I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Jurassic World (2015) Review

Twenty two years after the disaster of Jurassic Park, we see that John Hammond’s dream came true and a theme park named Jurassic World is up and running with over 20,000 people on site. But when the scientists go an extra step and create a new dinosaur it’s only a matter of time before it goes terribly wrong.

The film begins with Zach and Gray leaving for the airport and their parents behind. We quickly see that they are heading to Jurassic World, to spend a week and meet up with their Auntie Claire who works (and has a pretty important job) at the park. That build up to seeing the park for the first time is pretty good as you really are excited to see what they come up with.

Another thing it builds tension for you to see is that new dinosaur that they have created. Got to be a little worrying when the scientists won’t even tell you how many different dinosaur DNA they actually used to create it. The name is rather amusing in all honesty which helped create a few jokes in the film, Indominus Rex.

The theme park has been open for years and they are constantly searching for the next star attraction to keep the guest numbers and interest high. The park combines rides and the dinosaur attractions in a very good way, combing a safari with normal rides you would see at different theme parks. The experience of Sea World was something I thought about at times. I think this helps people relate as a lot of people have now been to all different theme parks.

We see Owen becoming close to the velociraptors and managing to form a bond with them. Something that will be tested many times throughout the film, but a very interesting concept and wondering if something like that could work. Especially after what we have seen of them in the past.

Something I really loved about the film was how much at times it linked back to Jurassic Park and different things that we see from that. Yes I know simple things, but the excitement I had for seeing this film I actually felt like a kid again. We do get quite a few little things to make us smile, won’t spoil exactly what it is though you will have to go and watch it to find out.

Character development wasn’t fantastic in this film though, we didn’t really get a massive amount to work with and care about as the film went on. We just kinda knew the characters, but it didn’t take it to the next level. I also thought the whole thing about Claire and running in her heels was poor. Thinking back to Laura Dern as Ellie Sattler and how much she would get involved, I thought Claire as a character was a massive backwards step for female characters in this type of film. That might sound very picky but come on why needing to make a big deal about her shoes?

I think having some of the original themes in was essential to give it that really exciting feel and that is something I cannot complain about. The scenes with the dinosaurs are fantastic and we do see a lot more of the different species which was very pleasing. It’s crazy how exciting that side of a film like this can be, the final scene was pretty epic too. Also don’t worry they still feature some pretty crazy deaths as well! Really wish I could mention one in particular but would be such a big spoil, it was very brutal!

While the film does have its problem, it manages to do something a film like this should do, entertain you. Keeping you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what is going to happen next. Somethings might be predictable but some of the dinosaurs are not at all. What next for the Jurassic franchise?


16 responses

  1. I can’t believe some people’s criticism about this movie, ”it’s boring”, ”it has poorly developed characters”, how can one not be entertained by Jurassic World? Great review btw.

    June 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

    • Caz

      It does have poor characters though 😉 but still very entertaining. I think it’s just because how good Jurassic Park is all round!

      June 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

      • The leads were very good characters, I didnt like the douchebag teenager and they gave a little too much attention to the Indian guy but apart from that they were pretty solid imo

        June 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        • Caz

          Oh really interesting you found it like that. I found them one dimensional. I think the brothers could have been handled better as well.

          June 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm

  2. smilingldsgirl

    I had a lot of issues with the whole premise and thought the Claire character was a cliche. But I still thought it was entertaining and something you could take the whole family too. Chris Pratt was good.

    June 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

    • Caz

      Yeah it still managed to be entertaining with many problems

      June 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  3. Great review Caz. I might be seeing this today or tomorrow. I know it won’t be as good as the first one but I just want to see dinosaurs on the big screen!

    June 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy it too, yeah nothing will come close to the first one, but this does certainly bring a lot of the magic back 🙂

      June 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  4. I thought the movie was too generic (save for a few elements: Indominus was a amazing every time she showed up, and the raptor squad was also cool) until it finally gets rolling with dinosaur attacks. Once they started, I was completely invested

    June 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    • Caz

      I think it does have its problems but manages to entertain at the same time!

      June 14, 2015 at 8:06 am

      • agreed, hence why I think it’s worth the trip to the theater

        June 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

        • Caz

          Oh yeah totally, some of the scenes must be seen on the big screen!

          June 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

  5. “I think having some of the original themes in was essential to give it that really exciting feel and that is something I cannot complain about.” While I appreciated the nostalgia, some of the scenes were almost carbon copies of the original. It felt like a knockoff to me instead of something genuine. Entertaining? Yes. Good? Not really. I wish I liked this one more 😦 Great review though, and really well-written!!

    June 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

    • Caz

      Thanks! Oh I can understand your point with that, but I guess unfortunately those parts with links to the first film were the parts that really excited me (showing the new one lacked a lot) but it was still very entertaining like you said 🙂

      June 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

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