here. But we arent talking about Mad Max. Its another iconic movie which got resurrected this weekend. It redefined movie making and set a gold standard in visual effects. After 20 years, the park is finally open!
Exactly as it sounds, the movie's premise is set around 20 years after the events of the very first movie. John Hammond's company Ingen has been taken over by Masrani Corp which took steps in reopening the park. We begin our journey in a thriving park branded as "Jurassic World" which has reached a saturation point. So, in order to improve business, the people behind the park undertake genetic remodelling to deliver a new hybrid dinosaur titled "Indominus Rex". However, as it is with these movies, things quickly go out of hand and the events unfold with chaos, thrills and destruction being the chief parameters.
Story & Direction: It was interesting to see the writing approach which was taken for this movie. Although it looked unconventional, it wasnt. In fact, this was a natural direction the franchise had to take in order to survive. Lets face it, another Jurassic Park movie where humans are hunted by dinosaurs freely roaming around would not have set the cash registers ringing at the box office. What the writers do instead is exactly the same thing but with an exception of making humans feel that they are in complete control before things go haywire. When the credits rolled, I was thinking, well this is an ending that I have seen before! Having said that, I still feel that this is a logical yet safe direction which the makers could have taken.
The screenplay was typical Jurassic Park style where we have some good little comical nuggets blended in with some thrills and heavy duty dino action. The pace was decent but felt rushed at some places. The dialogues were good enough though compared to the previous sequels. The thing which I liked in the writing was the homage which was paid to the original Jurassic Park and the finale which felt kind of cheesy yet cool at the same time.
Considering that this was Colin Trevorrow's 1st real big budget movie, I would use the word "phenomenal" in terms of the work which he did. He knew the source material really well and treated it with atmost respect. He didnt do many adventurous things in the movie and choose to play safe most of the times. It paid off and the end result is really good piece of work. Hope I see more of his movies.
Visuals & Effects: This movie worked purely because of its thrills. The effects and visuals played a huge role on it. Having said that, at some instances, the effects really felt unfinished or bland. But overall, people who see the movie would be happy to see near life like dinosaurs again ruling the big screen.
The Cast: If you set aside the dinosaurs, the movie was carried on mostly by 4 principal cast members. Chris Pratt is having a really nice career off late with Marvel and now Jurassic Park knocking on the door. He shows a good mature performance with a comical turn and timing which only he is capable of. In other words, he is in red hot form.
Bryce Dallas Howard is seen on screen after a long time and she provides a decent enough performance. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins are the kids in distress this time around and they also turn in a good performance. The supporting cast of Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy & BD Wong (the scientist from the original movie) provide a strong support in driving the story narration forward.
Bottomline: Traditional yet modern, Jurassic World has the essence of the original movie but lacks the finishing touches due to a predictable ending. However, it does have its own moments like the final battle which gives you goose bumps and takes you back to the days of John Hammond when he filled up the screen and said "Welcome to Jurassic Park!".