Just a quickie, haven’t blogged for a very (very) long time, but something today inspired me to write one.
Today I relived my childhood by experiencing Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow’s revamp of the 1990’s Spielberg inspired trilogy (although Jurassic Park 3 was actually directed by Joe Johnston). Despite the epicness of the occasion, I went in with low expectations. In my opinion, not only was the series better left alone, but I didn’t think it was possible to live up to the original films, a little more about that later.
The plot from start to finish was unsurprising and mostly predictable. Costa Rican island Isla Nublar has been turned into a tourist’s wet dream with the creation of Jurassic World, a theme park to experience genetically created dinosaurs. Nothing new so far? Well with attendances dipping slightly and the board of directors wanting bigger and more dangerous dinos, the scientists create a ‘super dinosaur’ which – wouldn’t you believe it – is so smart it escapes. It’s hard to tell what sort of direction they were aiming for, parts of the film were so far-fetched, so mindbogglingly unreal that it was laughable. Literally. There were plenty of moments where I couldn’t help but smirk, it’s almost like I was watching a film eh? But ignoring my obvious cynicism, I think they were primarily targeting the new generation of Jurassic fans, focussing on attracting kids, and who can blame them? They knew full well that nothing could keep the nostalgia hunters away. I mean just look at this guy …
The film regularly hinted at original films, teasing the fans of the series. The communications controller Lowery owning an original park t-shirt purchased from eBay for example, aswell as the original entrance to the park still standing, and visits to the old park’s abandoned buildings on the island. Then it really got down to the nitty gritty. What 99% of people went for, the actual dinosaurs. Despite CGI shots of the park being frankly laughable at times, the actual dinos weren’t too bad. Again, I went in with low expectations after seeing the trailers and screenshots, but when the actual action began and they crossed claws, I enjoyed it.
Acting throughout was bland, but with little depth in storyline and no real creative room for the actor’s to put a stamp on their respective roles, this was unsurprising. Didn’t think much of Chris Pratt before, and saw nothing to make me change my mind.
Overall I can say Jurassic World was exactly what I expected. Despite the outrageous price I was charged for my ticket (yes I understand the need for inflation, but how out of touch is the film industry with the average person? Supply and demand my arse, just leading to more piratebay users daily) I enjoyed the film. It was fun, a tongue in cheek action packed American cheesefest, filled to the brim with one-liners and CGI. Go see it. Or don’t. But it is watchable.
Should you rejoice at opportunities to experience nostalgia? Or can they tarnish old memories and ruin the series? It is a fine line to cross, one Toy Story 3 nailed (although the recently announced Toy Story 4 is pushing it) and one I hope with all my heart Star Wars nails this Christmas.