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Studio: Amblin Entertainment, China Film Co., Legendary Pictures
Running Time: 124 min

Verdict: 3 / 5

Have you seen the trailers for Jurassic World? Yes? Well, then you’ve seen the entire movie. Review over. We can all go home now.

Jurassic World Review - A Popcorn Movie With Dinosaurs

Seriously though, this trend of showing pretty much everything in trailers has got to stop. Knowing all of this information before seeing Jurassic World may be why I don’t like it, or because it’s just not a great movie.

The original movie is an amazing piece of cinema history. It contains fantastic characters, beautiful scenery with CGI and animatronics, comedy, and suspense. Hell, it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. The Lost World: Jurassic Park — in my mind — vastly surpassed it in the same way T2 did to the original Terminator, though I understand some may find that statement debatable.

Jurassic Park 3 doesn’t exist.

Jurassic World Review - A Popcorn Movie With Dinosaurs

Jurassic World, on the other hand, does, and I’m not really sure that it should. The movie is worlds apart from the original and I completely intended that pun. The story starts out with stating this new park is built upon the bones — again, pun intended — of the original one. That’s akin to building a second Titanic, but using the original’s hull. No? At any rate there are dinosaurs we’ve seen, dinosaurs we haven’t and a dinosaur that’s a genetic experiment. Yes, those damn trailers revealed the big bad so it’s no longer some big secret. Shit goes down and the mutation escapes and kills everything it can. Why? Because reasons and generic bad guys! The final thirty minutes or so sees the movie turn into “Michael Bay’s Jurassic Word”, so be prepared.

And Chris Pratt trains raptors because apparently we really needed that human-animal bonding in a dinosaur movie. Plot.

Much like the original, the dinosaurs are a mixture of CGI and animatronics. The real problem with this mixture is how CGI has evolved. For some reason, Hollywood is insistent on having CGI be clean and shiny and sparkly. You may be able to use these 65-million-year-old beasts in a Sunlight Liquid advert they’re so clean. To me, this gave the movie a very unrealistic look, which is not what you want in a “Jurassic” movie entry. The animatronics were great and some serious props have to be given to the velociraptors.

Jurassic World Review - A Popcorn Movie With Dinosaurs

There are some great homages to the original and you may want to watch it before going to see Jurassic World. Some of these include part of the original score, and some other goodies I really don’t want to spoil. And, no, Jeff Goldblum does not make any sort of appearance, which was disappointing. Having any of the originals back even as cameos would have made this movie that much better.

Speaking of characters, they’re pretty generic and cookie-cutter. Okay, it all fairness the kid/teenage actors are the main generics in the film. I guess the creators wanted to reproduce the ones from Jurassic Park? Anyways the lead actress (Bryce Dallas Howard) and actor (Chris Pratt) are pretty decent. Pratt is great as always, but his performance is hampered by some incredibly silly lines. In fact, most of the dialogue is pretty atrocious. A special mention must go out to Vincent D’Onofrio and Jake Johnson who also make memorable characters. Well, memorable for the duration of the film, which is an achievement for Jurassic World.

I watched the movies in 3D, which wasn’t the best of ideas. At times the action pops out at you – as 3D should – but I feel as though it doesn’t quite work here. The camera seems to struggle with fast action making everything a blurry mess.

Overall, I’d say watch Jurassic World in 2D and get some popcorn because that’s all it really is: a popcorn movie. Otherwise, wait for the inevitable DSTV screening.

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