Around 14 years of development hell and what feels like a million years of anticipation since it was scheduled for theatrical release could not have prepared me for this really exciting film. The park might have been open, but it couldn't open fast enough for my liking. In a title that could have been misunderstood as the first film by it's name difference from the main franchise, Jurassic World did not fail to impress.
This film just brought back wave after wave of nostalgia for me, and possibly any big Jurassic Park film fan. Old music, old designs, even old quotes reworded slightly just brought me back to the first films. The science that once seemed so far in the future now seems closer to reality as our tech has reached that level of sophistication now. The dinosaurs, the big main stars of the film, were jaw dropping-ly realistic. Though I still prefer the look of the models used in the original films, this is a good use of effects because you can't some scenes with models. Only a few parts of the simple technology were a bit forced to be real, but oh well, it's just a movie. The attacks were all just brutal, but done so this film does not get an R-rating. Seriously, if you were in the film, you'd want a nice hefty shot gun handy.
The characters were a little flat to start out. You got one side full of hubris, believing they have everything under control, and the other side either sounding the alarm or cautious about the next move they make. And the owners who think they got everything under their control.... oh my god, I can't tell you how many times I was whispering under my breath, "You idiot." They just reek of hubris, you can smell it through the screen. But the moment when they get what they've had coming to them is just so unbelievably satisfying. These people just don't get it; these are living animals that don't follow orders and you can't ignore the fact they are alive. At least some characters have some redemption at the end, or realize the error of their thoughts early on. The moments with the two brothers on tour in the park, played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, could have had more bonding moments since the two are so distant at the beginning. And even though they seem closer-ish at the end, we don't see how they got to that point. There is mention of a divorce at one time, but is never brought up again. Wasted opportunity for the film makers. But then with a two hour film, they could only do so much in the time allowed.
Now the nit picks. At one time, the two brothers wander off into the restricted area of the park. Why would the vehicles be allowed to operate in a closed off area to the public? Does no one put in a program for that? To prevent the off-chance that someone on the tour wanders off the beaten path? Apparently not. Also, why would a cell phone suddenly not work in the bubble car for some weird reason? It's a plot device, but it doesn't really make sense. This film, while really great, seemed to borrow a plot from Deep Blue Sea. The 'Lets-take-the-worlds-oldest-killing-machine-and-make-it-more-deadly' plot. Seriously, crossing all these animals to make out villain, the Indominus Rex didn't seem like it could be a bad idea to anyone? Money. It's evil. It corrupts all it touches. And the Indominus is really freakin' smart! It used the people to open up it's enclosure so it could escape like the sharks in Deep Blue Sea used the scientists to flood the facility so they could escape. Once more, hubris thinking that a big massive creature is easy to tame and control. WRONG! Also, I don't think the fuel in a 22 year old jeep from the first park would be 100% fine and working when you need it, and the car would likely have rotten wires and hoses, making it work even less in this jungle environment. Also, the funny awkward moments. Seriously? This is a serious film, drop it! We don't need to laugh, or giggle in the middle of a drama. Let the action speak for itself, the last three films got by just fine with none of these comedic moments, so obviously it works! Lose the humor, and keep the seriousness in.
Nit picks aside, the other aspects of this movie really make up for those little hiccups in the story line. Jurassic World is definitely worth seeing. In normal, 3D, and 3D Imax. I advise you to plug you ears if you see it in Imax as it's loud on it's own in 3D. On the scale of 1 to 10, I rate Jurassic World as a 9.9. One point off for those nitpicks which don't get noticed right off the bat unless you watch and pay very close attention.
Next film for me maybe be The Gallows or maybe Ant-Man.
Listening to: Survive the Night
Watching: Youtube videos