Friday, June 12, 2015


I’m glad this movie was rated PG-13.  It does a great job of looking PG-13 while not being too soft or cartoony.  I saw a lot of young people in the theater watching this movie.  I think it’s a great thing that they have kept this something that kids can watch and enjoy. 

                Jurassic World is essentially the finally realized vision of John Hammond from Jurassic Park.  It’s a successful theme park/zoo where people can actually see dinosaurs.  It is so successful in fact that the clientele have become bored with the same old attractions.  This being the case, scientists have genetically engineered a new type of dinosaur.  A bigger, more aggressive, scarier dinosaur.  This could get out of hand in a hurry.  

                This movie is directed by Colin Trevorrow.  He is an unknown director and was a question mark for me going into the film.  In my opinion, he did a fantastic job with this movie.  I was particularly impressed by the action sequences.  They were mostly wide shots and long takes instead of the dreaded shaky or choppy style.  Most of the CGI looked really good as well.  Visually speaking, I had very few problems with the film. 

                Chris Pratt carries a good portion of this film.  He is terrific.  Bryce Dallas Howard, one of the most underrated actresses on earth, is good as well.  She does all she can with a character that left a lot to be desired.  Some of the best scenes in the movie are the interactions between these two great actors. 

                This screenplay was written by several different people and it shows.  It is very disjointed at times with several different side stories that don’t belong in the movie at all.  Some of these just seem to pop up out of nowhere and then just go away with little or no resolution to speak of.  There was an anti-military aspect that didn’t do anything but drag the narrative down.  There are also several conveniences in place as well as things happening that don’t make any sense.  I would also say the movie is a little bit too long as well.  One thing I will say positive about the screenplay was the unexpected and interesting ways it tied into the original Jurassic Park. 

                Pretty much every major character in this film, with the exception of Chris Pratt’s, is totally clichéd.  That was actually the first thing I noticed about the movie.  The actors do a good job with what they have, but the characters are not very well written.  Even the main antagonist dinosaur is written to be way too intelligent and perfect. 

                Regardless of the negative aspects I pointed out, I really enjoyed the majority of this movie.  It was a lot better than the trailers made it look.  The unknown director was impressive and the climax was absolutely terrific.  The ending reminded me a little of the ending of Godzilla.  That is a positive.  It was big and it felt big.  This ending is a major rush.  The movie as a whole is pretty good too.  The Movie Man gives it 3.5 out of 5 stars.      

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