Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jurassic World: A great reminiscent of the Jurassic Park

Twenty-two years ago, Steven Spielberg broke new ground in the Sci-fi genre with the release of Jurassic Park. Not only was the film a visual-effects game-changer but its likable characters, thrilling and suspenseful action sequences, and that Spielberg-ian sense of adventure made it a timeless classic.

The rookie director, Colin Trevorrow, has been entrusted with the immensely difficult job of breathing new life into the hit franchise again, after a long gap of 22 years. As someone who pretty much grew up watching Jurassic Park, I have been, like many others, waiting for this sequel since ages. Needless to say, the mediocre Lost World and the dreadful Jurassic Park III were not satisfactory in my opinion.

So after much anticipation, Jurassic World is finally here, does it live up to its overblown hype?

It most definitely does.

Jurassic World ignores the two sequels that came after Jurassic Park and picks up after the events of the first film. John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) vision of a fully functioning dinosaur theme park has finally come into fruition.

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However, when visitor-rates start declining, the park administration decides to add a new attraction – the Indominus Rex, a vicious and highly intelligent dinosaur possible made through years of genetic engineering. Nevertheless, all hell breaks loose when the dinosaur breaks out of captivity to wreak havoc on the fully-populated park.

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Jurassic World is a worthy sequel to its iconic predecessor, one that manages to stay reminiscent to the first one while standing on its own. The premise is undoubtedly intriguing and Director Trevorrow – who only has the small-budgeted indie hit, Safety Not Guaranteed to his name before this film – does an impressive job of delivering some of the film’s most exciting set-pieces, most of which left me at the edge of my seat.

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The script is kind of hit and miss really. I think it does a good job in creating strong, interesting characters and finding that perfect combination of comedy and terror. On the other hand, it feels quite heavy-handed at many points and somewhat loses that keen sense of adventure we came to love in the original film, through its various sub-plots.

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Since the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt has become one of the hottest stars in Hollywood and here he is great as dinosaur expert and military man, Owen Grady. Pratt has both the charismatic charm and the on-screen physicality to make for a worthy protagonist; his character seems to have elements from all three of the first film leads; which includes the wit of Sam Neill, the charisma of Jeff Goldblum and the humbleness of Laura Dern.

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Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Beth, starts off as a typical corporate executive concerned only with profits, but gradually through the course of the movie, she moulds herself into the mantel of a fierce heroine. She is also very good. Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson round-up the supporting cast. D’Onofrio puts up a good performance but his motivations as the antagonist were not completely clear to me.

The rest of the cast are not too bad either.

Photo: Jurassic Park official facebook page

Jurassic World also does a splendid job of staying reminiscent to the original, as I mentioned before. The throwbacks are cute and never overstay their welcome. As soon as the iconic John Williams theme played I felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me.

Jurassic Park for the most part is an exciting, entertaining and immensely thrilling ride, that’s good popcorn entertainment and a great way to retreat from the hot summer sun. I know it’s impossible to fulfil everyone’s expectations but if Jurassic World doesn’t fulfil yours, you’re expecting too much.

I would rate it a 9.4/10.

This post originally appeared here.

from The Express Tribune Blog

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