Viewed – 20 October 2015 Online rental
I never got around to seeing Jurassic Park 3, I think the reason why was that by the time it came out, I was pretty burnt out of my fascination with dinosaurs, and the second film, The Lost World didn’t entirely blow me away. Although I do regard the original as a classic. So after a long break, the prospect of a new movie in the franchise was finally appealing again, even if I missed this at the cinema.
Hot off his star-making turn in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt plays a former Naval officer turned park ranger at an all new, very successful and open to the public ‘Jurassic World’. He could be what you might call a Dinosaur-whisperer, with a close bond with a pack of Velociraptors. Lauding it over him is the park’s manager, Bryce Dallas Howard, a blunt, money-minded career woman and sort-of love interest to Pratt. Her day to day routine is complicated however by the arrival of her nephews, just as the park is about to unveil their latest attraction – a hybrid dinosaur cloned from various different species.
I’d heard some mixed things about this, and agree it lacks some of the awe and wonder of the original. Also Chris Pratt, so charismatic and funny in ‘Galaxy whilst still very likeable proved less fun than expected. Yet the movie’s characters all go on a journey of sorts and develop as time passes, most notably Bryce Dallas Howard. Initially too the nephews were like walking clichés but became much more interesting after a while. Add to this an immediately more perilous setting with thousands of lives in danger as the (inevitable) shit hits the fan, and I was quickly transported back to the feel and the adrenaline that worked so well back in the day. This was so much more than just another sequel and you can tell the writers and production team wanted to make a film both worthy of the name and worthwhile after such a long gap. They succeeded. The action is exhilarating, the new ideas bring the concept to life and when you get the dinosaur action, it’s at times shocking, intense and epic.
Familiarity does the movie a bit of a disservice in places and some attempts at humour fall flat, but with solid performances and excellent CGI (bar a couple of obvious green screen bits) this really was a lot better than it might have been. Recommended.
Verdict: 4 /5