Jurassic World is set twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park at Isla Nublar, which now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
I must admit, I did have tears of nostalgia and joy as I watched the opening scenes of Jurassic World as the theme song sweeped the audience back onto the island of dinosaurs we were originally transported to more than twenty years ago.
And it was a little heavy on that nostalgia part, with “easter egg” moments dotted throughout the film, but the awe and wonder wasn’t enough as it might have been when the originals graced out screens. Like Bryce Dallas Howard’s character mentions within the film, corporate wanted to “up the wow factor” as audience’s aren’t as easily amazed nowadays with the technology and science that has clearly well advanced over the quarter of a century.
There’s one MAJOR thing that I would like to commend Bryce Dallas Howard on though – it’s the fact that she spent 90% of the film running around in stilettos. I can barely walk in the things so running in them at full pelt? A massive props to you.
One thing I was kind of craving in the film, and another hopeful “easter egg” moment at that, was an appearance by Jeff Goldblum, as I know a majority of the audience who may or may not have been fans of the originals were secretly hoping also. A nice little hats off to the original trilogy but alas, this wish wasn’t unfortunately granted and the film held up aptly on its own.
Although there were some moments were the CGI was a bit worrying and quite obvious (at least to me), there were some breathtaking moments that kept you on the edge of your seat in excitement. And I do have to say, my favourite dinosaur was the Mosasaurus, or the large sea creature enclosed in the lagoon. This particular dinosaur wasn’t featured heavily and only appeared a few times throughout the film, but it wasn’t something that needed to be shown frequently and that’s what made the Mosasaurus’ appearances more jaw-droppingly awesome.
And of course, we can’t forget the Velociraptor’s, the crowd-favourite friends of Pratt’s character that came to save the day. They will always and forever hold a precious place in my heart.
Jurassic World is definitely a nostalgic friendly film.