Sound Off: Colin Trevorrow's 'Jurassic World' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 12, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The park is open. It's finally time to return to Isla Nublar and meet the dinosaurs all over again. Playing in theaters everywhere is Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, the highly-anticipated sequel continuing the Jurassic Park series. This time, the park has opened, it's filled with thousands of visitors, safety procedures are in place. What could go wrong? It's the new dino that wreaks havoc this time. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Jake Johnson. So how is it? Better than the original or no way? Worth watching? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jurassic World.
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To fuel the fire, and get this discussion going, Jurassic World is definitely better than the other two sequels (Jurassic Park 2 and 3) but nowhere near the original. Not much is that good, but it's obvious they tried to model this new movie closer to that first one. Despite incredibly high expectations, I still had fun, I still thoroughly enjoyed the movie but it's not perfect and has a some minor setbacks. The setup with the raptors and the bigger themes of "this is what happens when you try to go bigger/better for the sake of more money" and "don't fuck with mother nature" are the best aspects, while some of the goofy humor and abundance of overwritten characters are minor detractions. If you came for the dinos, they still kick ass and win the day.
Perhaps one problem is that we're all going in to scrutinize this movie and tear it apart, when we should be going in to be entertained. Too often we have unjustifiable expectations for what we want and how a movie should be, and forget that we're actually there to experience the adventure that someone else envisioned. With Jurassic World, there's a impressive balance between the fun of it all, and the scientific/political angle that's supposed to make you think. Yes, it has characters who get their due when they think they can control nature, but it also has characters we can admire. And it's another great reminder that bigger does not always mean better. I still recommend this movie to all JP fans, it will satisfy them. Now I want a pet raptor, too.
So what did YOU think of Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World? Exhilarating or utter disaster?
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