“The best Jurassic Park film since the original”
Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Jurassic World on its Australian cinematic release day. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Two decades after the events which took place in Jurassic Park, John Hammond’s dream finally becomes a reality, when Isla Nublar becomes a fully operational dinosaur theme park. However, human greed once again jeopardises everything; after years of poor functioning and declining visitor rates, the corporation behind the park orders its administration to create new attractions in order to increase an influx of visitors and profits.
However, not all goes according to plan. The scientific team behind the miracle that is Jurassic World decides to genetically create a new race of dinosaur – bigger, smarter and deadlier, which they name The Indominus Rex, without considering the terrible consequences of playing God (again).
Back in 1993, the world of cinema was changed thanks, once again, to the visionary director Steven Spielberg, who transferred many childhood dreams into reality on the big screen by creating the most realistic dinosaurs ever seen. Combining animatronics (mostly) and a back story full of heart earned Jurassic Park the title of instant classic, earning the franchise two sequels. Sadly, these diminished in terms of their impact, and Spielberg stepped out of the directorial role for Jurassic Park III, allowing Joe Johnston to take over the franchise without much luck.
Now, the beloved franchise returns with director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed ) having the responsibility of charming audiences again, a huge gamble on the part of Universal Pictures, as Trevorrow seemed to lack the necessary experience to be at the helm of a big blockbuster. However, within the film’s opening seconds, all concerns were dismissed. Jurassic World is a superb return to the franchise, with a clever and simple storyline totally loyal to the original film, impressive in its visual effects and boasting a great cast, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio.
The film is a non-stop visual spectacle, with three interlinked subplots. We follow the adventures of two brothers lost inside the park, while their Aunt Claire (Dallas Howard), who, in charge of the park, enlists the help of Velociraptor trainer Owen (Pratt) in an effort to save them. Meanwhile, D’Onofrio’s character sees the threat at the park as a huge opportunity to use the dinosaurs as ultimate weapons of war.
All of the lead actors simply shine in their roles, especially Chris Pratt who shows a more bad-ass side reserving his comedic chops for some specific, clever moments that are simply hilarious. Dallas Howard remind us a bit of Laura Dern’s Dr. Ellie Sattler, as she grows stronger during the film, even to the point of making tough decisions to save those close to her.
The cast is flawless. The real stars once again, however, are the dinosaurs, which are a presence, even while off-screen; the tension builds every minute for the sole fact that we know that there is a new genetically modified predator out there.
In addition, the film plays tribute to Jurassic Park with a bunch of hints that fans of the saga will absolutely dig, including the return of BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu and some hints at the old visitor center, just to name a couple. Moreover, the soundtrack by the always-great Michael Giacchino preserves the essence of what John Williams created for the original saga, while adding some extra touches for key scenes.
Overall, Jurassic World is everything fans of the saga expected; it’s a triumphant return to Isla Nublar, which, despite some underdeveloped characters, manages to make audiences believe, once again, that dinosaurs can walk the Earth once again.
Jurassic World is the best Jurassic Park film since the original and a must watch in cinemas!
Jurassic World is now showing in Australia.