John Hammond’s dream may finally have come true in Jurassic World, but it’s the only thing separating it from the other three films in the Jurassic Park franchise. It was the typical run of the mill Jurassic plot – dinosaur escapes, run away, hunt it down – that closely echoed the events of the first two films, Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. InGen and the director getting their just desserts in the jaws of a dinosaur was pretty typical too.
The only thing Jurassic World had going for it was the performance by leads Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. The pair really carried the narrative as operations manager Claire Dearing and Owen Grady, former Navy man and velociraptor ‘alpha’. I didn’t much like Claire at the start, thinking she was going to be just another damsel in distress, but she really came into her own in her quest to save her nephews, and her adversarial-to-romantic relationship with Owen provided a few laughs along the way.
Claire leading the T-Rex out with the flare so it could fight the I-Rex, torn skirt, high-heels and all (which I thought was pretty kickass) turns out is just an echo from scenes in Jurassic Park with Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum distracting a T-Rex. So, once again, originality in this film was severely lacking.
Don’t even get me started on the pteranodons wreaking havoc…
The velociraptors are my favourite dinosaurs (along with the compsognathus) and it was great to see them have yet another central part in Jurassic World as siblings Charlie, Echo, Delta and Blue. They could have really come into their own in this film, but sadly in the end they were just Grady’s pets.
I was really looking forward to Jurassic World, but it didn’t live up to expectation. If you’re expecting an original plot with just as much teeth, blood, and running as the other films then you’re sadly disappointed.
There was nothing new with this film, apart from a dinosaur solely cooked up in a test tube, dog-like trained velociraptors and an up and running theme park.
If you’re looking for a great film, try the other three Jurassic Park films.
5 out of 10.