"Jurassic Park" was a groundbreaking film upon its release in 1993. Special effects like that had never been done before. The brilliant Steven Spielberg used computer-generated images and animatronics to create the incredibly realistic dinosaurs seen in the film. It was a huge success, breaking box office records and winning many awards, deservedly so. It spawned two sequels: "The Lost World," which I did not care for, and "Jurassic Park 3," which I actually thought was pretty good and underrated.
22 years after the release of the original, the franchise has been rebooted/revived with "Jurassic World." In this new film, the island of Isla Nublar is home to the theme park that shares its name with the film's title. The park is a huge success, allowing people to see shows with dinosaurs and ride through the fields where the dinosaurs roam. To attract more patrons and to continue the success of the park, a new species of dinosaur called the Indominous Rex has been created in the lab. It is a cross between a Tyrannosaurus Rex, velociraptor, and other dinosaurs. We know this can't be good.
Some of the film's main characters include Operations Manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), her nephews Zach and Gray (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins), and the owner of Jurassic World, Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan). The film's real star, however, is Chris Pratt, playing dinosaur trainer Owen Grady. Pratt is everywhere these days, and for good reason. He was hilarious on "Parks and Recreation," and last year's "Guardians of the Galaxy" was the film of the summer, and he played a huge part in that film's success. His character is one of the best things about this film, although I cannot say that this is one of Pratt's best performances. Sure, he's good, but he is a bit expressionless at times, and also a bit stiff; however, this is due to cheesy writing and perhaps an inexperienced director (Colin Trevorrow only has one full-length feature film under his belt besides this one). Chris Pratt is truly the man. You can just tell how likable he is in real life. He is becoming one of my favorite celebrities.
The special effects in "Jurassic World" are incredible, so life-like and creepy, comparable to the brilliant effects of the original film. Any time there was a close-up of the dinosaurs, I was blown away by the details on their faces and bodies. The action sequences are intense and thrilling, keeping you on the edge of your seat until it ends.
I do have some minor grievances with the film. The beginning is awfully slow. In fact, I found myself beginning to drift off before the action really got started. I also felt that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, two very talented performers, really had no chemistry throughout the film. I didn't really sense any attraction between them. And the dialogue? Oh boy, how about some wine with that cheese? This is not really a very well-written script, but there have been far worse.
Despite these complaints, "Jurassic World" overall is a good, but not great, film that is certainly worth seeing in the theaters. The effects are stunning, worthy of many technical awards. It is a fun ride that does bring back solid memories of the original film, even if it comes nowhere close to its level of quality.