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Movie review: Jurassic World

Ros Hull

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, the island now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and with visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. imdb

Of course it does.

I saw this last night at the premiere at Dendy and they made the unfortunate decision to show it in 3D. Please, please do not bother paying extra to do so. It is flat, it is fuzzy and adds absolutely nothing to the film. In fact the clip I saw on my old kitchen TV this morning was clearer than what I saw last night. So I am struggling not to let that experience influence my review of the film.

It is more of what you like – and apparently that is not a bad thing – because the three trailers we saw were for the next James Bond, the next Star Wars (still love the originals enough to be excited about this) and a reboot of The Terminator (which, again, looks ok).

So I guess originality isn’t everything?

Chris Pratt was suitably hunky and heroic, what I could see of him, and Bryce Dallas Howard did ok as the misguided operations manager. Other actors variously chewed the scenery or played for laughs. But I don’t think anyone was there for the humans.

I wanted chills, I wanted action and I wanted munching dinosaurs and, for the most part, that’s what I got. There were a couple of very good moments buried under the grandstanding and the multitudinal, reverential references to the first park and the first film.

I didn’t expect much from the story so it didn’t disappoint, even had a nice denouement. However the cheesy family / romantic coda didn’t work for me. And I did roll my eyes in the dark as Vincent D’Onofrio ranted about weaponising small dinosaurs for combat. Guess what the sequel will be?

However, in a post Walking With Dinosaurs world the thing I wanted most was living, breathing dinosaurs. The raptors have real personality and some of the gentler species were adorable. The flying species gave me a start and the gigantic sea creature was, well gigantic. It just didn’t have the wow factor that the original did – but I was struggling to see any of them clearly.

Please don’t let my comments top you from seeing this – what I have seen on TV looks amazing and I may even give it another shot in 2D. Just don’t bother with 3D.

Roslyn saw this film as a guest of Dendy Cinemas.

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Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author