"Jurassic world". I was almost, ALMOST convinced that it could be good. But then, I saw the actual film and I can honestly say do not invest your time here. Instead choose something else. Go and see "Mad Max" or "Tomorrowland". I officially decided not to endorse your park.
Direction: Colin Trevorrow (the director) has no experience into handling big blockbusters, particularly those that happen to carry a (declining still important) cinematic legacy of a very memorable film called "Jurassic Park". Point is you knew where you were getting into so I will not hold back. From certain scenes it is evident that Trevorrow respects and likes the original entry but his direction is soulless and empty of creating any tension or suspense. Remember the first time the doors opened and the car went through? When the T-rex appeared? The storm? The setting? The characters? Here everything is juggled together - dinos, humans, hybrids, resorts, trained raptors - with an average pace that can't even lift my little toe from excitement. It's like "Alien Vs Predator": technically well made, but we do not give a damn. There is not even any set of groundbreaking - I know I ask too much - or memorable shots (I do not ask too much) - no steady cams, no personalized fit of direction, just empty and serviceable entertainment with slightly above middle ground cinematography. This should have been an opportunity to reinstate the quality of animatronics, go back to practical filmmaking - see Mad Max - and thrive on a traditional formula that many have abandoned for the sake of easy profit and lack of visual stimulating challenges.
Story: Sure, the first one was not an excellence in Oscar worthy material, but it was sufficient, adequate, clever enough, carrying proudly an important message about man messing with nature with a solid set of interesting and distinguishable characters that you COULD ROOT FOR. Here we get four generic stereotypes with everyone else achieving satellite plot material with no characterization whatsoever and the lack of common logic and a brain. The amount I facepalmed myself in the projected proceedings is quite astonishing - from people deciding that the park is SAFE after the dinosaurs are running wild, to "let's explore this restricted area with broken fences (by dinosaurs) particularly now that they are cancelling all the rides for safety reasons". The sheer stupidity that is being displayed is excruciating to say at least and frankly insulting. In the first film, the characters have to make difficult choices in order to survive or to protect the children. Nothing felt forced. In the fourth instalment, everything is stretching the event believability since no one is acting smart. Prerodactyls are close- so why not put yourself in the massive hotel next door to protect yourself? Why are you standing in the middle of a frantic crowd? Why you do not display any emotion of fear or agony when people are getting munched one by one? OH dear....very bad indeed. Try to say this line with a straight face: " we need more teeth!". On the other hand, there is a subplot involving InGen (which makes no sense, this company should have been broke after the last three fiascos!) and Vincent D'Onofrio's character that has been handled so poorly that if it was removed from the finished product, it could potentially increase the film's quality.
|Trained raptors. Starts ok....then de-escalates to sheer stupidity|
Characters: Story could be ridiculously stupid, but at least maybe, maybe the characters could be engaging to some degree. Well, not in "Jurassic World". Having stereotypes does not help either. This is the 21st century, and we have seen films with complex close to real life characters against stacked odds, complicated situations and fish-out-of-the-water scenarios and although I am not against women being portrayed more feminine - not every single woman in the films has to be tough - Bryce Dallas Howard's character come off as very poorly written indeed. Not only she is immediately annoying, she still wears heels even when a T-REX is chasing her (while she had plenty of chance to change into some more practical clothes). And she even outruns him. WTF? Nuked the fridge? Jumped the shark? Outrun the T-rex in heels is the new trend. Chris Pratt is ok, since his character is one dimensional, sprouting the usual "nature" philosophies, only this time it is coming from a far less interesting personality. Both actors are not to be blamed and it is such a shame because their casting is at least inspiring and could have been way more with a more focused and coherent story. The less we speak about the kids, the better. Whereas in the first, the dorky almost likeable actions of the kids were causing trouble, here we have two brothers: the teenager one looking like a bored 70 year old in a park filled with DINOSAURS and exclusive VIP access. Try to like this one! Other actors with smaller roles are literally dino-walking lunches and serve no purpose to the plot. Their somewhat grizzly demises are meant to be shocking but for someone who we just saw a few minutes ago, why we should care?
Dinosaurs: Some of the special effects are very good, but still the wide shots of the park can be seen as totally computer generated and instantly a point of realism is removed. At least they will make up for dinosaurs and those that we haven't seen before (like the underwater one). Well they are disappointing with not much of a screentime and when they appear they fail to cause any impact. Too much CGI and very few animatronics (who cost less!!!). The infamous Indominus Rex has one or two shining moments but most of the times it is acting as the primary villain with a scheme (I am not making this up) whereas the latter part of the film is populated by the fan favourites', the trained! velociraptors. Yes as the promotional trailers have suggested, the raptors now are fully trained to hunt down stuff. Despite being a ridiculous idea, in someone else's hands it could work (somehow), but its resolution and execution is so over the top that the movie at the end has what I called "dino moments". Dinos running in slow motion with triumphant music, dinos talking, dinos hunting, dinos socialising ( I seriously not making this up), and finally dinos parting ways (you have to see this to believe it)! It is so bad, it is good.
|Not Howard's fault, but this character is making one idiotic choice after another and she can outrun a T-rex..in heels!|
So this is "Jurassic world". A terrible attempt to capitalise on the "Jurassic park " franchise and so far it seemed that it worked. People would love to see another JP entry. But marks my words. The word of mouth will be bad. The cliched characters, the lack of surprises, the mediocre cinematography, the gigantic plotholes and the humanised dinosaurs make this park, a cheap touristic attraction.
+ well made (mostly)
+ good cast
+ kills are a bit grizzlier than I thought
+ Indominux Rex is not as bad as I thought...
- but it serves as the primary villain (!)
- characters are cliched, boring, unlikeable
- with serious gaps of logic in their brain
- generic monster movie, rehashed
- dinosaurs are used as characters
- mediocre cinematography
- boring direction