Do you remember the excitement when Jurassic Park came out in 1993? Every film review raved on about the authenticity of the Dinosaurs and originality of the film. Walking among the Dinosaurs seemed like a reality as they roamed that tiny little island with out having to look like puppets or in 'stop motion' , as was perfected by the masterful Ray Harryhausen in previous Hollywood classics or beloved B grade movies such as The Land That Time Forgot. That same excitement has returned with the release of the Jurassic World movie I can happily report.
The story line of Jurassic World is fairly simple and connects well with the first one. 22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed in the first film, the new park is open for business in Jurassic World. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. It is meaner, uglier and more dangerous than what you would come to expect. But when everything goes horribly wrong, will mankind be forever on the menu?
Chris Pratt star of Guardians of the Galaxy , Zero Dark Thirty and The Five-Year Engagement is fast becoming a star in his own right. With Guardians he was launched outright, Jurassic World will cement him commercially as a leading man. His understated performance is what appeals to people and thus the average member of the audience feels as if they connect in some way. This feeling of connecting with an understated Hero (think Indiana Jones for the future even) is present in his role as 'Owen' - a member of Jurassic World's on-site staff who conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. With his intimate knowledge of various animals habits, only he can ultimately save the day as weaponry technology begins to fail.
He is ably supported by Bryce Dallas Howard daughter of famous director and child star Ron Howard. Bryce has starred in 'The Help' movie, The Twilight Saga films and Terminator Salvation to name a few. Her character 'Claire' plays the role of park public relations manager - determined to increase the numbers of visitors to the park. She also is a 'claytons' aunt to two nephews who are visiting the park played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. When things go bad 'Claire' has an awakening and decides the park must come second and her nephews lives must come first. In the process a bond is formed between the three. Bryce Dallas Howard shines in her comic timing in some fairly dark moments and brings relief to the audience.
The action is thick and fast in Jurassic World and you will be on the edge of your seat for 95% of the film with thanks to director Colin Trevorrow. John Williams film score will uplift you and make you feel like your revisiting an old film friend. If you have two hours to spare, go see this film.