Jurassic World: A Review
The original Jurassic Park soared because, with all the effects stripped away, it was a simple story with a simple moral. Jurassic World takes the central “life will find a way” maxim and re-treads it with better effects, new characters and an original, completely insane plot thread involving the use of dinosaurs as weapons.
Some elements of the plot stick too close to the path carved out by the original, particularly children going missing in the park while escaped dinos wreak havoc. However, Colin Trevorrow should be praised for at least seeking out an original story, in an ocean of straight remakes and reboots.
Jurassic World successfully explores the intelligence of the velociraptors to an extent we never really saw in the original run of films, but they’re convincingly portrayed as the same vicious killers we were introduced to in 1993. Most characters rightfully regard the idea of using velociraptors on the battlefield as bonkers.
It’s said that sci-fi and fantasy audiences will tolerate the impossible for the sake of a good story, but not the improbable. People will willingly buy into the idea of resurrecting dinosaurs from extinction, but it’s harder to forgive the wilful stupidity inherent in using thermal sensors to guard the paddock of a hybrid dinosaur designed to be able to hide from those same sensors. If you’re willing to forgive the massive levels of human stupidity needed to drive the plot, you’re in for an entertaining ride.
It’s nice to finally have an in-universe explanation for the inaccuracy of some of the dinos presented at last (especially the preposterously large velociraptors, which were closer to chicken-sized in reality). It’s all down to hybridisation, according to Dr Wu (BD Wong, reprising his role from the original).
It’s unfortunate that the climax of the film should take the form of a monster vs. monster battle more worthy of a Power Rangers episode or Godzilla flick, but it’s hard to think of another satisfying conclusion given the nature of the plot.
All that said, the film does show a certain self-aware intelligence as it plays out, wisely keeping the overplayed T. rex in its back pocket until the final scenes. It’s more of a worthy successor to the original than either of the interim sequels.
In the final analysis, Jurassic World does what it sets out to and leaves the audience wanting more. Just enough plot threads are left open (what happens to the park now? What about the missing embryos?) to invite more sequels, which are now all but inevitable, given record-breaking box office takings.