Like the rest of the world, I had been waiting to see the much-anticipated Jurassic World film from when it was announced in 2013. Having grown up with the 1993 original movie, the mere humming of the theme tune is enough to lead me down nostalgia lane. I still think the 1993 animatronics and CGI is still a masterpiece and comparable to the biggest blockbusters of today.
Anyway…having seen the 2015 follow-up to the Jurassic Park series, all I can say is that I was thoroughly disappointed. All I could say to myself when the film had ended was “I really didn’t like it”.
I didn’t feel like there was any imminent threat of peril, it just seemed as though everything was going to be “okay”. It just felt like the usual film formula, with the shift in equilibrium…someone realising they’ve made a mistake and desperately trying to fix it (along with a few enemies along the way).
Not all was wrong with the film, I mean Chris Pratt as Owen was the star of the film for me. There are even some theories that he is Bryce Dallas Howard was good too, but the whole issue of her femininity throughout the film was questionable. This blog brilliantly sums it up as “70s era sexism”.
Overall, I really didn’t have any emotional attachment to the characters. They played their parts well, but for me I really couldn’t empathise with any of them. Maybe it’s because I perhaps couldn’t identify with any of them (but that is a whole other issue in itself and another blog post too).
The amount of product placement throughout the film possibly ruined the film for me from the very beginning. Starbucks, Pandora, Beats, Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola…I’m sure you could pause the movie and actually wonder if you were watching an advertorial rather than a film. I entirely understand that this is the way the world works these days, everything has a price. For me, the film truly lost it’s integrity and the magic that made me fall in love with the original film.
Just a note to Verizon Wireless… your signal must be terrible if there is so much static and loss on Isla Nublar. What a great way to market your brand…with terrible signal. You do realise this is 2015?
I know Steven Spielberg gave his blessing to Colin Trevorrow to direct this film but I do wonder what it would have been like if Spielberg directed it…
If anything, the last scene of Jurassic World reminded me of the terrible sequel to Godzilla that came out last year or the year before.
It just had to be the T-Rex to take down the notorious genetically modified dinosaur… If anything this film was a Godzilla meets Indiana Jones (Chris Pratt’s outfit echoes Harrison Ford much?) with a sprinkle of Jurassic Park.
I didn’t totally hate it, I mean it did it’s job as a follow-up to the 90s movies. I just think it could have been better! I did like (ha you were thinking I completely hated it) the nods to the old films with them two kids finding the old building that had been damaged in the 1993 film. I wish there had been much more of this, but I guess all I wanted was the old film back.
I’m wondering whether I should see Jurassic World again, but in 3D, perhaps some of this “magic” I felt I have missed will be brought to life?
Also – did anyone notice all the trailers before the movie seemed to be all sequels? Fantastic Four, Terminator, Entourage… some things should be left alone. A special shout out goes to what can be described as the Z-list of superheroes… ANTMAN. SERIOUSLY?
What do you think of the new Jurassic World film?