If Steven Spielberg’s 1992 blockbuster ‘Jurassic Park’ had taught audience members one thing, it was the simple fact that nature is a force so untamable that it must never be tampered with. This resonated within the films themes of science over natural evolution, and corporate greed over moral code. 22 years have passed since this theme was first showcased, yet for the characters within ‘Jurassic World’ this statement was never deemed worthy of acknowledgement.
Desperate to create spectacle over safety, the corporate heads have ignored the warnings, and continued to tamper with nature – thus crafting monsters from gene science in hopes of producing a theme park unlike any others. With a bigger is better mentality, this new park asserts itself as something special to the thousands of people it attracts daily – however disaster is never far away, and when the latest creation escapes its confines, the safety of its visitors becomes a rollicking ride of blockbuster-style action sequence and set pieces.
Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the operational manager for ‘Jurassic World’, a fully functioning dinosaur theme park located on Isla Nublar. Realising the vision of Ingen founder John Hammond (previously portrayed by the late Richard Attenborough) the park houses multiple genetically engineered dinosaurs that bring a large attendance and hefty profit sums. Interactive and intense, the park wows visitors daily with what it has to offer. Like everything, the spectacle begins to become dull with audiences, thus resulting in focus groups and corporate heads decided what can enhance the parks appeal. With the decision being made of having exciting new additions added which would be able to create peaks in the parks figures.
Utilising gene splicing, under the guidance of Dr Henry Wu (B.D Wong), their latest attraction promises to be larger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and more deadly and exciting. When this new creature escapes its inclosure however, havoc is instantly caused with thousands of theme park visitors at risk to the new creatures ferocious tendency. Desperate to fix the issue, as well as to save her visiting nephews, Claire recruits ex navy member Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) in helping her plan and undertake the best possible outcome and bring her family members to safety. Owen, is renowned for the training he has implemented into the parks velociraptor’s, garnering acclaim from head of security operations, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), a military-minded man who is determined to make a working combat unit out of the creatures themselves.
A worthwhile sequel within the Dino-mite franchise; ‘Jurassic World’ is simpler than the previous two installments and as such eclipses the quality that the other films portrayed. More closer to the original film in terms of cinematic achievement, Colin Trevorrow rubber stamps his vision throughout the entire duration. This is further shown with no mention given to the previous sequels – canon but unneeded in the context of what ‘Jurassic World’ delivers. By paying homage to both Spielberg’s original, and Michael Crichton’s text, Trevorrow manages to incorporate multiple themes that are outlined in context to todays society. Embracing the characteristics of ‘Jurassic Park’ , this sequel works best in creating continuity within the cinematic universe, while also exploring family ties and materialistic greed. To ground the film in reality the filmmakers have decided to include a side story involving two characters having a divorce. This seems very much unneeded in the setting it is delivered, with no pay off come the films close and as such the film wastes time in exploring something of this ilk.
Unsurprisingly, Chris Pratt delivers on-screen throughout his substantial story arc. Controlling every scene in which he features with an iron grip, his Owen feels very similar to his other character portrayals. The one time ‘StarLord’ feels very much a kin to his past personas – a factor that is both a compliment to the actor and a hindrance to non fans, as Pratt showcases enough talent and charisma that similarity should be never be found between his work. Confident but not cocky, his Owen is the chief cause of much of the films excitement, advancing the plot and showcasing the human element of the majority of set pieces. He is however overshadowed within the film by the emergence of Dallas Howard, who herself has crafted easily the most interesting character within the films plot-line. With the films biggest development given to her character, Dallas Howard explores the different sides of her portrayal, from work focused woman to family driven action heroine.
Where the first film explored the human side of the disaster, ‘Jurassic World’ attempts to find the balance between its creatures causing chaos and human antagonists hell-bent on greed and profit. This balance causes the focus of the film to feel convoluted in places, a feeling that during the larger moments comes across messy on-screen and results in lack of enthralment to the exploits shown.
‘Jurassic World’, like the original, has moments of true cinematic glory – with various set pieces that can easily be described as massive in scale. Blending animatronics with CGI, the film manages to convey the creatures in a realistic and believable manner. The film is well paced, resulting in a more action based disaster movie. Through utilising the screenplay and editing effectively, the films narrative is delivered well with the obvious foundations placed be to enhanced upon within future installments, with the director already hinting at studio plans to establish this film as the first in a new trilogy.
Jurassic world has brilliantly paced set pieces but at times seems to lose the human focus of the previous three films, with the dinosaurs taking a larger screen presence. The ending is cliché and convenient, yet effective in closing the stories multiple strands, while the embedded love story never seems to be given enough screen time to really personify with audience members and therefore seems to be forcibly placed within the film.
‘Jurassic World’ much like the original film, manages to convey the imagination and greed of human beings. Much like the title resorts larger scale attractions, Trevorrow has raised the scope on what the previous films utilised in their set pieces. Larger and more fierce, these sequences are captivating and exciting to watch, but in places do seem rather convenient in fixing elements of the story. The antagonists are never as well presented on-screen as the films two leads, who do brilliantly in attributing a different character style to the franchises previous entrants. This freshness resonant’s throughout the picture, resulting in perhaps the best entry within the series thus far.
Plot/ Storyline – 3
Acting – 4
Direction – 3
Special Effects – 4
Retrospect – 4
Overall – B