Jurassic World

Jurassic World Film Review - 500 Days Of Film

500 Days Of Film Reviews Jurassic World And Finds A Thrilling, Action Packed Adventure But Not A Patch On The Original 

A theme park called Jurassic World has been built on the original site of Jurassic Park. 

Despite featuring a host of amazing dinosaur rides, encounters and shows, the park is starting to suffer from visitor apathy. 

Seen one big dino, seen 'em all it seems. 

As a result, the theme park decides to experiment and develop an even bigger, toothier dinosaur.

All very well and good until, clever girl, the new hybrid escapes.

Is It Any Good?

I have to admit that I was so excited for the release of Jurassic World. I booked tickets for the opening weekend and could not wait. 

Now, you may be thinking: Jurassic World has been out for weeks what's taken me so long to review the thing?

Well, I was going to review films in chronological order. I was going to go back about five years and work my way forwards - even if I went to the cinema and saw something new in the meantime.

However, I have now seen the error of my ways and will now (and have already started - see my Inside Out, Minions and Ant-Man reviews) review new films as soon as I see them.

So, back to Jurassic World. As I mentioned, I was big kid excited to take my seat in the cinema to watch this film. I took my husband and two kids as this did feel like a family event movie. After all. we all just love the original film.

As soon as the film’s score toyed with the John Williams original I teared up. Ridiculous I know but that music just gets me every time.

I really enjoyed Jurassic World. It was a thrilling ride and I would encourage anyone to go and see it in the cinema if they have a chance. 

The theme park is wonderfully imagined and feels real. The effects are awesome and Chris Pratt is an extremely likable dino wrangler/whisperer.  

The thing is, if you wait for the DVD, you will probably become all too aware of the film’s flaws and inconsistencies.

For a start, the plot is full of holes and is, quite frankly, just daft. 

There is also very little tension despite all the impressive effects and dangerous dinosaurs on the loose. The reason for this is that you just don’t care enough about the characters.

In addition, most of the movie’s ‘wow’ moments have been previewed in the trailer, which is such a shame and something about which director, Colin Trevorrow, is deeply unhappy.

I did enjoy the way Jurassic World respected and showed a lot of love for Jurassic Park. You could also argue that the film is a homage to Steven Spielberg - there are lots of obvious and not so obvious references to his films.


However, despite having had a good enough time, by the end of Jurassic World, I kept thinking how awesome the original Jurassic Park film was and how much I wanted to go home and watch the original.  

Random Observations

It has just been announced that the sequel to Jurassic World will come out in 2018. 

Jurassic World got a rough ride in the press for its treatment of women and for Claire’s ability to run in heels. While I would never be able to take on a big ole dino in anything other than flats, this did not actually bother me as I was watching the film. 

However, in this post-Katniss age, I agree that this was a missed opportunity for the film.

Totally love Chris Pratt. 

Have you seen Jurassic World? Do you agree with my review? If you do or if you think I am talking dino dung, let me know in the comments section below!

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Jane Douglas-Jones
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