Fourth in the “Jurassic Park” movie series, “Jurassic World” proves that some people just don’t learn from others’ mistakes in the past.   Taking place decades after the original movie, the idea for a Jurassic Park has turned into a full blown theme park called Jurassic World.  New technology is in place to control the dinosaurs; but the old way of thinking — profits over safety; believing that large, extremely powerful and dangerous, genetically engineered animals can be fully controlled and contained — still exists.  As you may have guessed, the newest Frankensteinasaurus escapes, causing a domino effect that releases more dinosaurs, giving the audience shocks and giggles when we see the puny humans devoured by the animals they paid to see.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have the starring roles as a dinosaur trainer and the manager of Jurassic World, respectively.  Pratt basically plays the same character he did in “Guardians Of The Galaxy”: smart-ass, charming, and witty with a heart of gold.  Howard starts is an ice queen whose entire reason for being is to manage Jurassic World in the most efficient, cost effective way; but her character arc was a bit of a surprise to me, and that’s always a good thing, because a predictable movie sucks.  The Pratt and Howard characters are polar opposites that manage a very good chemistry that adds to the appeal of this movie when the crap hits the fan and the running, screaming and dying begin.

One of my most memorable, movie moments is the prolonged attack on Howard’s assistant.  Fought over by multiple dinosaurs, she is tossed, flipped, dropped, grabbed, scooped up and finally eaten.  This part will either make you cringe or laugh.  I did both.

Another memorable, movie moment is the scene that has the first appearance of a Mosasaur, an aquatic dinosaur the size of a whale with a mouth bigger than the average car.  Too bad the wow factor is severely diminished due to the endless commercials showing the entrance of this beast.

And now, for my most memorable, movie moment of “Jurassic World”: the scene when Pratt tells Howard that she has no business going out into the wild looking for Howard’s nephews.  Howard rolls up her sleeves and ties the ends of her dress shirt into a knot by her stomach, hinting to Pratt that she’s ready for action.  Pratt asks her what all that is supposed to mean.  Ha ha, funny stuff.  Unfortunately, it does decrease the tension quite a bit, and the movie does that quite often; and that’s not what you want to do when this kind of story is in full swing and it’s a life and death situation for everyone on the island.

Overall, “Jurassic World” is a very good, highly entertaining movie.  Sure, there are things that doesn’t make sense, for example: Pratt being able to somewhat train the raptors, supposedly because he was there when they were born and they imprinted on him.  Huh?  These are velociraptors, not ducks.  Whatever, I give this movie a pass on the shenanigans, because it delivered on its main purpose.  Yes, Maximus, I was very much entertained.

— M

 

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