Jurassic World

Jurassic Park was a movie that had to be made once special effects technology made it possible. The image of dinosaurs running around fighting other dinosaurs and eating people is so primal that it was bound to make a ton of money even if it was horrible. It wasn’t horrible but it also wasn’t the best that Speilberg could do either. I’ve always been vaguely disappointed in it. First of all there is the concept, which Michael Crichton stole from his own Westworld, about an amusement park gone wrong. It seems a little too obvious and pat. It’s also a way to put children into danger, which is a shortcut to sympathy and not always a fair one.
And now they are doing it again. Twenty-two years have gone by since the events in the first film. The park was renamed Jurassic World and reopened ten years earlier. Unfortunately, the novelty has worn off and attendance is beginning to drop. To combat this decline in interest, the leader of the Park, Clair played by Bryce Dallas Howard, has decided to genetically engineer a new deadly dinosaur species. Her nephews Gray played by Ty Simpkins, and Zach played by Nick Robinson, are visiting the park for a few days.
I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I report that things go wrong.
It is almost exactly the same plot as the first movie and I suppose it deserves criticism for that, but darn it, the movie is exciting. The kid actors are pretty good. They bicker and bond as brothers believably and they’re not just victims; they are smart and get themselves out of a lot of jams. Bryce Dallas Howard is convincing as a workaholic who is concentrating on the bottom line. And Chris Pratt plays both the action hero and the Cassandra as he keeps telling people to take further precautions and they tells them “I told you so,” when they don’t. He’s not too annoying. The characterization isn’t deep but it is enough to make you care.
Jurassic World is a pretty film, of course. The dinos are seamlessly interwoven into the live action. I assume that it is a combination of CGI and practical effects. They do a good job of believably portraying what a massive tourist attraction like this must look and feel like, from the ferries between Costa Rica and Isla Nubar to the gift shops and hotels on the island.
It’s a journeyman-like script if not terribly original.
Jurassic World is a perfect summer movie much like Jurassic Park was. You should see it, even if it is essentially a remake.


3 Responses to “Jurassic World”

  1. 1 Mark Anderson June 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    In case you didn’t know:

    “Practical effects are those which are done using props or special gear to produce an effect for the camera to film. Wind- and rain-machines, squibs, radio controlled vehicles, and pyrotechnics are all practical effects. So are breakaway furniture, walls or windows, and tilting or shaking platforms under the set.”

    — tvtropes.org

  2. 2 Mark Anderson June 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    My previous comment (“In case you didn’t know…”) was not directed at the author of this blog but rather at readers like myself who are unfamiliar with the vocabulary of filmmaking.

  3. 3 theotherebert June 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I know in the original Jurassic Park they used animatronics, life sized models of the dinosaurs with motors and other hardware to give them motion. They undoubtedly used it in Jurassic World as well and that was what I was referring to.

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