Benjamin Maio Mackay
Jurassic World - 4 Stars
The gates of the park open for the first time in 22 years* and it is a spectacle!
What surprised me about this film is the fact I enjoyed it more than the original. This is a rare case of the sequel being better than the first film. It features a strong cast lead by Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio was the surprising scene-stealer in the film and it is unfortunate that his role was limited to “typical villain.” Pratt’s role was similar to his part in Guardians of the Galaxy, but this was slightly more cynical. While he may be getting type cast he is playing to his strengths of performing charming, charismatic and somewhat cynical roles. Bryce Dallas Howard was superb and her performance would’ve easily fitted into a much more dramatic/serious film.
This is by no means an overly intellectual film, but it is enjoyable. I was often frightened by the gory (sometimes overly gory) battle sequences. I felt emotionally for all our leading characters and the 3D cinematography made me feel like I was actually in the park.
Overall the movie has a strong cast, an enjoyable plot and my only criticism is that sometimes it can be overly graphic – either way it is still a really strong movie.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Pictures
* I am aware of the fact there is a Jurassic Park 2 & 3, but this film destroys that from cannon – making this technically the first sequel to Jurassic Park.