FILM REVIEW: Jurassic World Takes Us On A Wild Ride
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins
Jurassic Park holds a special place in most of our hearts so there is some serious nostalgic expectation attached to this modern reboot of the childhood favourite.
Does it live up to this expectation? We're happy to report that it does.
Set twenty-two years after its Steven Spielberg-directed predecessor (The Lost World and Jurassic Park III are neatly skipped over), the film finds Isla Nubla transformed into dinosaur theme park Jurassic World.
With Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) at the helm, the park is struggling to hold the interest of the public and has begun to create genetically modified dinosaurs in order to shock and entertain the public.
Of course, when you're dealing with DNA and carnivorous animals, things are very swiftly take a turn for the worse and this nicely sets up the premise of the movie.
Raptor trainer Owen (a ruggedly handsome Chris Pratt) is on hand to help the Jurassic World team when their latest creation goes rogue and breaks out of captivity, while simultaneously trying to win over the uptight Claire.
At just over two hours, Jurassic World doesn't serve up too many surprises but keeps a steady pace across the course of the movie.
Some of the green screen backdrops look a little fake in places but the 3D action sequences are very impressive and the moments of (unbelievably) hammy dialogue are easily forgiven as the film doesn't take itself too seriously.
Dallas Howard's cold and composed portrayal of Claire is the perfect foil to Pratt's relaxed and likely Owen but some of the greatest moments of the movie are provided by the support cast, including Irrfan Khan as owner Masrati, New Girl's Jack Johnson as lovestruck employee Lowery, Lauren Lapkus as Vivian and the always reliable Vincent D'Onofrio as Hoskins.
This is a solid two hours of entertainment that offers something for everyone and will please all ages.