After twenty-two years in extinction (barring two forgettable sequels), we are back at the park. Jurassic World has a swagger to it; bigger and louder than its twenty-two year old prequel in more ways than one. But what Jurassic World gains in size and boldness, it lacks in soul and poignancy. The result is an entertaining summer blockbuster, but one lacking a distinctive bite.
Isla Nebular is now officially open for business with a vast array of attractions from dinosaur petting zoos to viewing walkways disguised as a fallen tree in the heart of T-Rex enclosure.
But your standard dinosaur is not enough anymore, as the latest attraction set to be unleashed on the park is that of a hybrid dinosaur genetically designed in the lab.
When the hybrid escapes its enclosure, havoc ensues and operations manager, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), must go in search of her two missing nephews who have gone AWOL somewhere in the park. She seeks the help of dino-trainer Owen (Chris Pratt), who is at war with his wicked security chief over the weaponising of his well-trained velociraptors.
Just like the park’s attempts to create a bigger, louder attraction, you feel that this is exactly what the makers of Jurassic World are trying to do with the movie. The decade Jurassic World spent in the works bouncing from writer to writer really does show. There are numerous plot holes in the script leaving the storyline predictable, unoriginal and without ever emotionally engaging the audience with its characters.
The movie will no doubt roar at the top of the box office and is without doubt a thrilling watch in its defence. There is enough enthralling action and intriguing shots of the CGI and animatronic created dinosaurs (even though they had something a little more genuine in Jurassic Park).
And comparing to the original is something us as the audience will inevitably do. Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park gave us an epic adventure with a believable cast and script, whereas Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World certainly offers a huge and entertaining spectacle, but is seriously lacking beyond that. A fun watch, but not a scratch on its predecessor.