Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park released in 1993 is one of those defining films. A film that not only set a standard in life like animatronics and special effects but also absolutely terrifying and awe inspiring, Jurassic Park took a fascination for dinosaurs and sent it into overdrive. After not being able to repeat the absolutely brilliant balance that the first film possessed, Jurassic World became a shining light at the end of a 14 year tunnel since the third instalment. No Sam Neill, no Jeff Goldblum, no Steven Spielberg, no worries.
22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar not features a fully functioning theme park that has run solidly for 10 years. To attempt to excite visitors and raise satisfaction rates, Jurassic World scientists create the newest attraction for the park: Indominus Rex. When the proverbial hits the fan, the parks visitors are suddenly running for their lives. Owen Grady (Chriss Pratt) has to do anything he can to end the chaos while impeded by a group that has ulterior motives. Essentially, Johnny Karate dons his best Navy man/Dinosaur hunting disguise to bring down a man made killer.
Technically the film is absolutely stunning. From the visually invigorating dinosaurs to an orchestral score that hits the spot, Jurassic World is a spectacle piece that has to be seen in theatres to truly be appreciated. The expansive island shots of pristine forestry are stunning, and as a lot of the film is made during the day, these landscapes really shine. A consequence of much of the film being set during the day is the lack of scare factor that Jurassic Park had and you get the sense this is a much more family friendly film.
To look at some of the points that ultimately disappoint is also moving away from what this film is really about. Yeah, the plot is pretty underwhelming and no, there isn’t a whole lot of character development. But does there need to be? If you want to see brilliant looking prehistoric beasts tearing up the screen then who cares about anything else. There is however a lack of edge, danger even, to what is a beautiful looking film. Jurassic Park was terrifying, nightmare inducing stuff that leaves its mark to this day. Jurassic World doesn’t have that. Indominus Rex is a scary beast, but doesn’t come close to the pure terror of the first T-Rex or sneaky Velociraptors.
Jurassic World is a pure summer blockbuster. It is an utterly gorgeous film to look at, visually immersive and invigorating, and it has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. With a smile drawn across your entire face you get to watch on in wonderment with a weird amount of emotional connection to what are completely computer generated beings. It’s hard to think that you would ever feel anything for a big ol’ Diplodocus, but lordy lordy it just happened. Jurassic World is a unashamedly brilliant time that just lacks the danger of the original.
No Sam Neill, no Jeff Goldblum, no Steven Spielberg, no worries.