“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860
When I think of my childhood a few things come to mind; Super Nintendo, Nickelodeon cartoons and Jurassic Park to name a few. At the wee age of four years old I witnessed dinosaurs on the big screen. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced and at that age. I obviously hadn’t been around the block as of yet. That didn’t matter though, I knew I was seeing something special. Jurassic Park created one of the greatest examples of imagination and technical prowess the world had ever seen. It left both younglings and their authors in equal amounts of untapped glee and unadulterated awe. It showed that one of the greatest filmmakers the world has ever known, Steven Spielberg, still had some magic left to amaze us with. Since its inception nearly twenty five years ago, it has spawned three sequels (so far) and countless other films that were seemingly a natural reaction to seeing dinosaurs in full, beautiful motion as they ate people.
It has been fourteen long years since the last Jurassic installment. It’s been fourteen years of legal jargon, lack of a decent script, lack of a decent director and just an overall lack of interest from the studios to make another. But luckily that is all in the past and here in the year 2015 (a year of long-dead films being revitalized like Terminator, Mad Max, etc…) we have the wonderful chance to experience some of that old familiar magic with Jurassic World. And believe me, this film is a full blown blast from the past thrill ride that strives for nothing more than to entertain its audience until their heads explode (metaphorically, of course). It’s now the following day since I saw Jurassic World and I’m still picking up the pieces of my shattered psyche (I mean that in the greatest way possible). Suddenly I was four years old again watching dinosaurs roam and roar and rampage to their heart’s content.
In many instances having now experienced more films than I could ever comprehend, I can watch a scene and have a pretty good idea how they pulled it off. When I was four I couldn’t do that of course and so as far as I could tell they had real dinosaurs in the movie. I don’t think I necessarily thought they were real but I certainly didn’t question their validity as they ate people-tizers. This movie managed to take away all that experience and simply set it aside for two hours as I watched prehistoric creatures create havoc once again. I didn’t think about certain shots having CGI or props. I just fell into it all and had a childish amount of fun. I haven’t resorted back to my childlike ways quite like this since I last visited Disneyland and rode the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. We all have that childlike innocence hidden within us and all it takes to bring it out is something like Jurassic World.
Jurassic World is exactly what you are expecting and I promise that’s a wonderful thing. It’s dinosaurs interacting with naive human beings thinking they’re safe. This is a dino movie, so of course people shall be had for dinner like ribs at a barbecue (sauce included). Treading new ground but never forgetting where it came from, Jurassic World brings both new and old together to form a combination of “remember when” and “always wondered what that would look like” and does so seamlessly. Chris Pratt is the awesome bad-ass hero out to save the day and get the girl and does so with skill and humor like only Pratt could bring. Bryce Dallas Howard isn’t lousy so much as she’s kind of just… there. Her biggest failure is filling the large shoes of John Hammond (the late great, Richard Attenborough) but I can’t really fault her for coming up short there. She isn’t the strongest female character these days which will probably offend someone looking to get offended for the sake of getting offended but I guess they’ll just have to deal with it. InGen is present as always, lurking in the background waiting for their moment to make a bad situation into something a bit more horrifying. Things you’ve seen and things you haven’t all make up this wild adventure in the return to Isla Nublar, land of the dinosaurs.
Simply put this is just a great damn time at the movies. It’s nothing original but any lack of originality does nothing to hinder the spectacular experience it creates. For old fans and new alike, you will love this movie if you don’t expect too much from it. I wanted dinosaurs causing chaos and eating people and this certainly delivered and then some. If you have kids, watch the original three and then bring them to see Jurassic World. Envelope them in this world and hopefully they can see the magic firsthand and maybe you’ll be able to see that familiar magic in their faces. There is, as I said dinosaurs eating people but that should be known beforehand without me having to say it. So discretion is advised for the true youngsters out there. I was introduced to this world when I was four and I only turned out partially crazy. So no worries.
Spared no expense.
Rated PG-13 for: intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril
Run Time: 124 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson
Directed By: Colin Trevorrow
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 3/ Directing: 4/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4 Nerdskulls
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