For those living under a rock, Jurassic World debuted this past weekend and it was fantastic!
At first I was skeptical. The first Jurassic Park is iconic and the idea of a reboot felt insulting – Hollywood is just looking for a quick paycheck not developing the mythos of the parks.
But screenwriting team Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly did an impressive job of weaving the original story with new characters and realistic set-ups.
The story takes place 20 years after the first movie where Jurassic World is a thriving destation park. There, attendees can see the dinosaurs of yesteryear in person. It’s like a zoo only with creatures large enough to consider humans a meal (but isn’t that part of the attraction?).
However, as main character Claire explains, Jurassic World needs a new dinosaur to keep up revenue – so they make one.
In a heart-pounding scene, the genetic designed Dino escapes her pen and shows the park attendees the continuous theme to the Jurassic Park movies: don’t play God; don’t abuse science; remember your humanity in the face of profit.
The film could be seen as a critique of capitalism or a worrying sign of the danger of unregulated science but Jurassic Park has always been about dinosaurs eating people.
With the tagline of “We need more teeth,” Jurassic World nailed it. People were eaten(!) and while the film’s plot is predictable, I went for the dinosaurs not to learn about myself.
That’s not to say the acting was bad – Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have good chemistry and Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson fall into the brother roles seamlessly – but the dinos were the true stars and they shined bright.
The script did have some weak points and there wasn’t any really quotable lines (for shame!) but I left the theater satisfied.
A 8/10 would see again film.