The Jurassic World theme park is open, which is a good thing since Karen and Scott (Judy Greer and Andy Buckley) are divorcing and need to send their two kids — Zach and Gray Mitchell (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins) — away to hash out the details. And it just happens that their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) pretty much runs the park. In between seeing some of the rides and exhibits, we learn that the head of InGen Security (Vincent D’Onofrio) is looking at militarizing the raptors despite raptor trainer Owen Grady’s (Chris Pratt) wishes. Also Claire shows CEO and future-helicopter pilot Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) their newest attraction, a genetically modified dinosaur known as Indominus Rex. The beast is huge and has already forced them to build bigger walls for his exhibit, but still Simon wants Owen to check it out for approval. When Claire gets Owen to the exhibit the dinosaur has seemingly escaped… Will they find and capture it before it gets to the island’s 20,000 guests?
Over the summer of 1993, when the original Jurassic Park came out, I missed seeing the cultural phenomenon in theaters as our family was busy moving across Canada from Saskatchewan to Ontario. I eventually caught it on home video, but I’m sure it’s not the same. So going into Jurassic World I didn’t the memories and feelings that came from watching the original on a big screen. That being said I was thoroughly entertained and pleased with Jurassic World. The movie is a great summer popcorn flick, giving you everything you’d come to expect good (Chris Pratt, special effects, cheesy humor, action) and bad (cheesy dialogue, a young boy who desperately needs a haircut, a studio executive mandated romantic relationship between the two leads, a female character who works too hard, and some vague bad guy wanting to militarize the dinosaurs.) The special effects are clearly the star of the movie and there are plenty of good action sequences that show them off. The scares are there too, but they could have been a little more creative and had a little more suspense. All that being said, it’s a fun movie that was worth the wait and definitely worth seeing on the big screen.