If you are looking for a popcorn thriller to take that special someone to, Jurassic World is it.
Giving the film four stars was Robbie Collin of The Telegraph, who deemed the film a worthy sequel to Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park, and called it “methodically paced and shot with an awestruck visual sense that’s pure Spielberg.” Rotten Tomatoes’ critical site said, “Jurassic World can’t match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining — and visually dazzling — popcorn thriller.”
The acting all around is solid but both Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire [JW’s operations mgr] and Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, a Velociraptor expert and trainer, have been singled out for their lead character portrayals. The back story and romantic undertones of the plot have been criticized by a few fun less reviewers but everybody knows movies are a combination of love and death. The old ‘boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl’ back, still plays well to the average viewer and romantic.
BDH as Claire plays a convincing ‘lab girl boss’ [see recent remarks made by the smartest dumbass on the planet] and shows she is no pushover when she saves Pratt’s bacon once, which Pratt [Owen Grady] gives pause to. Claire in character is the screen match for Pratt’s character, so when you see a ‘moment’ happen between the two at a break in the action, the surprise seems to fit perfectly. I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t written into the script. If it was, good writing.
Chris Platt, coming off two of the 3 highest grossing moves in 2014 [the Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy] keeps the earnest passion he displayed in GoG, this time in making you feel more emotion for the velociraptors under his charge then you feel for any of the humans getting wolfed down.
Pratt’s character always keeps a cool head, a high caliber lever action rifle, and a handy sack of one-liners when needed, plus his survival skills earn him a ‘Your boyfriend’s a bad ass’ comment from the older of the two kid hero brothers.
Both Nick Robinson as Zach Mitchell, one of Claire’s nephews and the older brother along with Ty Simpkins as the other nephew and younger brother, Gray, keep the suspense up as the kids stay just a step ahead of the ravishing jaws adding genuine concern to the fast-paced action. They also add just a bit of humor in finding some of the original Jurassic Park items used on the first film.
This is a great first date movie even if you never saw the original. I think this is a movie you will be hearing about until the fall.