A visually resplendent, sweepingly scored, heart-pounding reinvention of the iconic film series for a new age & generation. This is the future of blockbusters. 8/10
Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: Incredible opening and good character introduction to the family, jaw-dropping cinematography and island shots/set-up, jurassic world itself is almost too much to process in how magnificent and science-love letter it is – almost brought a tear to my eye as a biologist and future doctor, sweeping score that is about as classic hollywood and majestic blockbuster as you could possibly get, actually very scientifically accurate in little details like the animal training and genetics/gene splicing angles, surprisingly good diversity, Chris Pratt a phenomenal lead that is absolutely perfect as the charming and charismatic, strong dinosaur-lover Owen that oozes old-school masculinity (no homo), Gray a great character too as excited young kid who would be exactly the type of customer at the theme park, very diverse cast with everything represented from China to India to Africa, etc., the visuals and CGI are SPECTACULAR and the modern hollywood and technology magic and innovation that we go to the movies for and makes the dinosaurs so real it is unbelievable, phenomenal middle act as it starts to get more lean and scary with the chillingly deisnged and intimidating INdominus Rex which is exactly the type of stakes-raising that the franchise needed in this reboot to mirror the park to world, ACU vs. Indominus Rex one of the wildest and most jaw-dropping scenes I’ve ever seen in a blockbuster – ICONIC, Indominus Rex so phenomenally designed I can’t even described or help but gush as a biologist the genetic splicing and combination of the best traits from every dinosaur they combined into it with everything from advanced intelligence to size to camouflage to cross-communication, teaches EXTREME humility to the power of nature with the carnage which is tough to watch but exactly what cocky humans need to be put back in their place in these time – as a disaster film certainly succeeds, heartful moments too and a pretty human touch in moments like the brachiosaurus death and zach/grady brother moment, great easter eggs and callbacks to the originals like exploring the original Jurassic Park ruins, raptors in the new jp and iguana mask screamer – something that will undoutedly put a smile on your face if you’ve ever even heard of the original and the type of crafting that makes this such a grand slam, spectacular backdrop in Isla Nubar which is one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful islands and natural settings I’ve ever seen, so many badass sequences like owen riding into battle with the raptors and warfare scenes, just the right touch of humor as a palette cleanser like the boyfriend epic kiss thing and tostitodon, UNBELIEVABLE crowd-pleasing ending in the queen being back vs tehe new blood ot represent a merging of franchises and about as blockbuster-worthy a fight as you can possiblt have on screen in Indominus vs T-rex, one of the most iconic ending shots in movie history in the queen ruling over her kingdom
Cons: Zach as a dudebro paints guys in a bad light and is incredibly annoying and perhaps the worst brother of All-Time basically single-handedly putting Gray in danger to be “cool” – although slightly better in the end, Claire beautiful lead that eventually starts to warm up a little but very putoffish and heartless/uncaring and terrible aunt, tone is a little too happy and triumphant in the beginning – get it’s a lot of newbies’ first introduction to Jurassic but still, the extreme carnage and scale of disaster will undoubtedly be a lot for many younger viewers or people with weak stomachs – things like watching the innocent nanny get toyed with by the pterodactyls and then eaten alive by mosasaurus is brutal
Official CLC Score: 8/10