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Jurassic World (2015)Most of the time thinking about Jurassic World prior to seeing it… More Most of the time thinking about Jurassic World prior to seeing it circled around whether or not this would be the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th best film in the franchise because Jurassic World was obviously never going to touch the magic of the first film. I suppose at the end of the day Jurassic World from start to finish is the 2nd best film in the franchise but some of the ideas presented in the film just further sent home my feelings that the first film was (as a film) a one off story that they could never top. While there is nothing so grandiose as the T-Rex in San Diego scene from JP2 or the the absolutely convoluted series of events that led to JP3 in this film there are still things that make me shake my head. Jurassic World does go out of it's way to answer questions about all the scientific inaccuracies on more than one occasion and all of the answers do in fact hearken to what Jurassic Park has kind of always been about.....corporate greed. What will sell the best? What gives us the most profit? Everything else be damned.....and then eventually everything crumbles because of the greed and hubris. Jurassic World is really no different. However in some ways this film almost felt like a remake. You got Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) effectively playing the parts of Dr. Grant and Dr. Statler from the first film. You've got the two kids who are related to someone of power at the park, one of which is also super hyper and loves dinosaurs, and who also get stuck in a small vehicle with a T-Rex type creature trying to get at them. Heck you've even got a stand in for John Hammond running the whole thing. I don't mind call backs (and there were a few great call backs) but in places I think they went a little overboard. You will also see people saying the villain of the piece is the Indominus Rex which is a genetically created Dino that is being used to create some fresh buzz for the park. But ultimately the I-Rex is just doing what instinct is telling it to do. The villains are really corporations and to a lesser extent Vincent D'Onofrio's character of Hoskins who wants to turn dinosaurs in the weapons for the US military.......and yeah it's as stupid as it sounds. If you cast some of that to the side it's clear that Colin Trevorrow has an affinity for the first film and Speilberg's work. Large parts of the movie work for me as a fun popcorn movie. There are several great action pieces that are phenomenal and match right up there with some of the coolest visuals in any of the films. All in all Jurassic World is a great theme park ride that is solid from start to finish. And even though it lacked any truly memorable characters or lines it managed to hold together better than any of its sequel brethren.
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