Jurassic World (2015) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

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Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writers: Rick Jaffa (screenplay by), Amanda Silver (screenplay by)
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins

Plot: A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Running Time: 124 Minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 71%   Audience 78%

Why I Watched it: I dragged my feet on this one, I’ve seen the other films in this franchise so I finally sat down to give it a watch.

Random Thoughts: To be honest I’m not a fan of this franchise,I’ve liked some of the acting but the series as always left me cold, the whole set up is they built something just so it could fail and we could have a movie.  I was a big fan of the first book, very good read and really different from the first film, much more tech based and more should we be playing God.  I would also like to say this film Jurassic World is almost a copy of Deep Blue Sea, same plot and really the same film, just saying, I love Deep Blue Sea.

What I Liked: Can’t argue the film is really nice to look at, it’s CGI eye candy, they did a nice job of giving us a different looking Jurassic Park.  Everything seems bigger, the scope of it just screams Hollywood Blockbuster.  The sound, the editing, the cinematography is great as well. I thought Chris Pratt would bother me more than he did, but he’s fine here.  I do fear he’s just going to play these types till we get sick of them, his relationship with Bryce Dallas Howard’s character feels like something from an 80′s movie to be honest.

What I didn’t Like: Let’s get this out of the way, it’s a big loud, dumb movie, entertaining at times but good lord is it cliched. I mean really cliched, so cliched I don’t even know where to start. Bryce Dallas Howard, no I’m not blaming her, well maybe a little she should have fought for her character to actually have some character.  Come on this was cliched 30 years ago, the driven ice queen, who has no time for family, she doesn’t know how old her nephews are one minute but then is willing to give up her life for them.  Please lets give her some depth, lets get to know something else about her.  Pratt is also just a type an action adventure type, he’s charming and that’s it.  Now the bad guy role here of course is played by Vincent D’Onofrio who looks honey baked here, he’s tanned and stuffed and of course he’s government/military you know the type he sees a rubber duck and wants to turn it into a weapon, and that’s all he says and does for the entire run time of the film.

Here’s my biggest beef with the film it’s the two brothers, one’s a teenager and the other is younger and they have no character at all, they are cheap heat, they are dumbly put in danger, that is their sole purpose in this movie.  really did you need this sub-plot, there’s enough going on we didn’t need these two just to be there so we could figure out Howard’s character loves her family and shouldn’t be so one track minded. The ending is overblown of course and it goes on forever.  Some of it is shot well and done well but it does drag and add the fact that the film is over 2 hours make’s it tough sledding by the end.  We know where this is going and really this feels like a remake of the first film the only difference is the tech and actors.

Final Thoughts: You know what this is one of those blockbusters that I didn’t hate but I wish they gave a crap about the script and kind of developing characters, but it’s a big loud CGI fest, a decent watch but empty calories.

Rating: 5/10

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