Jurassic World: Movie Review

Finally, it's here. After being in development hell for a decade or so, the latest iteration of the Jurassic Park series has roared back to life. Was "Jurassic World" worth the ungodly wait? Definitely yes. Does it exceed the original film's accomplishment and pioneerism? Not really. What "Jurassic World" turns out to be is less than what the first film is but more than what the second and third iterations were. "Jurassic World", while honestly on a lesser extent, encapsulates the wonderment, the awe, the suspense and the craziness that defined this film franchise more than two decades ago - and that fact, is simply good enough for us.

Twenty two years after the Isla Nublar incident, the Park Operations Manager of Jurassic World, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the arrival of her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins). Claire has no time for the distraction of the two visiting kids as the owner of the park, Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), has also arrived and wants Claire to accompany him to see their latest prized possession, a genetically modified dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex. Simon wants Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a velociraptor expert and trainer, to evaluate Indominus' enclosure. Upon Owen's arrival, it seems that they cannot find Indominus inside its cage. Worry turns into panic as they realize that the dino turns out to be smarter than they made it to be and seems to find ways to escape and thwart all efforts to stop it.

What simply matters with "Jurassic World" is its extremely fun to watch. It may not be as revolutionary and evolutionary as its predecessor but this latest iteration is able to capture the magic and awe that made the first film so breath taking to watch. This is a major achievement in an era where audiences are so used to seeing a barrage of CGI effects that they, more or less, have lost their luster. "Jurassic World" found a way to really impress us with a mix of stellar dinosaur's and incredible fight scenes. The best of which is the final, climactic dinosaur brawl that pits old adversaries against new ones. That scene probably encapsulates why this film turns out to be incredible. It harkens back to the old while pitting newer, more modern issues in tow. While the film wasn't perfect, it had several inconsistencies and plot holes along the way, most of it was forgivable considering its final output. Simply put, "Jurassic World" is a worthy sequel and worth the wait. It's fun to watch, it's visually breath taking and it has a little mad science included in the mix - variables that defined the greatness of "Jurassic Park".

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- visually stellar and still breath taking
- incredible acting from its lead
- a worthy successor to "Jurassic Park"

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it has several plot holes

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