Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jurassic World

Jurassic World 2015
The park is open
Last night I finallllllly watched Jurassic World with my dino-crazed cousin Velizzieraptor Elisabeth and my buddy Jarcheaoceratops Jarco. Scheduling our movie date proved quite challenging, but in the end we made it work. Hooray for us. To prepare for #JW I reread Michael Crichton's 1990 classic Jurassic Park, watched all three movies (twice), read every article I could get in front of me - I highly recommend The Cult of 'Jurassic Park' and 3 Nerdy Jurassic Park Footnotes... by Grantland's Bryan Curtis -, and went through every Jurassic Park pin out there. I did all this so that, not unlike a Pterodactyl, I could hit the ground running and absorb EVERYTHING in the movie. Is it obvious yet that I'm the biggest Jurassic Park dork?

Jurassic World 2015

The skinny

Twenty-two years after the original Jurassic Park fiasco, a new park, Jurassic World, is now operating on Isla Nublar. To keep the public interested, Claire Dearing (Ron's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard), the park's operations manager, tasks chief geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) with creating a new dinosaur. He comes up with the Indominus Rex, which is part Tyrannosaurus/part top secret, and wholly made of nightmares. Jurassic World owner Simon Masrani (Life of Pi actor Irrfan Khan), upon seeing the Indominus, orders Claire to have Raptors tamer Owen Grady (Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt) evaluate the hybrid's enclosure before the new attraction opens. When the Indominus escapes, all hell breaks loose on the island. How many will die? And what will happen to Claire's nephews Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins)?
Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man. Universal inherits the earth.

The review

The people wanted another Jurassic movie, so much is for certain. The dinosaur thriller topped the $1 billion mark after just 13 days in theaters, surpassing Furious 7's previous record of 17 days. That is in no small part because of director Colin Trevorrow's care and respect for the Steven Spielberg franchise. Jurassic World is in principle both a remake and a sequel of Jurassic Park, peppered with nostalgic easter eggs harkening back to Spielberg's 1993 classic. 

Jurassic World easter eggs

I loved Jurassic World for several reasons. It showed the Park in operation, for one, which is awesome. The petting zoo was absolutely adorable, the Mosasaurus feeding show was a cool addition, and I appreciated how they turned the park into a luxury resort with a shopping street and a golf course. Seeing Hammond's vision come to life and then some is a real treat. Additionally I really enjoyed the subtle but very real shift from "showing animals to the people" in JP to "enhancing animals to please the consumer" in JW. It hammers home a great point about how quickly we become bored with things and how we always want it bigger, louder and with more teeth. How did we become so perpetually unimpressed?

Apart from seeing the park in full operation and Trevorrow's meta-adoration, which on its own could stand as a movie in my book, Jurassic World offers plenty of spectacle. I guarantee you'll feel like a kid again!

Update: There will be a sequel.

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