Amblin, Legendary and Universal are dang lucky this movie is so freaking amazing. Seriously.
So this week I finally treated myself to a movie I’ve been anticipating since before it was even announced. Growing up (as if that ever actually happens) I loved Jurassic Park trilogy (and the Michael Crichton novels – in fact, just reread the original last week) so when a new Jurassic film was confirmed, I was all sorts of giddy excited; finally we’d have those prehistoric predators were back and oh my gawd, I couldn’t even. Unfortunately, I then learned the producers (grrrr) were just up and ignoring The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. Say what? Oh no you di’n’t! I was all, come one, Hollywood, stop the pseudo reboot bull! Y’all already disappointed fans when some dipstick rewrote Halloween with Halloween: 20 Years Later. Don’t go ripping my heart out again! So right there, I had some major doubts about this film.
Against all odds, and fanboy-rage, I loved this long awaited return to Isla Nublar (though after seeing it I don’t see why the last two needed to be retconned into nothingness) and by the time the freak show that is Indominus Rex broke free, my concerns were gone. Somehow, the filmmakers reproduces that awe-inspiring wonder that Jurassic Park created the first time (and every time after) I watched it.
The sights! The sounds! The dinosaurs! It felt like I was twelve again (though many claim I still am and always will be so that may not mean much) as I stared, starry-eyed and slack-jawed at the 3D creations so realistic I forgot it was only a film. I didn’t want it to end but, sadly, even fantasies must end.
So first, the story:
Twenty years after dinos ran amok and made meals out of silly humans who thought they had everything under control, the island is now a huge tourist destination – John Hammond’s dream came true. Sadly, Lord Richard Attenborough died shortly before taping began so he is not there to see it; it would have been so nice to see the glow in Hammond’s eyes when as he watched visitors drink it all in.
Side note: where in the blue heck in Timmy (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards)? They’re not dead so why aren’t they there? Not only are they alive and well but also old enough to have inherited Grampy’s company. Yes, y’all, I consider that a mark against. Luckily, the new cast is amazeballs, but we’re not there yet. Instead, back to the story.
The film deftly shows humanity’s utter incompetence, stupidity and greed; they (oaky, we) are under the grand illusion that we can control all of nature, even nature that hasn’t been natural in more time than we can comprehend. Did no one take Ian Malcolm’s (Jeff Goldblum) warning to heart? Or Ellie Sattler’s (Laura Dern). Or Alan Grant’s (Sam Neill)? (And also, were noneavailable?? Oi.)
Or John frikkin Hammond!?
Now, onto the actors.
Chris Pratt (Owen) has been showing himself quite capable in the action-hero roles; Owen is determined and strong but not overbearing and obsessed with manliness. He’s heroic because he's caring and that leads him to jump into dangerous situations; he didn’t need to go into the park after brothers Zack (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) – they are nothing to him but important to Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) – but he does, with Claire right beside him. Claire, who begins the movie as a workaholic who changes when her family is in danger, insists on journeying into the park, hazards and all, to save her nephews. These two are great together and the relationship that some movies would’ve forced is allowed to simmer in the background as more important things take place.
Nope. Lucky for us. Not so much for them. Cause, again,Jurassic World rocks. See? So it’s not all complaints – those just happen to be my specialty – cause if it was, I wouldn’t be saying over and over I love this movie! And be seriously considering seeing it again. Which I wanted to as soon as it was over but I couldn’t just hit play again. Dang theater rules.
Okay, one more… quibble. That Indominus Rex thing? Yeah, absolutely no mystery as to what the surprise DNA was. I won’t say here what it was. I’ll just say I knew the answer before she broke free. Dudes. Really. Nice try but no.
Question: when in tarnation did young actors get so dang good? Robinson, who begins kind of emo, is wholly believable as the protective big brother; the scenes he shares with Simpkins in the wild are where Jurassic World’s heart resides. And that is only possible because both actors are frakkin amazing. Simpkins, though young, is such a natural that I yelled at Zack for being a jerk. I wish there’d been more time with these two before they reunite with their aunt – the best part of the film is over too soon. Yes, best. Watching them together was better than even T-Rexie’s brief, but action-filled, time onscreen. Oh my gawd, that was AMAZING. Sorry, no spoilers. Oh, and B.D. Wong returned as Dr. Henry Wu. If not for spoilers, I’d so rant.
Final verdict? See it. Like, now. And then see it again. Cause it kicks that much butt. Yes, there are a few things that didn’t make me happy – mostly lack of returning casts and the erasure of two entire freaking films – there was more to make me thrilled that they’re already announced a sequel (Pratt and Simpkins have already confirmed they’re on board –let’s hope the rest of the amazing cast follows). So again, I say GO SEE IT. If you love Jurassic Park – and you know you do, cause DUH dinosaurs rule – stop reading this right now, get in the car and drive to your nearest theater. And upgrade to 3D. Jurassic World is worth the time and money.
UPDATE: Jurassic World comes out on bluray and DVD 10/20/15! Order your copy today and see for yourself how awesome this movie is. Personally, I suggest the 3D combo - its well worth the $24.99 Amazon's selling it for.