When Jurassic Park released in the 90’s it took the global box office by storm and mesmerized the audience across the globe. Jurassic Park was the first Hollywood film which was dubbed in Hindi, and it reached a wide number of audiences across India. I remember watching it in a projection room inside the erstwhile Cine Aroma (now Sathya) theatre in Palakkad in Kerala with my father. If my memory serves me right it was my first Hollywood film on the big screen. Since then times have changed, now people do not get excited by just a few action set-pieces. In fact more people die on screen in summer blockbusters in the first 15 minutes, than in entire Jurassic Series films. I was somewhat disappointed by The Lost World, following which I have not even bothered to watch part 3 of the franchise.
Like most big budget Hollywood films, Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who has just directed one film “Safety Not Guaranteed.” I am pretty sure he did not have a say in the final edit in this film. To give it’s due Colin Trevorrow seems to have huge respect for the Jurassic Park. In fact at some point you feel you are almost watching Jurassic Park all over again, what with so many homages to the film. The first half, actually bores you with no action or thrills. We are supposed to fall in love with this park, the aerial shoots of the place are breathtaking but that’s it, after a point you ask can we focus on story instead of park. Let us also remember a entire new generation has not seen films like Jurassic park and The Matrix.In fact I thought it was kind of meta, when Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) tells that every time a new attraction is added there is a spike in the park’s attendance, maybe she was referring to new dinosaurs in the movie.
The film has a script which goes everywhere so we have a romance between the Alpha Male (Chris Pratt) and the Operations Manager. The man thinks as she wears heels she is not good to stay in the jungle. Then we have two kids; the younger one as usual is obsessed with stats, while elder is a kind of douche bag like all teenagers in Hollywood movies usually are. The characters include a mad scientist, an eccentric Asian millionaire who has to die, a black friend who will be rescued by white alpha male and so on. I am not against tropes in genres films, but it is fine as long as it is entertaining. Here the characters are one dimensional as they get, we do not even seen any growth in the characters.
Colin who gave us the wonderful Safety Not Guaranteed, fails to give us even one moment of genuine thrill in the film. Here we have a climax whose idea probably seems to have come from last year’s Godzilla, the good monster fighting a bad monster is a big letdown.
Jurassic World may be set up in Spielbergian world, but it does not give us the joy or thrill which we experienced in the first movie. At the end of 120 minutes, you feel disappointed. My suggestion would be re-visit Jurassic Park, rather than watching this.Jurassic World also increases our respect for Spielberg who got the balance between storytelling and visual effects right more than once.