Spielberg’s dinosaurs enter a new era – ‘Jurassic World’ revew

****/*****

Devin King | Staff Reporter
Published June 12, 2015; 8 a.m.

What can be said about “Jurassic Park” that has not already been said? It was an adventure film that brought CGI into the mainstream and used elements of horror and wonder to create an epic-modern dinosaur story. The 1993 film went on to become the highest grossing movie at the time, but was rewarded with two mediocre sequels.

Now 22 years later, Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” is the blockbuster sequel that the original classic deserved.

In “Jurassic World,” billionaire Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) opens the titular park many years after the disastrous events of the original film. At first, things run very smoothly. But when a genetically modified dinosaur, dubbed the Indominous Rex, breaks loose, things begin to fall apart once more.

“Jurassic World” makes full note of its origins, with tons of references to the original. Trevorrow also crafts a fairly original story that feels completely self-contained, but also plays off of these nostalgic references to its advantage. Any fan of “Jurassic Park” will feel right at home in the new movie.

The story itself, though unrealistic, feels plausible, which is how the original movie felt. The horror and wonder aspects of “Jurassic World” are very modern, but work very well. The plot is successful enough that it makes scenes like Velociraptors running alongside a motorcycle work.

One of the best aspects about the movie is how it distinguishes itself from other blockbusters by poking fun at common movie tropes. It is a shame that there are some common tropes in the movie as well.

The characters of the film aren’t too under or overdeveloped, and the performances fit the bill in every case. Bryce Dallas Howard as busybody Claire and, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson as her visiting nephews Gray and Zach are all great, but Chris Pratt flawlessly steals the show as the Indiana Jones-esque Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady.

As part of the franchise that made CGI a standard practice in cinema, the CGI is done pretty well in most scenes. However, the 3D version of the film does not add anything aesthetically noteworthy.

Michael Giacchino composed the score this time around instead of Spielberg’s go to guy John Williams, and even though the music isn’t as grand as Williams’s score for “Jurassic Park” it is still one of the better scores of the year and fits in with every scene perfectly.

“Jurassic World” is no “Jurassic Park” in terms of groundbreaking achievements, but there is enough compelling things in this new adventure that make it a worthy successor.

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