JURASSIC WORLD [a Film Review]

In 1993, Michael Crichton’s science fiction-thriller novel, “Jurassic Park”, was adapted into the critically-acclaimed film of the same name. Back then, helmed by world-renowned director-producer Steven Spielberg, the film was a box-office smash and praised for its use of ground-breaking advances in computer generated imagery, mixed with practical effects.

Since I was a kid, I had been fascinated with dinosaurs and science. From my toys to my doodles, they were always about dinosaurs. I honestly cannot remember how it became that way, but it could have something to do with the TV re-runs of 1993’s Jurassic Park. 22 years after the first release, director Colin Trevorrow figured to take people like me, who grew up with Jurassic Park, back to where it all began.

2015 saw the release of Jurassic World, a continuation of the film series that started in 1993. The movie builds upon the world set up 22 years ago, giving a fresh take to the pseudo-realism of science’s impact on the society.

The story was well-crafted, wasting no time trying to overly-explain the situation to this modern world where dinosaurs had become a norm. Critical characters, both humans and dinosaurs, are quickly introduced with just the right amount of backstory and explanation. Honestly, we all know this “paradise theme-park” is bound to fail (remember Ian Malcolm’s Chaos Theory? Anyone?). Luckily for action-seekers, this film quickly becomes the action-thriller it was always meant to be.

Main and new casts, Indomimus Rex, Mosasaurus, and the raptors (Blue, Charlie, Delta, Echo) played a spectacular performance, and the special cameo appearance of an original actor from the first film sealed the deal. Oh, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were pretty good too.

One of the key aspects that made the first film so memorable was the music. World-famous composer John Williams returns to score for a film 65 million years in the making. Just listening to those familiar tunes would bring you back to your childhood faster than a harp could.

Jurassic World serves as a good homage and modern take to the legendary film series, while restarting again to introduce this new world to a new generation. The park is open, just as the journey back to the land before time had started. Paraphrasing the iconic line by the late Richard Attenborough, “Welcome… to Jurassic World.”

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