As part of this week’s Do Something Sunday post I’m focussing on a trip to the cinema to see Jurassic World. In 1992 the world went mad for dinosaurs. I remember being ridiculously excited for Jurassic Park and my parents bought us dinosaur mugs and brought us to see the dinosaur exhibition in Dublin Zoo. I have loved dinosaurs ever since, my favourite being the triceratops. As soon as I heard that there was a new Jurassic Park film being made I knew I’d be going to see it and I couldn’t wait. More good news came in the form that Chris Pratt would be the leading character.
I was lucky to win tickets on Twitter from the lovely people in Universal and I was very excited to attend the premier in Dubin’s Savoy on the 10th of June. Now I have to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from Jurassic World. I didn’t know if it was going to be gimmicky or ridiculous but I was pleasantly surprised.
I don’t want to give too much away but the film centres on a theme park for dinosaurs which builds upon John Hammond’s work and memory. Jurassic World is situated on Isla Nublar. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the very prim and proper manager and aunt to Gray and Zach, both of whom visit the park. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is an ex navy specialist who now spends is time training velociraptors, as you do. Owen and Claire don’t particularly care for each other in the beginning but that changes throughout the film.
Jurassic World was very concerned with boosting its ratings and decided that they need something bigger, badder, scarier and down right dangerous to attract visitors so they decided to create a new hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex. As expected all does not go well and this new dinosaur breaks its confine and causes havoc.
In 1992 we all jumped when the T-Rex appeared at the car. I wondered if there would be the same appeal this time as we’re all used to CGI and crazy special fx. I thought everything looked great. The Indominus Rex looked amazing as did all the other dinosaurs. I especially loved any sighting of my beloved triceratops. The park looked fantastic and quite beautiful. Even though I knew what was about to go down I still felt myself wishing I’d kind of like to visit it. The scenes weren’t as shocking to me as they were all those years ago but I did jump a couple of times and nothing looked “fake”.
At times the film is a little predictable. From the beginning we know that the serene and calm landscape of the park is not going to last for long and one can take a good guess at who will get devoured. There is, however, an interesting element to the plot, a little bit of a twist that I found added depth and more credibility but I can’t tell you what it is. There are plenty of references to the original park which I also liked. Some comedic value is added by New Girl’s Jake Johnson. I have read and heard reviews stating that there is little character development. Who the hell cares? I didn’t go to Jurassic World to watch characters progress. I went to see them being eaten! I went for the dinosaurs!
I loved Jurassic World as did himself (he went a second time) and I strongly recommend it. I think any fans of the Jurassic Park franchise would be very pleased with the film. It was good fun and I’d go again. I do suggest that you follow Universal Ireland on Twitter and Facebook as they host loads of really cool competitions for film premieres and merchandise.