Thursday, March 10, 2016

Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

Movie: Jurassic World (2015)

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, & Derek Connolly

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, B.D. Wong, Irrfan Khan, Ty Simpkins, & Nick Robinson 

One-Line Plot Synopsis: In order to push sales and attendance at the Jurassic World theme park, scientists there have created a new hybrid dinosaur who escapes and starts going rampage at the park.

If you would have asked me in 2013 who would be the next breakthrough movie superstar in the World and given me 25 guesses as to who I thought it could possibly be, I don't even think Chris Pratt would have been on my radar.  I loved him in Parks and Recreation and his bit parts in movies like Her, Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball, and Wanted but he had never even been the main star of a movie of his own. But here we are, a couple years later and his last three movies have been megahits and are all in line to be big time movie franchises.

Guardians of the Galaxay made $333 million ($774 million worldwide)
The LEGO Movie made $258 million ($468 million worldwide)
Jurassic World made $652 million ($1.67 billion worldwide)

That's $1,243,000,000 in the US and $2,912,000,000 Worldwide over just his last three movies.  That's insane...especially if those are your first 3 starring roles.

After the first Jurassic Park movie, which still holds up by the way, the next two movies were pretty much hot garbage.  Granted, the Lost World put a pretty big stink on the franchise itself (even if it made oogles of money), so the third movie was pretty much destined to not be very well received unless it was undeniably great.  It's not like you've ever heard someone bring up Jurassic Park III ever in you life since the movie actually came out.  Who even remember a single thing from that movie?

Jurassic World is pretty much what you'd expect from a big budget action flick these days. Very much in the same realm of The Avengers or The Fast and the Furious, it's all about big explosions and cool looking monsters and aliens than it really is about anything else.  It's a popcorn flick that you go to see for pure entertainment, and as long as you don't expect anything more than that, you'll probably be satisfied.  Chris Pratt is good and witty as always and Bryce Dallas Howard is pretty decent as his love interest.  They kind of play co-leads as they have their own individual storylines going on during the film.

Jake Johnson is always pleasant to see in any movie and provides some comic relief a la Samuel L. Jackson in the first movie.  

Both little kids in this movie are pretty bad but the youngest kid is especially terrible.  Is it really that hard to find a kid to be in a movie that won't infuriate the audience?  That kid doesn't really have to do anything special in this movie and he just smiles the entire film like he's at his buddy's 8th birthday party.  

Rating: 6/10