Wednesday, June 10, 2015

'Jurassic World' is this Summer's Blockbuster

Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins star in Jurassic World.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins star in
Jurassic World. (Universal)

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios helped create the term “summer blockbuster” with the release of Jaws. This summer he is the executive producer of this summer's blockbuster, Jurassic World, also produced by Universal. The third sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise, is everything you want and hope for in a summer flick: non-stop action, comedy relief and a few scares too.


Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson
It's been fourteen years since we've last visited the Isla Nublar and much has changed. Despite the tragic events of the original Jurassic Park, the island now features a bigger and better dinosaur theme park as if nothing bad had ever happened. Sparing no expense, like the park's original owner, Jurassic World needs to create new attractions every two to three years to keep visitors interested in dinosaurs. You would think that the fascination would never die, but as one scene shows a dinosaur petting zoo, a teenager says, “this area is for little kids.” And so, in order to fulfill a corporate obligation, a new hybrid dinosaur has been created, but this being Jurassic World, something is bound to go wrong. Big time.


Chris Pratt in "Jurassic World"
The sequel has all the elements we liked from the first film – curious children, greedy and ego-driven adults, a few voices of reasons, a little romance and lots of scary monsters. Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) is the only character that reprises his role from the original film, (and even so, he is only in a few minutes of screen time), so we are introduced into a bunch of new characters. Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) are brothers sent to visit their aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who runs the park while their parents meet with lawyers to finalize their divorce. Gray is the younger, more sensitive sibling with a huge love for dinosaurs while Zach is the older teen “get-out-of-my-face” brother. As you can expect, Claire is too busy to actually spend time with the boys and pawns them off to her assistant Zara (Katie McGrath) instead. Meanwhile, Chris Pratt plays Owen who is a specialist(?), trainer(?)...some sort of dinosaur expert who understands the creatures better than anyone else in the park. Claire asks that Owen come meet with Masrani (Irrfan Khan) about his concerns with the new beast about to go on display. Do you really need me to say that the boys get separated from the adults, that the new dino escapes and that smug intellectual business people will soon be humbled? Didn't think so.

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