I remember seeing “Jurassic Park” in a movie theater, feels like more than 20 years ago. As a kid who loved and still loves dinosaurs, it was the perfect movie. It was scary, even as a kid, but it didn’t go to far. I still watch the trilogy every few years. I knew there was a fourth movie in the works for a while, I had hopped they wouldn’t mess it up.
“Jurassic Park” was a positive childhood experience and the feelings that movie inspired within me made that movie something special. When the advertisements for Jurassic World started up, I started to feel better about the potential for this movie. I don’t think it’s fair to compare “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World.” While it’s probably unavoidable, Jurassic World can’t live up to the original. Heck no dinosaur movie could. That said, Jurassic World reminded me what it was like as a kid, seeing dinosaurs for the first time in a movie. Of course, I was also reminded that this wasn’t “Jurassic Park.” That kinda nagged at me, like there was a part of me that wanted to hate the movie.
I decided that I was going to allow the movie to be what it was and not try to force it to be what I wanted it to be. I think that worked. Two important things to say off the bat: I’m buying this movie either digital or blu-ray and I’d definitely like to see it again! I think I’d enjoy it more the second time.
If you have never seen a Jurassic movie, then you may enjoy it more than I did. In many ways, this IS my “Jurassic Park,” if I was a 12 year-old boy present day. In that way, I feel like the movie delivers the same way that “Jurassic Park did.” It has the same spirit, without it feeling like it’s the same movie. Yes, there is some element of surprise that isn’t there for me, but I jumped at least once, maybe twice. Heck I even felt some emotional connections with some of the dinosaurs, that says something!
The musical score is similar to Jurassic Park, obviously with its own style. That really helped make “Jurassic World” feel like an old friend coming over to visit, except this friend wants to eat you! No worries, it’s not a real! Haha, I can’t imagine what this movie would be like in 3D. 😉 By the end of the movie, I felt good about the direction they took. I felt satisfied, this is certainly no crystal skull. Boy, I think Chris Pratt was awesome in this movie! And I found Bryce Dallas Howard’s character quite fun. Definitely a good cast all around.
It’s no surprise to me that this movie has been so successful and I think it deserves it, even if it’s probably best enjoyed with fresh eyes. Still, I think die-hard fans like me have nothing really to complain about with “Jurassic World.” It’s the best that it could be. I mean, it could never live up to Jurassic Park for us. However, I could tell for the newbies that this movie probably is their “Jurassic Park,” and that made me smile. I’d honestly give it 4.3 out of 5 stars at this point. Just forget about the original movie and give yourself permission to like this one.
Bottom line, “Jurassic World” does a lot of things right. It’s exciting and tense, and doesn’t feel boring at all. It didn’t feel like a sequel to me. More like the return of an old friend. The experience was not the same, but it reminded me why I like the older movies. In that, “Jurassic World” accomplished what it set out to do and it was quite an entertaining movie. Besides, dinosaurs are cool.
P.S. The main antagonist, really cool! 🙂