Set in the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, Jurassic World takes place twenty-two years after the event from the first movie. One might even say this is the direct sequel of our childhood favourite. When a genetically modified dinosaur, Indominus rex, breaks loose and run amok across the island full of visitors… that’s when the fun begins. First of all, yes I am baffled why the script again revolves around the fictional island and why the new Indominus Rex is just a mutant version of the T-Rex. One can even say that Rick Jaffa Amanda Silver don’t do much “writing” and I don’t blame them. Sure they are playing it safe, but considering Jurassic Park is a classic, it’s wise not to changed too much. There were rumours that the new Jurassic movie will not take place on the island. Yet I am glad to see the dry land again because let’s be honest who want to see dinosaurs in a New York City?
Indie movie director, Colin Trevorrow helmed the sequel with prowess and dignity. Some of you might noticed the similarity Jurassic World shares with its original. The paid homage is visible everywhere, from the jeep the two brothers found, the modified Jurassic theme music by Michael Giacchino to Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), the park’s head of security – a minor character that reminds me of Wayne Knight’s greedy programmer in the original.
While I was skeptical about Trevorrow’s direction during the first half of the movie, I quite enjoyed what comes next. Overall, I am satisfied with the familiar tone implemented here. It’s kind of generic, yes, but what new twist can you bring to a long-dead franchise without taking a huge risk of box office failure and fans’ criticism? Perhaps in the future we will see more “out of the box” Jurassic scripts, especially since Chris Pratt said he has signed for doing 38 movies or something.
Speaking of Chris Pratt, I think most of you know I am a huge fan of the actor. And as always he doesn’t disappoint playing Owen Grady, a Velociraptor expert who handles the situation with style and sense of humour. His character is not someone you haven’t seen before, but watching Pratt having fun in the role, it’s hard for you to not enjoy as well. Bryce Dallas Howard, who is two years younger than Pratt, stars as Claire Dearing (oh dear!) the park’s operation manager, with a distracting hairstyle, who used to date Owen. The movie doesn’t explore their romance deeply but they share a good chemistry. Child actor Ty Simpkins played one of Claire’s nephew, Gray, who has the coolest scene in the movie (rolling in the gyrosphere) with his older brother Zach (played by wooden TV star Nick Robinson who needs to learn acting from Joseph Mazzello). While others would talk about B.D Wong or Irrfan Khan by this time, I would not, instead, I would ask you guys this: isn’t it awesome to see New Girl’s Jake Johnson in Jurassic World?!