Jurassic World may not be what the original Jurassic Park was, but it's not trying to be. It is it's own story that pays homage to its heritage while creating a whole new chapter. Ultimately, it's a fun summer movie that gives thrills and T-Rex size excitement!
It's been 22 years since Jurassic Park opened its gates to the beautiful wide screen shot of brontosaurus roaming free with the unmistakable sound of John Williams' perfect score. I remember the amazement I felt at seeing these long extinct creatures brought to life on the big screen. I felt that same sense of awe in seeing the dinosaurs in Jurassic World. I was sucked into the excitement of it as if these technology created dinosaurs were very real and the people in the film were very much in danger.
Jurassic World takes place in the present time, 20 years after the horrible mistakes that led to lost lives at the original park. The park is now a full blown tourist destination with all the oohs and aahs of a typical theme park, and the same problem that plagues theme parks; how do we keep the people interested? The answer to this comes in the form of a new hybrid dinosaur attraction that has more teeth and is a lot more scarier...and once it escapes; a lot harder to bring down!
Though the movie lacks some of the slow intense moments of the first film, it makes up for it in fast paced action that had the audience gasping and cheering at all the right moments.
After the screening, I talked to a 16 year old boy and his mother. The boy was was dressed from head to toe in Jurassic Park attire and his mother says that he has been "giddy" since hearing of the new film. He told me that he has been a huge fan of the series for 10 years. When asked how he liked the new movie he said, "there can never be a movie as good as the first Jurassic Park, but this came really close!"
That says it all. Jurassic World is not the first Jurassic Park, and no one should expect it to be. It is its own movie, and it is a great fun summer film that must be experienced on the big screen!
Disclosure: I attended a free screening of this movie for the purposes of review. I was not compensated. All opinions expressed are my own.