Jurassic World Revisited
Jurassic World Revisited

Jurassic World (2015)

 

Jurassic World features just one character returning from the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong). That’s not necessarily a drawback, however. All the types you’d expect are here. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are the heroes; the roles of the annoying children are fulfilled by Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gary (Ty Simpkins); Irrfan Khan is the successor to John Hammond; and Vincent D’Onoforio plays the military type with an agenda. Jurassic Park movies have never been about humans, of course, whether the sarcastic Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) or the likeable Alan Grant (Sam Neill) take center stage. They’ve always been about dinosaurs, and Jurassic World is no exception. While there are no cameos here for Goldblum or Neill, there are plenty of references to the original Jurassic Park.

 

Best Since Jurassic Park

 

This is the best movie in the series since the original, and does a far better job than the first two sequels at recreating the tone of the movie that started it all. It begins by immersing us in the environment of a fully operational dinosaur-themed amusement park. The tragedies that occurred in the original are long gone. The park opened its doors over 10 years ago and visitors are no longer satisfied with just dinosaurs. That, however, turns out to be the least of their problems. One day, a genetically modified Indomitous Rex manages to escape and sets his hungry eyes on the 22,000 visitors on Isla Nublar, including Zach and Gary, who are both in attendance at the park. Of course, from there, there’s lots of screaming and lots of fun in this very worthy sequel.

 

A Long Wait

 

Jurassic fans had a while to wait since the previous movie in the series (14 years, to be exact). That hasn’t stopped them from getting their teeth into Jurassic culture, however, biting into endless merchandise, such as clothes, mugs, posters, and even 3D dinosaurs home decoration. The Jurassic World Evolution video game is also on its way to Steam, PS4, and Xbox One. There’s also Microgaming’s Jurassic World slot machine, which we found out about at SlotsOnlineCanada.com, which includes both footage and music from the actual movie, as well as four bonus games on both mobile and PC.

 

Nice Effects, Pity About the 3D

 

The special effects in Jurassic World, both animatronic and CGI, are far superior to those seen in the previous movies, although that’s not particularly surprising, considering the degree of change that has occurred in the industry over the years. The 3D is a waste and was really only included due to it now being, seemingly, an obligatory part of a summer blockbuster.

The movie leaves the door open for further installments, but while this is an enjoyable romp, it may be better to leave it as a stand-alone follow-up. While the writers deserve praise for coming up with a worthy two-hour addition to the series, there’s really nowhere else for it to go.

– Alex Farnworth