Review: “Jurassic World”

jurassic world 2By Craig Martin

A lot of children grow up having that one movie they repetitively watch. For me, that movie was “Jurassic Park.” It filled me with wonder and awe to see dinosaurs in front of my eyes and awakened my love of nature and film, both of which are still very important to me.

“Jurassic World,” starring Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Bryce Dallas Howard (“Lady in the Water,” “Spider-Man 3”), is the first film in the “Jurassic Park” series in 14 years. It is the next phase of unleashing the wonder of seeing mammoth monsters on the movie screen. However, they have only somewhat stirred wonder in the recent movie.

“Jurassic World” uses CGI and other special effect methods to bring the dinosaurs to life in new and creative ways. But with all of that action, there is a problem, at least for this reviewer, and considering the immense box office opening, maybe only to this reviewer.

Let me begin the review by saying it is a great summer movie. All the great popcorn moments are there: sleek camera work, CGI bedlam and creative uses of CGI (velociraptors running alongside Chris Pratt on a motorcycle, for example).

But while this is a good summer movie, to me it does not take the crucial step to being a good movie. It’s certainly not an Academy Award quality film, nor is it trying to be, but the difference between this and “Mad Max: Fury Road”—or even “Jurassic Park” itself—is that the film does not feel special. As things were touted in previews, I was prepared to be blown away to a similar degree as I was in the ‘90s. However, it was just another movie. Nothing really bad, nothing really good, and in that, “Jurassic World” was a bit of a letdown for me. I don’t want to go into  any detail about the movie because I still want people to go and see it.

This is actually less of a review and more of a warning. Go and see “Jurassic World,” but know this is not a new “Jurassic Park.” If one is expecting to be completely blown away, they won’t be. If one goes with friends or family looking to have a good time, they’ll have a ball. This movie is an amusement park and that is it.

RATING: Fun/four stars.

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