620. Jurassic World

620-jurassic-worldBackground info

Title: Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Year: 2015
Run time: 2hrs 4m

“The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities. When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.”

Live blog

2:06 – Always thought crows had massive feet. Or not.
3:46 – “Answer your phone. I’m serious. It’s the green button.”
5:47 – The original gates. Wow!
8:07 – Genetically modified dinosaurs is a really bad idea. The word spliced rings so many alarm bells.
9:51 – Love the little DNA thing from the first one!
13:08 – It looks like Center Parcs. But with dinosaurs, I guess.
20:56 – An army of dinosaurs also seems like a really bad idea.
24:23 – Laughing at the meme has slightly ruined the tension of this moment.
30:22 – Itinerary for a date sounds okay to me!
44:04 – Mission control is so much more fancy than it used to be.
45:24 – This is just like Alien, but in Hawaii!
46:54 – Camouflage dinosaur is amazing! (Terrifying.)
52:25 – “You didn’t ask for reality, you asked for more teeth.”
52:46 – Jimmy Fallon on the gyrosphere! WOW!
58:58 – Phone vibrate is just the worst noise, whether you’re hiding from a dinosaur or not.
1:07:09 – Living the bickering between these two.
1:08:40 – The old visitor centre! Amazingly nostalgic!
1:25:35 – “No, no, him! Definitely him.” I don’t blame ‘em although she’s doing well for those heels.
1:31:26 – Jeez, raptors are fast.
1:33:13 – Also, whoever would have thought the raptors would be the good guys?
1:40:57 – “You never mention him.” “No, I’m at work.” Ha! Love it.
1:44:33 – Confused by a hologram.
1:49:57 – Trouble with this fight is, I don’t know which one is which.

Conclusions

I loved this. It can never get close to the first film, which has something special that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it undoes a lot of the damage of the two sequels. Chris Pratt does an excellent job in the title role, although I feel like it wasn’t too much of a stretch – guy being skeptical about crazy people messing with dinosaur DNA – who wouldn’t be?

I did like the banter between him and Bryce, and she turned out to be a pretty good character herself, going through a nice evolution and having the great idea at the end to all but solve the situation.

I think a lot of what was great about this film was just the nostalgia of revisiting Jurassic Park/World. Seeing what they’ve done with the place since, spotting Dr Wu in action, and then the bits where they go back to the actual visitor centre of old. My heart was doing flip-flops at that point.

So yea, I loved it. It wasn’t a masterpiece but it was a really good job, with some inventive thinking and some genuinely scary moments.

Rating: 5/5.

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