Jurassic World

by | Jun 23, 2015 | 0 comments

A Blockbuster With a Lazy Script But Notable Directing

I’m a bit conflicted about this film. One part of me feels disappointed that Jurassic World was lured into the jaws of the blockbuster genre, but then again another part of me felt pleased that this was the proper sequel to 1993’s Jurassic Park. While Jurassic World hits home in a couple of aspects, it does fail in the meaty aspect of the story telling and in important casting decisions.

Jurassic World pays no attention to the events that happened in Jurassic World II: Lost World and Jurassic Park III, which I think is one of the great victories of director Colin Trevorrow. Jurassic World picks off 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park. The dream of an amusement park with the ancient reptilian beasts as the main attraction has finally come to pass, but years have passed from the park’s opening and attendance has started to dip. This aspect of the plot I feel is very synonymous with our “trending” world today, where subjects can be white-hot for days and maybe even weeks, but then be quickly forgotten. Because of this, the park decides to genetically modify their dinos in order to up the ‘wow’ factor. One of these bioengineered dinosaurs is the Indominus Rex, and as you can imagine things get out of hand. At the park are two brothers (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins) visiting their aunt (Bryce Dallas Howard) who is one of the park’s executive officials. The main attraction here, however, is Chris Pratt who plays the Velociraptor trainer: Owen. The cast also includes the underused Omar Sy and Judy Greer, and a completely unnecessary Vincent D’Onofrio who plays a military contractor who wants to weaponize dinos.

The plot is ambitious and the overall arc of the story works, it was only the dialogue and the meat of the story that really fell flat. The dialogue, first of all, was extremely sloppy and seemed to be a middle schooler’s first draft rather than a professional writer’s script. Because of the terribly written dialogue the character chemistry and the acting are greatly affected, to the point that every actor ends up fending for him or herself. This results in no chemistry at all between Dallas Howard and Pratt and between the two brothers. Unfortunately, this makes all the human interaction scenes extremely boring and non-credible. And while, we’re on acting I want to mention the big mistake in casting Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins in the film as the kids. Not only do the two actors have no chemistry whatsoever (even a good script couldn’t have fixed that), but their acting is either lazy or completely void of quality. Now I know that I’m shaming child actors, and that I can’t expect a Marlon Brando performance from them. But I have seen much better child actors that bring more passion and joy into their role. In a big franchise like Jurassic Park there are bound to be other children willing to work harder than these two.  

Fortunately the dinosaurs save this film. The CGI rendered beasts don’t fail to amaze us, ranging from the Indominus Rex battling and crushing all in its path to the aquatic Monosaurus eating a dangling shark in a single bite. Trevorrow also brings back a minor use of animatronix that were such a success in the 1993 Jurassic Park, and that was a nice tip of the hat from Trevorrow to Spielberg.

Now Colin Trevorrow.

Trevorrow was a very surprising choice to helm the rebooting of the Jurassic franchise, given that he was a young indie director. However, I feel that Trevorrow was a great choice for the film. Unlike other blockbuster directors, he tried to emphasize more with the story of the humans rather focus everything on the visual effects. And while this focus didn’t necessarily work out 100% in this film, it was admirable and refreshing to see. Also, the before mentioned choice to ignore the other sequels in the Jurassic franchise was a smart choice. This gave Trevorrow the momentum from the first film, and also relieved fans from the bitter taste of the second and third films. Finally, one can see that Trevorrow is a humbled director, who respects his predecessor Spielberg, he gives various nods to his films (not only to Jurassic Park but to Jaws and other films as well), and it is always nice to see a humble blockbuster collaborator, it shows us that there are still people with their feet on the ground.

So overall, the film is enjoyable. It’s a typical blockbuster filled with advertising all over the place. The humans end up being bettered in enjoyability by their reptilian counter-parts, but what’s most important is the first Jurassic Park has finally gotten a worthy sequel. 

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 69% 69%

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