Jurassic World quick movie review
It’s the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, so I don’t have a ton to say, so let’s do this Quick Movie Review style. Jurassic World certainly isn’t the worst flick in the franchise, nor is it the best… for me, it simply exists.
I have to get over the fact that the Jurassic World people weren’t smart enough to NOT BREED PREDATORS. I know they spend a lot of time saying that people in this movieverse aren’t excited by mere dinosaurs any more… but I don’t buy that for a second. People still go to zoos, so why wouldn’t they go to Jurassic World, the only place on earth where you can see a dinosaur?
Hence, there’s a lot of stuff in this movie that doesn’t make a lick of sense to me:
- One… date? That’s the best backstory you could come up with for Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt? Maybe the idea was to make the audience think they might not get together in the end…
- “Your boyfriend’s a badass.” MEH. Yeah, Chris Pratt is a badass in this movie (I guess), but I’d like him to do some more badass stuff, like saving the thousands of people roaming around from dinosaurs at the attractions. For a movie about a theme park, they don’t use the theme park angle very well.
- Also, Chris Pratt was in the navy… so he’s good at training animals?
- The death of Bryce Dallas Howard’s assistant may be the most unnecessary death scene ever. Like… why? I don’t get it. It’s not like she was an evil character who had it coming – the kids ran away from her!
- I guess you need a team of 10 people to get divorced? Are they the Trumps or something?
- It was high heels or nothing for Bryce Dallas Howard – if I was wearing dress shoes and I had to run, I would have kicked ’em off and gone barefoot rather than slip and get eaten by a fucking dinosaur!
- The kids parents are divorcing so the audience feels unearned sympathy for them… OK, I at least understand why that’s in the movie.
And then there’s what’s not in the movie It’s mostly the fact that the park is open but there’s not much to see. Again, I really wanted to get up close and personal with the crowds and see the attractions, but the ones we do see are fleeting and hardly anything interesting happens. I wanted to see some cool saves by Chris Pratt, but it just doesn’t happen. There’s also no likable characters that die, like Samuel L. Jackson or the “Clever girl” guy from the first one, so I didn’t feel any sense of urgency. Oh, I guess that one guy… but I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to like or hate that guy, so I wouldn’t file that under effective storytelling..
Admittingly, I’m not the world’s biggest Jurassic Park fan, so they would have had to do something better than what they did to win me over – and they didn’t. I’m giving Jurassic World a 6.5 out of 10. It’s passable entertainment and is generally well structured, but I can’t recommend it to anyone who’s not already pumped to see this movie.