So, I am not a fan of Jurassic Park Trilogy. Nor am I a dinosaur-geek. Chris Pratt isn’t my type either. Which prompted me to went in with as little expectation as possible, prepared for typical summer movies that would at least have awesome fighting scenes because, you know, dinosaurs. And even then I still left with an eye-roll.
22 years after the event of Jurassic Park, the Isla Nublar is now a fully functioning entertainment park with dinosaurs as their main attraction. But revenues are declining and so they decided to create something new to attract more tourist.
Something bigger, scarier, with more teeth.
Of course, when does anything ever goes right?
I wished that I would at least be able to enjoy the movie the way I do Pacific Rim, but I didn’t. Cause while the latter was armed with joyfully pleasing fights between Kaiju and Jaeger, Jurassic World failed to deliver any particularly breathtaking fights. And they have various dinosaurs in their disposal. Which is very sad and such a waste. You can argue all you want but for someone with far too high of tolerance to violence like me, Jurassic World is too much of a PG-13 and left no room for any truly savage fights and bloodbath.
That really doesn’t bode well with me because Jurassic World set itself up to be a slow burn. So slow that I spent the first twenty minutes or so checking my wristwatch hoping time will go faster so we can just cut to the chase and get some action. Because let’s face it, we already know how it’s going to play out, and there are no surprise as the story progress. But, I suppose even a story so bland could survive if they have good actors in their arsenal. And Jurassic World unfortunately does not because by god, I know the brothers were meant to be audience surrogate that would enable us to experience the wonder of Jurassic World and the fear after the I.Rex escaped, but can’t you at least make them a tiny bit more interesting? I mean, I do appreciate that they are not entirely useless when they are left to their own devices, but that’s all that they are. Both Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt’s character are also generic, albeit there were some subtle instances where they make fun of the usual stereotype. Like that scene when Claire dressed down and Owen doesn’t get her, or when Owen stopped and offered her his hand only for Claire to run past him for her life. Those were nice. Although I still don’t get why Hollywood insist on a half-baked love line. Must they kiss? Can’t they just stay friends? What the hell is wrong with two friends fighting for their life side by side? Hawkeye and Black Widow pulled that off, yanno #derailed. But shit, you got Chris Pratt and Vincent D’Onofrio, and for what? A tense clash of interest that ended prematurely? Yeah, right. Such a waste. At least Jake Johnson’s Lowery make up for it because he’s adorable. But everyone else…I could barely remember.
I guess, though, that ultimately Jurassic World fell short because even after all that’s said and done, it failed to deliver what we’ve been waiting for: the thrill of being chased by the Indominus Rex. Despite making references that the audiences want something more and bigger after they got so used to the spectacle-slash-CGI and the dinosaurs, Trevorrow does not take his own advice and instead presented a toothless sequences that gave no thrilling pleasure at all. The potential was there, it could have been so much more, but Jurassic World opted to tone down the total chaos and scariness of having dangerous dinosaurs on the loose. Which is not okay at all, because even the final battle failed to got me gripping my handrest, and the chasing scene was not memorable except for the scene where Chris Pratt ride his motorcycle in the middle of a pack of Velociraptor because he is the Alpha. And yes, I know he’s a badass. But he’s Star Lord, so what do you expect?
However, I’ve been told repeatedly by two of my closest friends that it will be hard for a non-fan to understand why they’re raving about this movie and why they consider this movie as a great love letter for the original trilogy. And that’s okay. But for me, this movie is mediocre at best. Because while it’s a decent entertainment, it failed to deliver any memorable dinosaurs-fight experience and the slow burn did not pay off. Plus, Jurassic World did passed the Bechdel Test, which is an impressive feat for this kind of movie. And I found Claire commendable for going through everything with a high heels on. Still, Jurassic World will only be another addition to the long list of “could have been so much better” movies for me.
Director: Colin Trevorrow. Writer: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly. Released on: 10 June 2015. Casts: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio.