Jurassic World - Dinosaurs are Fun Again

Jurassic World - Dinosaurs are Fun Again

It took over two decades, but audiences have finally been given a true sequel to Jurassic Park.

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well, good to hear its not a total waste of time. looks like i can watch it with some confidence next week.

Sounds good. Due to the insane amount of cash-grabby marketing, tying themselves to just about every product commercial I'm seeing on TV, and due to the incredibly dumb half-human half-dinosaur hybrids trying to take over the world plot that was originally slated for Jurassic World a decade ago sharing the same hybrid-dinosaur thing with the current iteration, I've been expecting something decidedly... not pleasant. Hearing that it goes back to the roots of the franchise is great to hear, as Lost World and III were big disappointments. From the sounds of it, I should expect a just plain good summer romp that, while not lacking a brian, doesn't get too lost in a philosophical thought, unlike some other films *cough*

Great to hear! My Dad has been bitching kindly insisting that I go see this with him. Glad to hear it won't be two hours of my life down the drain... like when he made me go see Grown Ups 2. *shudders at the horrid memory*

Edit: So great movie, easy 7/10 for me. I'll agree with Shinji that the violence is insane for PG-13. I have a few issues, a couple plot holes so large I noticed them, some general movie stupidity, and the scene in the train when the youngest starts crying about their parents. That scene contributed nothing to the film.

This is what I've always felt was missing from not just the sequels but even the original; Just big fun dinosaur carnage.

It also very cleverly circumvents comparisons to Jurassic Park by making it clear that that park (movie) was the OG. And instead of trying to replicate that sense of awe that the original had, it presents you with some pretty cool world building. The little dinosaur petting zoo where kids could cuddle with little sauropods and get triceratops pony rides was one of the stand-out moments in the film. I also liked the full-size dinosaur holograms that allowed attendants to interact with a velociraptor or dilophosaurus. It's little touches like that that made this version of the park really come to life.

And the raptor training was handled very well. I know beforehand people were all worried that the raptors were now going to be turned into pets or something, but they feel as dangerous as they did in the original.

And the violence really was surprisingly vicious. There's one scene that gets excessively nasty despite not one drop of blood getting spilled...

Goddamn that was brutal.

And the ending... What can I say? I can see a lot of people hating it, but I was pissing myself laughing. And not in a 'laughing at it' sort of way. I got what the movie was going for and I was right there with it.

Good review and put some of my feeling into words well.

The Dinosaurs were cool to see, but I don't think the magic will ever be the same compared to the first. The first movie awed us with the dinosaurs, and the movie seemed to focus on that by always making the reveal of a new dinosaur great. The first reveal of the initial dinosaur was great. Then the T-Rex entrance was amazing and is one of the greatest moments in movie history. In this movie, the Dinosaurs aren't exactly new to us, and we don't exactly get the same feeling of awe. However, since the movie realizes this, it does well in not trying to outdo Jurassic Park.

I have to disagree with the Chris Pratt part. I actually thought he was quite good overall, with a nice balance of serious and joking around. The romance part I agree with.

Soon...soon, I can witness this. Just as soon as I can convince someone i'm fun enough to go to the movies with. Now to find some gullible humans!

Dinosaurs are fantastic. Anyone who says otherwise is a heathenistic christian! It's a pity that so many films do not utilise their ability to wow us. And no feathers please! Swans can be iffy, but certainly not dread-inducing.

Just watched this a few hours ago and while I did enjoyed it, the first is still better for me (nostalgia may have to do with it especially when seeing Dinosaur on the screen is no longer a wow factor).

Casual Shinji:
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EDIT- Oh yeah the ost was very lacking compared to the first film!

I saw this movie last night, because apparently release days now mean the day before at 7 p.m. It is very well worth seeing, to be sure. It does feel like a real sequel to Jurassic Park, and there are plenty of references to the original movie. Fans will certainly catch a lot of them and it just makes the movie feel more genuine.

The only problem I had with it is that a character's death goes on a bit too long. Those of you who have seen the trailer, and see the pterodactyl attack, that is the part I'm talking about. Going in, most people are going to know who is going to die and who is going to live simply by how they act, but this death got a bit uncomfortable. I asked my friends about it afterward and they agreed. If they had cut it down by maybe half the length, then it would be fine.
Of course, this could be because I'm getting old, but it really felt kind of jarring.

EDIT: I see a few people above me felt the same, or at least remember that scene. Glad to know my friends and I weren't the only ones.

I may be missing some central philosophical point the movie could have, but I don't care: I want to see more Dino-on-Dino fighting, and I hope Jurassic World delivers! That part was the only redeeming thing about JP III.

Scarim Coral:

A lot of the humor in the movie fell kinda flat for me, but that one was really good. Amplified by the same scene prior between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It's like 'Yeah sorry, none for you.'

EDIT- Oh yeah the ost was very lacking compared to the first film!

Michael Giacchino wasn't really been able to recreate that same magic from his years at Pixar unfortunately.

Whatever else it does, I have to give it credit for one thing. Jurassic Park 2 had this "Oh, we have to preserve and protect the beautiful natural genetically engineered dinosaurs that died out millions of years ago! For nature!" theme that made me want to slap whoever was responsible upside the head. JW seems to say, "Wow! Rigging a new dinosaur together was a spectacularly bad idea!" (Yes, you idiots, every iteration of Jurassic Park has been a spectacularly bad idea; thank you for finally catching on!)

I had a hard time containing my laughter due to some of the dialogue choices... Then again, it did weird me out a bit that not only did I guess correctly how long it has been since the boys have seen their aunt, but also noticing the subtle instances of the number 7 in the most "unexpected" of places... Also, I thought the loose subplots would annoy me since they didn't seem to get any true closure[1], but after really thinking about it, I feel like they were just there to make this characters have more dept that their dialogue wasn't conveying properly...

Other than that, I'm not surprised I was able to figure out with raptor was which during the night portion of the movie...

Plus, I like the quick "fuck you" to the third JP movie as well as the LW music reference in the overall score of the movie... Overall, I would say that "1<JW<<LW<<<<ALAN!" despite really enjoying the shit out of this movie...
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Casual Shinji:
This is what I've always felt was missing from not just the sequels but even the original; Just big fun dinosaur carnage.

It also very cleverly circumvents comparisons to Jurassic Park by making it clear that that park (movie) was the OG. And instead of trying to replicate that sense of awe that the original had, it presents you with some pretty cool world building. The little dinosaur petting zoo where kids could cuddle with little sauropods and get triceratops pony rides was one of the stand-out moments in the film. I also liked the full-size dinosaur holograms that allowed attendants to interact with a velociraptor or dilophosaurus. It's little touches like that that made this version of the park really come to life.

I know it couldn't replicate it because there will literally never be anything quite like that first time you see a full dinosaur from Jurassic Park 1 (between how well the actors sell the whole thing, to just how realistic the dinosaur looked, to the just straight majesty of it all, nothing will compare to it) I have to say that the moment when the kids are in the gyrosphere and he asks "Where are they?!?" then the camera pans out and you see them all? My heart skipped a beat that it hadn't skipped since Jurassic Park 1.

The sequels never had that sense of wonder and awe that Jurassic Park 1 had. 2 tried to replicate it with the photography scene near the start, but it didn't feel genuine and was over so quick that you didn't have a chance to appreciate it. 3 didn't even pretend that dinosaurs being alive was a big thing because it was too wrapped up in the running and screaming part to remember the oohhs and aaahhs. Jurassic World though, with that one scene, reminds us that its still wonderful and beautiful to see dinosaurs alive again. Between the younger one being extremely over hyped and having all his dreams come true, to the older one who gives no fucks at first (dinosaurs are so whatever compared to chicks) until he finally sees them up close and personal and he's allowed to remember that this is excessively cool.

Even if the rest of the movie was shit that one scene would have at least been incredibly memorable.

And the ending... What can I say? I can see a lot of people hating it, but I was pissing myself laughing. And not in a 'laughing at it' sort of way. I got what the movie was going for and I was right there with it.

I'm usually able to keep my laughing to a minimum in movie theaters because I feel its rude to laugh. I even do it in comedies, which is totally weird. I got the whole hand over the mouth lung chuckle thing down. Yet that ending I literally burst out laughing and had to cover my mouth to muffle it. Its not totally unexpected, because the movie hadn't been 100% serious all the time, but that ending was so hilariously amazing that I couldn't stop it.

I was cheering and laughing in a movie theater like I was at home for a good 10-15 seconds.

As a Canadian I find it surprising that you find it surprising that the movie has a PG13 rating. Then again, here the uncensored version of Kingsmen was PG13, so it's not as though our rating systems have much similarities other then the names of the ratings.

Watched the movie yesterday.
Really enjoyed it, went far above my expectations. So I am happy with it :D

I loved this movie, it was 10/10 for me.

One of my favorite parts in general though, was the slap to the face of JP3

That moment felt like a real win to me.

I'm of two minds on this. On the one hand this film is not as good as the original, and to be fair, it never tries to be. There's no suspense, no wonder, and ultimately no horror. The characters are comparatively flat, there's an overabundance of CGI, and there are numerous plot holes. It's also filled with self referential humor and TONS of fanservice.

On the other hand, the movie IS fun. Chris Pratt is... well, Chris Pratt. He's a funny and likable leading man. You have dinosaurs fighting the military. You have dinosaurs fighting each other. You have dinosaurs eating tons of civilians. If you've ever just wanted to see all out dinosaur carnage, then this is the Jurrasic Park film you been waiting for. It's not nuanced, and it doesn't even begin to capture the magic and heart of the original. But it's a big, dumb, fun action movie, and it's over the top in all the right places. Enjoy the film for the silly fun it is. Just don't expect what I would call a "true" sequel to Jurassic Park. Other then the music, it doesn't really feel like it's in the same franchise. It's got more in common with Guardians of the Galaxy.

I enjoyed the movie but I am annoyed by the absolute need for romance in EVERYTHING. Even if it's not done terribly it still seems forced. Only thing that really pissed me off was the overwhelming idiocy of tje kids. JP1 didn't need completle dipshit kids to cause drama

Sniper Team 4:

The only problem I had with it is that a character's death goes on a bit too long.

I have to admit that one did surprise me. I was very aware that there were a load of children in the cinema (you tend to be, their bladders are like satsumas) and while I wouldn't say that scene shocked me or disgusted me I did feel it was a little...shall we say vicious, particularly for kiddy-bait like this film.

Okay, can someone here explain to me how so many damn people on Twitter are complaining how this is an anti-feminist film? The arguments I keep seeing are 1) The boys wanted to be protected by Chris Pratt rather than their aunt 2) the aunt was cold and career driven 3) Chris Pratt was a misogynist 4) the assistant lady got an extended and pretty brutal death.

To which I wonder if I saw a different movie than they did. 1) Besides Chris Pratt being way more cool than the aunt, I'm reasonably certain the boys wanted him to protect them because he has a gun, was pretty calm and collected, and is a dinosaur trainer, whereas the aunt has no gun, was freaking out some, and does office work. 2) The aunt wasn't so much cold as much as she had to keep he whole park afloat, and as such she can't get too invested in the personal side of things. And last I checked, being career driven wasn't anti feminist. 3) I can't recall a single thing he said or did that would indicate such. He opened the door for the aunt? He tried protecting her? That I know he did, but last I checked those weren't inherently bad things. If anything, it was only the aunt that said anything gender negative, when she yelled at the security guy to "act like a man already". 4) While I agree the death was brutal and a bit confusing as such a death is normally saved as a kumuppins death, I fail to see how it's anti woman.

And besides, it's the aunt that ends up saving the day when she summons the T-Rex to take down the new dino, and all the dinosaurs are female (if I remember right).

Casual Shinji:
This is what I've always felt was missing from not just the sequels but even the original; Just big fun dinosaur carnage.

It also very cleverly circumvents comparisons to Jurassic Park by making it clear that that park (movie) was the OG. And instead of trying to replicate that sense of awe that the original had, it presents you with some pretty cool world building. The little dinosaur petting zoo where kids could cuddle with little sauropods and get triceratops pony rides was one of the stand-out moments in the film. I also liked the full-size dinosaur holograms that allowed attendants to interact with a velociraptor or dilophosaurus. It's little touches like that that made this version of the park really come to life.

And the raptor training was handled very well. I know beforehand people were all worried that the raptors were now going to be turned into pets or something, but they feel as dangerous as they did in the original.

And the violence really was surprisingly vicious. There's one scene that gets excessively nasty despite not one drop of blood getting spilled...

Goddamn that was brutal.

And the ending... What can I say? I can see a lot of people hating it, but I was pissing myself laughing. And not in a 'laughing at it' sort of way. I got what the movie was going for and I was right there with it.

I'm so glad someone else has picked up on that scene. That was way out of left field, and by far the most brutal scene in the entire film. She's not even a character we don't like. Just some side character with a grand total of three lines. Serious question: What the actual fuck what that all about even?

As for the rest of the movie - here's my spoiler-free review. 80% of it was absolute shit. 20% was cool enough to ALMOST make up for the shit. STUPID PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS. Cell phones and radios conviniently (for the plot) don't work in this state-of-the-art facility full of living murder machines, which really should have robust communication infrastructure as a top priority. The whole place has only two dispachers in it's com center. High school kids operate attractions of aforementioned living murder machines. Every character is a flat, one dimensional stereotype, with no reason for the audience to care despite some half-assed attempts the most basic of heartstring pulling. Some cg smacks into some more cg and it was impossible to be invested in it. Heals to FLATS in one scene for a brief instant (if you blink you'll miss it) then back to running in heals again (WTF). I spent the whole movie wishing I was doing something else. Please don't make another one of these. Ever.

Raptors are really fucking cool though.

Didn't enjoy the movie. Something that really bothered me was the villain. He wasn't a villain. He was excited by the prospect of dinosaur soldier replacing human soldiers and lessening human casualties. That's all. And Chris Pratt punches him out of nowhere, for no reason, and we're supposed to go 'Yeah! That's what you get!' But he didn't do anything except express excitement.
Meanwhile Bryce dallas howard's character 1. breeds a dangerous monster in the name of profits despite the park owner not being interested in profits. 2. Shows no interest in the wellbeing of park animals and refers to them as assets. 3. complains about having to implement adequate safety measures to contain the monster after a worker was mauled like it's a huge imposition. 4. Refuses to evacuate the park immediately or even inform guests what is happening because the scandal might affect attendance and profits. 5. Callously abandons her nephews to attend to profits. 6. sends an inadequately equipped security team to their deaths despite Chris Pratt's warnings in order to capture her profitable asset alive. 7. Leaves her control room with the orders to do nothing toward evacuating the island while she personally searches for her nephews, who she abandoned, effectively prioritizing two relatives over the lives of twenty odd thousand guests.
Yet the hero never confronts her on any of this and she never takes responsibility despite each and every death in the movie being directly her fault. Her accountability as park manager is so obviously brushed over in service of a contrived romance between her and Pratt. They have to kiss and blame the fat military guy. The person who did nothing except suggest that Pratt ride a motorcycle alongside the raptors he was training in order to stop the monster from killing everyone, something that should be heroic and badass but is instead framed as a massive chore Pratt is reluctant to take part in. Boo military guy. You are the wrong kind of military guy and Chris Pratt is the right kind. He is handsome and you are fat. Your ideas, but not your actions, are disagreeable so die.

Am I wrong or did he take over the control room in order to enact a state of emergency and organise the killing of the I-rex? In any other movie this guy would be the hero, or at least commended for taking charge when the authorities had ruled that nothing should be done, keep the guests oblivious until its far too late, think about the loss in attendance.

One reviewer on youtube said it was an alright movie that didn't live up to the first movie. I automatically dismissed their review because trying to compare any movie to it's original is like ... dude, you hyped yourself way to much my friend. Glad to see everyone else thinks it's a grand movie, and a welcome edition to the Jurassic Park franchise.

Also going to see this Wednesday with my father. Man oh man, even if it's not as classic / breath taking as the first movie, it's still good enough in my books to be worth the watch!! Thanks for the review Marter :)

Completely disagree about the good acting. I thought it was pretty atrocious. Maybe it was partially the dialogue, but every time the main lady spoke it felt like she was parodying something and not trying to be a real character.

I lost track of the amount of plot conveniences (or... inconveniences mostly) and while those don't bother me that much if the movie itself is great, I found myself noticing them constantly in this one.

Also, as mentioned, the guy the movie was trying to portray as the human villain, really wasn't villainous. He did some really stupid things, but so did just about every other character in the movie. His primary goal was to save lives at any cost. Other people were more worried about the dinosaurs getting hurt while the "villain" was concerned with saving people now, and in the future with non-human soldiers. Not only that, it seemed like they were trying to make the CEO out to be some great guy who was morally superior to his scientist underlings which, as the scientist laid out, doesn't really make sense.

Finally, the giant crocodile dinosaur getting the final fuck you was a bit annoying. All of the dinosaurs coming together to kill indomitable rex was one of the cheesiest things I've seen in a long time. Not really in a good way.

vagabondwillsmile:
I'm so glad someone else has picked up on that scene. That was way out of left field, and by far the most brutal scene in the entire film. She's not even a character we don't like. Just some side character with a grand total of three lines. Serious question: What the actual fuck what that all about even?

I suspect she had quite a few 'scenes' on the cutting room floor. For one why is taking the kids to Sauropod petting zoo and not to see the T-Rex? It's like the kids have to escape her to go see the gory attractions but none of this is really fleshed out. I suspect there was a quite a bit more dialogue between her and the kids but was thrown away as it didn't really add to the movie. However as the sequences to kill her was probably expensive and complex they kept it in even though it had no real bearing on her characters from the audience perspective who probably originally found her annoying enough to want her killed.

Ralancian:

vagabondwillsmile:
I'm so glad someone else has picked up on that scene. That was way out of left field, and by far the most brutal scene in the entire film. She's not even a character we don't like. Just some side character with a grand total of three lines. Serious question: What the actual fuck what that all about even?

I suspect she had quite a few 'scenes' on the cutting room floor. For one why is taking the kids to Sauropod petting zoo and not to see the T-Rex? It's like the kids have to escape her to go see the gory attractions but none of this is really fleshed out. I suspect there was a quite a bit more dialogue between her and the kids but was thrown away as it didn't really add to the movie. However as the sequences to kill her was probably expensive and complex they kept it in even though it had no real bearing on her characters from the audience perspective who probably originally found her annoying enough to want her killed.

Ah - that is an interesting possibility. I wonder what could have been cut out, and what her character was originally written to be. And I agree, that sequence was deffinitely one of the more complex, so the production team probably wouldn't have wanted to lose it. The Jurassic Park series does seem to have a signature brutal death in each installment, but up to this point there seems to have been a set-up and a pay off. Perhaps you're correct, and editors took scissors to the set-up in this one.
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On another note, the first 15 minutes were "Product Placement: the Movie". Starring: Beats by Dre, Nissan, Verizon Wireless, Coke, AND Pepsi, and Starbucks. I know Jeep and Mercedes have been part of the series; and Jeep makes an appearance here too. And I know sponsorship helps a budget, but there is an artful way of doing it (like the billboards and dirigibles in Blade Runner), comedic ways of doing it (the cops at McDonald's in The Fifth Element), satire (ALL the restaurants are Taco Bell in Demolition Man), etc. Even in this movie Jeep (and Mercedes in a different installment) appear as part of the world rather than a blatant ad. Similarly Triumph in this movie gets a pass (one of the characters rides a scrabler) for truely being a part of the film's world in general, and specificallly, part of a character's personality. In these examples there is either a subtext to the ad that also functions in service of the film or the ad is so interwoven into the film's world that it is easy to accept as part of the larger story taking place. And then there is what happens in the first act of this movie when company names are mentioned with all but a nudge and a wink directly at the camera, or logos awkwardly turned directly to the audience as a focus. Advertising doesn't have to be a bad thing, but it's tacky and distracting when it's so on the nose.

vagabondwillsmile:

I'm so glad someone else has picked up on that scene. That was way out of left field, and by far the most brutal scene in the entire film. She's not even a character we don't like. Just some side character with a grand total of three lines. Serious question: What the actual fuck what that all about even?

As for the rest of the movie - here's my spoiler-free review. 80% of it was absolute shit. 20% was cool enough to ALMOST make up for the shit. STUPID PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS. Cell phones and radios conviniently (for the plot) don't work in this state-of-the-art facility full of living murder machines, which really should have robust communication infrastructure as a top priority. The whole place has only two dispachers in it's com center. High school kids operate attractions of aforementioned living murder machines. Every character is a flat, one dimensional stereotype, with no reason for the audience to care despite some half-assed attempts the most basic of heartstring pulling. Some cg smacks into some more cg and it was impossible to be invested in it. Heals to FLATS in one scene for a brief instant (if you blink you'll miss it) then back to running in heals again (WTF). I spent the whole movie wishing I was doing something else. Please don't make another one of these. Ever.

Raptors are really fucking cool though.

That was my feeling about it as well. It had its moments, the raptors kicked ass (hell, I was rooting for their survival over any of the human characters save maybe for Owen. And boy, did I want those kids to get chomped), and I'll admit to enjoying the final fight in all of its ludicrous glory. But the rest? Pretty dull.

Seriously, where in the hell was the suspense? Say what you want about Spielberg not having it anymore, but the man knows how to build suspense. Even Lost World had it's scary moments. But this? It's all just running and screaming. No real suspense, no feeling of dread, no terror whatsoever. And without that, no sense of wonder or genuine heart, save for the raptors.

 

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