Jurassic World Knocks It Out of the Park

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If you’re anything like me and thousands of other fans, you probably counted down the days to the much-anticipated release date of Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park movie series. While this review will not include any major spoilers, I will discuss a few aspects of the film that stuck out to me.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World takes big, bad dinosaurs to a whole new level. After operating for several years under the leadership of Claire Dearing, the Jurassic World theme park needs a new attraction to boost ratings and attendance. The solution? A team of lab experts led by Dr. Henry Wu – the only returning character from the earlier movies – create a terrifying super-dinosaur, the Indominous rex.

Everything at Jurassic World seems to be going as planned until one catastrophic mistake is made. Long story short, the Indominous rex escapes captivity, and a full-fledged dinosaur hunt begins.

There are a number of adjectives I could use to describe the film. Thrilling, action-packed, enthralling, attention-grabbing… The list could go on and on. I went into the film with suppressed expectations; after all, the first three films set the bar pretty high. However, after watching all two hours and four minutes of the film, I can honestly say that I was blown away.

The film’s excellent CGI and hints of nostalgia from the first three movies combined to form a great finished product. From the Jurassic Park t-shirt worn by a Jurassic World control operator, to the Jurassic Park jeeps seen in the middle of the film, to the red flare held by Claire during the film’s final moments, Jurassic World recalled several fond Jurassic Park memories, without focusing too much on the things of old.

While some may be disappointed that most of the cast members from the first three movies were not featured in Jurassic World, I was pleased with the cast as a whole. Jurassic World’s new slate of actors and actresses contributed to the film’s fresh vibe, although several of the cast members took a backseat as velociraptor trainer Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt, stole the show.

One of the only shortcomings of the film, in my opinion, was its lack of focus on more than a few dinosaurs. The Indominous rex was without a doubt the most frequently-featured dinosaur in the film, with other well-known dinosaur species from the first three movies dominating the rest of the screen time. I feel that the film’s creativity and innovativeness would have been enhanced had it included longer glimpses of a few more dinosaur species.

Overall, Jurassic World is an excellent movie that should be seen on the big screen. Watching the first three films is not necessary for your understanding of the fourth movie, but I would still recommend watching them to pick up on Jurassic World’s nostalgic references.

Holly’s rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

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Holly Nelms studies Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University. She loves writing and hopes to become a journalist after graduation.

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