nowhere near the project, Colin
Trevorrow was awarded helming duties and slowly the film started to attract a fresh and talented young cast. In a hushed voice, many of us thought, "We might just have a film on our hands". Yesterday, the world didn't have to discuss it anymore as previews screenings were shown. So I bought a ticket as soon as I could and strolled into a well-known, over-priced chain cinema franchise.
The setup seems pretty familiar but still solid: two young brothers, Zach and Gray, head to the now-opened Jurassic World to visit their Aunt Claire, who works for the park, only for things to take a turn for the worst and a rescue mission is in order. Cue Chris Pratt, Hollywood's go-to studmuffin adventurer to save the day on a babe attracting motorcycle.
In terms of character development, Bryce Dallas Howard's Aunt Claire makes the most progress. At first we see her as the 'uptight stick in the mud' archetype, but as the film goes on we see her turn into a strong lead who manages to fend off beasts whilst spectacularly running about in giant heels. Her co-star Pratt does the job well as a dinosaur researcher, Owen Grady, and is similar to the guy in the first one who, too, is obsessed with raptors. But rather than uttering "clever girl" quite seductively before they dispatch him, Grady has somehow managed to train them like domesticated dogs. Very silly, but I learnt very quickly just to go with it.
The special effects were especially affecting and, dare I say it, were as impressive as the original. One highlight includes the clever invention of 'gyrospheres', giant orbs which park attendees use to drive freely through valleys that are inhabited by safer but no less impressive vegetarian beasts.
What was really impressive about Jurassic World was that it's a film that is looking forward (Trevorrow has stated that the film is direct sequel to the original, ignoring the shaky sequels) and is also fully aware of what it is: a 'leave your brain at the door' blockbuster that intends to wow over anything else. A great illustration of this is Vincent D'Onofrio's villainous Vic Hoskins who is interrupted as he tries to go on a preachy diatribe, almost as if the audience are gearing up to shout, "BORING" if it goes on any longer.
The film is bursting with stunning set pieces, moments of real tension and a cast that are clearly having fun with the script, especially in New Girl's Jake Johnson who adds a lot of humour to his awkward computer geek character, Lowery - a man who comes so close to breaking the fourth wall you expect a sly wink at the camera at any moment. With this in mind, it's safe to say Michael Crichton's legacy hasn't been tarnished any further.
Ignore your nostalgic pangs and see Jurassic World for the fun, well-paced slice of action that we've been waiting for since Christopher Nolan decided that we needed to learn stuff whilst being entertained. And be sure to keep a keen eye out for the park guest who runs for cover whilst clinging to his margarita cocktails as everyone around him is being attacked by pterodactyls.