johnlink ranks JURASSIC WORLD (2015)

I’ve been working on a production of Chekov’s The Seagull up here in Maine where the entire cast and crew decided to put together a screening of Jurassic World. It was a fun way to watch this summer popcorn flick, and a good time was had by all.


I watched JURASSIC WORLD (2015) on 7.11.15. It was my first viewing of the film.

In some ways, the script for JURASSIC WORLD, penned by no less than four people, is smart. It takes some of the best elements of the earlier films and taps into that cache of memories. Much of the first JURASSIC PARK shows up here, including the old Jeeps, the old logos, and the old rooms. The dinosaurs are meaner and the action sequences are the stuff of great summer blockbusters.

In other ways, the script feels sadly lame. Our lead female (Bryce Dallas Howard) is a two dimensional career woman who – literally – runs around the park being chased by dinosaurs in ridiculous high heels while showing more and more skin as the action heats up. The lead dinosaur – a hybrid T-Rex and Raptor in a plot point which is painfully obvious despite the ‘secret’ formula – feels like an invented thing in no way related to the ‘reality’ of the first JP. The sibling formula is ably attempted by brothers Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson respectively), but it never feels like anything but derivative of the sibling relationship of the first film. The movie even give us a one-dimensional villain, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Hoskins, who is provided as someone for whom we can route to be eaten by dinosaurs.

But this is a summer action flick, and for that it is good fun. The first movie is filled with awesome lines that we all know and love. “Hold on to your butts.” “Clever girl.” “Welcome to Jurassic Park!” The list is long. JURASSIC WORLD has exactly zero memorable lines of dialogue despite starring leading man of the decade Chris Pratt (who is good in this even if his character is basically Chris Pratt).

But, again, I’m devolving into the negative. And there is a good deal of positive in this fun movie. The action sequences really are jump-worthy. The characters aren’t too annoying. The violence gets increasingly less tame. The raptors as military outfit are more cool than goofy. The leads are likable.

The plot involves Jurassic Park having been turned into Jurassic World. This is now a place which is a tourist attraction where the kids are in turns awed and annoyed by the dinosaur exhibits. The aforementioned brothers wander around before getting in danger from which they must be saved by their aunt (Howard) and the guy she once dated (Pratt). In this film, the annoying lawyer is replaced by an annoying assistant. The scientist (BD Wong – the only remaining guy from the original) is now a mad scientist. But, again, the action is pretty damn spectacular.

Sure, the special effects looked better more than two decades ago when the original was made. But, hey, you can’t expect a modern movie to spend the extra $40 million (give or take) that it would cost to make a good looking bunch of dinos.

Crap. I’ve devolved into the negative again. I promise though – this is a fun experience! Just don’t think too much.




FINAL SCORE: 5.75 out of 10

~ by johnlink00 on July 14, 2015.

2 Responses to “johnlink ranks JURASSIC WORLD (2015)”

  1. Meh….

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