Bryce Dallas Howard
“Jurassic World” takes place 22 years after the disaster at Jurassic Park on the island Isla Nublar. At this point, the company InGen has successfully reintroduced dinosaurs to a controlled environment and the island has become a fully functioning theme park. The only issue for the staff is a dip in the number of visitors.
To bring in new guests and bump sales, an operation is done to create a new dinosaur attraction by combining multiple bits of DNA. The plan backfires, though, and to help get the situation under control, Claire, the parks’ director played by Bryce Dallas Howard, calls in Owen, a former member of the Navy, played by Chris Pratt, who has trained raptors.
Director Colin Trevorrow really knew what he was doing with this picture as it’s the first film from the sequels to recapture the feeling of magic and adventure the first film had. The emotion, humor, feeling of wonder, thrills and suspense are here and it all blends together about as perfect as you could ask for.
From beginning to end, “Jurassic World” takes the audience on the best adventure of the summer. Balancing out the dramatic scenes with dinosaurs, the film also had more heartfelt pieces, reminiscent of the moment in the original with the sick triceratops.
Additionally, many of the same questions about creating these types of animals for an amusement park are brought up. This is done in a really good scene featuring Dr. Henry Wu, the park’s primary lab worker, played by BD Wong, and the company’s owner, Simon Masrani, played by Irrfan Khan.
All of this leads up to the best climax we have seen so far this summer. Simply put, there is a colossal battle that keeps a person on the edge of their seat. The conclusion to the film is why audiences go to summer movies.
“Jurassic World” is also helped by its characters who were well developed. The best character was leading man Pratt as Owen. Like his performance in last year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Pratt controls the screen when he’s on with his balanced delivery of witty humor and serious drama. Owen is the type of person who people rally behind, too, which was a perfect fit.
The character Claire was also solid in the picture. Her by-the-books, focus on finances, delivered well by Howard, was a good contrast with Owen. But what was really good about her character was she had some depth, mainly due to her responsibility to care for her two nephews who are visiting the island at the time of the crisis.
The two nephews are Gray, played by Ty Simpkins, and Zach, played by Nick Robinson. These two younger characters were a welcome addition to the film and gave another view of the park. The two main characters are behind the scenes and show most of the technical aspects of the park, however, the two younger characters give the audience a look at what “Jurassic World” is actually like. It’s the film’s way of showing what it would be like to go there and it works well. The film functions particularly well thanks to the two young actors delivering such good performances.
The one character who was a bit of a sour spot in the picture was Hoskins, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. Hoskins is a character who only cared about using the dinosaurs for military purposes and didn’t worry about the ethics behind it. The character just came off as way too generic and D’Onofrio played the character a little too over the top.
On a visual note, the movie looks great. The filmmakers created a real-life looking park for dinosaurs. The movie’s more climactic moments all made for a thrilling experience. There were some moments where the characters were hiding from dinosaurs and the effects looked so good, it was like watching the original all over again. Speaking of which, this film also has plenty of really nice call backs to the first movie.
“Jurassic World” does have a few flaws that keep it from getting a perfect score. D’Onofrio didn’t work and the story had some predictable elements. With that said, though, this was a fantastic, fun-filled movie and is worth the price of admission seeing it on the big screen. High 4 out of 5.
This review was first published in the June 12th edition of the Wahpeton Daily News.