To preface the review I’ll start by saying I’m going to try to keep it fairly spoiler free and unbiased. I feel the need to say I’m gonna stay unbiased because I am a massive fan of the original Jurassic Park. A lot of people seeing this movie will be blinded by nostalgia, and I’m going to try to avoid that in this review.
Despite being an overall enjoyable movie, Jurassic World has some serious flaws. Before getting all negative and pointing out said flaws, we’ll start with some of the good things about the movie. It has a lot of the same charm that the original movie had, but with added bonus of the threat being way larger; both literally in size and because there is a lot more at stake given that the park is open.
The cast is fantastic, cause it’s mostly made up of well known actors that are incredibly popular right now. Chris Pratt is fun to watch as always. He continues to prove that he is one of the best leading men for action and comedy. Fresh off his appearance as Kingpin on Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio absolutely kills it as the guy who makes things worse by not listening- a role that is key in every single Jurassic Park movie ever made. The only major cast member that really didn’t bring her A-Game is Bryce Dallas Howard, playing a character that is mostly just there to make bad decisions, she was very annoying and hard to watch. The cast is rounded out by smaller bit characters like New Girl‘s Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer.
You can’t really comment on the special effects in a Jurassic Park movie. The 1993 movie was so ahead of it’s time, it’s made modern special effects look bad. Like most visual spectacle films lately, the effects did fall a little flat.
This movie is very meta. Watching it you’ll be very aware that you’re watching a sequel 20 years in the making, because they can’t seem to stop referencing the first movie. The plot is pretty dumb, and is constantly moving forward based on the same people making the same mistakes over and over. It’s also very predictable.
One department I’ve never once touched on in all my years of writing reviews: The hair and makeup department. I’m not sure what they were thinking, but these people were way too pretty to be running for their lives. Bryce Dallas Howard‘s character went from perfectly groomed, to messy and dirty (as if she had been running from dinosaurs), to perfectly styled againp- as if she took the time to stop and style her hair while running for her life through a jungle from a genetically designed dinosaur hybrid. And can we talk about Chris Pratt‘s eye makeup? He looked like Jareth from The Labyrinth.
Another thing I was annoyed by was the abundance of product placements in Jurassic World. It may have been done on purpose, since a big part of the plot was corporations sponsoring the attractions in the park, but I was a little tired of having Samsung, Virgin Mobile and Ben and Jerry’s shoved down my throat… And I don’t mean that literally. If I was having Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream literally shoved down my throat during the movie I don’t think I would be complaining.
Go see Jurassic World, especially if you are a fan of the first Jurassic Park movie. You will enjoy it, just know that there are a lot of flaws. The saddest part of this being a decent enough film is that it will perform well in the box office and they will start making more again, and I really don’t think we need anymore movies after this one.