IHGB Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’

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Jurassic World

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins
The Trailer:

The Gist:

A dinosaur created in a test tube at the Jurassic Park genetics lab is reared and released into it’s own, natural habitat. Unfortunately, this crazy dinosaur doesn’t like to be cooped up behind walls and decides to go on a killing spree. Whoopsie.

My Thoughts:

  • I adore Chris Pratt and would probably follow him to the ends of the earth. Therefore, seeing this movie during opening week was a no brainer for me.
  • With that said, Mr. Pratt does not play the energetic, snarky guy you may be used to watching on the big (and small) screen. He has a few funny moments, but I would describe his character (Owen) as: Someone who is trying really hard not to die.
  • Owen does not disappoint when it comes to heroic rescues and manly escapes. To quote one of the kids in the movie, “Owen is a bad ass.” Kids these days are so smart.
  • Speaking of the kids, I thought brothers Zach and Gray were perfectly cast. They were scared without being whiny or weak. And somehow they grounded the show by reminding each other that what was happening (read: huge dinosaur hunting them down for sport) on any given day is a highly unlikely occurrence, yet here we are.
  • Do you like action? This movie is for you!
  • Do you like blood, guts and crunching bones? This movie is for you!
  • Do you like romance and chemistry that radiates off the screen? This movie is not for you.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt have very little chemistry. He’s rugged, dirty and his best friends are a pack of raptors. She’s prim, proper and only interested in how much money the park can make. CLEARLY this should be a romance match made in heaven, but it fell flat. Very flat.
  • Jake Johnson (aka: NICK MILLER) is the comic relief in an old school Jurassic Park t-shirt. And he nails it while sporting a sweet mustache.
  • Owen was never shirtless in the entire movie. This baffles me. When you have Chris Pratt’s abs, shoulders, back and general build, why in the world would you leave all that covered up?

Survey Says

Jurassic World recently reached number five on the all-time worldwide box office list. I think any movie that can surpass a ice-wielding princess and wand carrying wizard deserves the $12 ticket to see Pratt on the big screen.

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Laura Jean
July 16, 2015 7:18 pm

Ok, totally agree its worth the $12.

I agree – the chemistry between the two fell flat, and if Bryce Dallas’ character weren’t so dang prim and just a mere bit more rugged, I think the couple could have been a little more believable.

Ho-hum romance, stupid high heel running (I don’t care if Dallas made the choice to run in those things. It didn’t allow for a suspension of disbelief for the viewer), and very poor aim by supposedly highly-rained security personnel aside, I agree – this movie is worth the trip to the theatre. Tips from me:

1. See it in 2-D. The people I know who saw it in 3-D did not like it nearly as much as those who saw it in 2-D. I think the special effects may look a bit more special with that format.

2. Speaking of special effects, I would highly doubt you can appreciate them on even a big at-home screen. The massive theatre screen will illuminate some of the features of this dinosaur, obvious and intricate alike, and doing so will make the movie that more fascinating.

3. Again, seeing it in the theatre is good for the special affects, but in particular the special effects displayed in the scenes’ landscapes. In particular, the very last scene in the movie made me and my inner-nine-year-old-self say “WOW…That’s awesome!” I saw the original back in the day and didn’t expect this one to hold my attention like the first movie did. I was pleasantly surprised that, even with the plot not being as tight as the first, it made me excited to be at the movies again.

July 17, 2015 11:52 am

I agree completely Laura Jean!

July 17, 2015 12:17 pm

I share in your adoration of Chris Pratt. I’ve loved him since Everwood. However.. I think my favorite Pratt is Che from the OC! No one ever seems to mention that Pratt. Maybe it’s front of mind due to seeing Summer Roberts so recently on HOD.. who knows.

July 17, 2015 2:42 pm
Reply to  Lincee

You should watch it! Esp if you are a Rachel Bilson fan

July 21, 2015 3:44 pm
Reply to  Dara

I second recommending The OC! Season 1 foreverrrrrr!

July 21, 2015 3:04 pm

I agree, love the Pratt, but chemistry fell flat flat flat! Hey I made a rhyme, doesn’t happen all the time!

August 5, 2015 7:30 pm

Watching Chris Pratt riding on a motorcycle with a pack of Velociraptors was my main reason for seeing this movie. Holy hotness.

August 8, 2015 5:56 am

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