I have been reading a lot about Chris Pratt being a Christian and or a conservative lately. This could be true, and according to his quoting of Scriptures on his Facebook account and his talk of divine intervention and restored faith in God after a scare with the birth of his son, I hope so. But I am worried this will be another one of those Christian conservative overreaches that could back fire when he comes out claiming that their take on what he said is completely wrong. Don’t get me wrong, if true, fantastic. I am a huge fan of his and have been since Wanted. Not just for his acting and comedic skills but also for his reported family beliefs, hard work ethic and general nice guy attitude. Weird intro for a review on his latest film Jurassic World but his presence made the film a must see for me. Does he put yet another step away from one of televisions best characters, Andy Dwyer and move closer to incredibly popular leading man. Will he be what movie fans have wanted for years amidst the metrosexual depressed heroes of the last decade? A no nonsense tough guy with a heart? Oh, and is the “reboot” of a promising franchise good also?
It’s been twenty years since the disaster that was Jurassic Park, but John Hammonds dream still lives with the much more successful Jurassic World. Two brothers, Zack (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) are on their way to Jurassic World to have fun and visit their aunt. Their aunt is Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who also happens to be the operations manager for the park. On the day of the boys arrival, Claire has to try and sell a new attraction, the Indominus Rex, a new genetically enhanced dinosaur to potential investors. The parks owner, Simon (Irrfan Kahn) has asked her to work with Owen (Chris Pratt) a former military serviceman who now works as the parks Velociraptor trainer. The new creation escapes during their inspection and starts to wreak havoc on the island and heads toward the main attractions where over twenty thousand visitors walk, unaware of the danger coming their way.
This is true summer blockbuster fair that is an incredibly fun time at the movies. Characters that are identifiable, you care and root for. Pratt is awesome as the tough guy here, but he is also well matched with incredible chemistry with the always lovely Howard. The kids this time aren’t as annoying as the first film. Although the angsty older brother grates on you until they get into dangerous territory where we see his older brotherly instincts kick in. The addition of Kahn is welcome as he is charming, funny and is missed once he leaves the movie. Even though D’onofrio plays the cookie cutter bad guy, it’s still Vincent D’onofrio. The editing and pace is pretty well put together and the action is one of the films best qualities. The tension is there and almost to the point of greatness that the first one had. The final sequence is well worth the price of admission alone. With only a few instances of low grade movie making, this is an entertaining and energetic film.
There were two issues with this film that makes it not as great as it should have been. The first has been talked about throughout any review you read outside of this one and that is the lackluster CGI and lack of practical effects that made the first one awesome. There are some shots that are downright cringe worthy, that look like old school blue screen effects. The second issue is even more eye rolling in its effect on the overall story. Having an overly cocky military man who wants to use the tragedy as a reason to test the capabilities of trained raptors in battle was just liberal story telling ridiculousness. It’s beyond the ability to suspend disbelief. It’s laughable that the writers thought this a plausible scenario. What military man or even military contractor would believe the use of wild animals that haven’t existed for thousands of years, if ever, would be viable in the battle field? Geez, they learned during WWII that you couldn’t use cats as spy tools, why in the world would anyone think this. Granted I can’t think of a better way to put a hurdle in front of the success of the protagonists, this is still a dumb idea. If you are able to ignore these two heavy flaws, like I was, then it’s still a great movie.
I would caution some parents who want to take their younger children. Surprisingly there were some pretty violent and very uncomfortable scenes that may give kids some unpleasant dreams. Other than that there is the usual dinosaur carnage, minimal amounts of blood and some language. I would highly recommend this one for a weekend showing where you just want to be highly entertained.
3 stars out of 4