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Jurassic World!

Let’s just forget there exists The Lost World, and Jurassic Park III and count Jurassic World as the only sequel because it’s the only sequel that matters. This film is the epitome of what a Summer Hollywood Blockbuster should be: over-the-top, action-packed, CGI-tastic, Chris Pratt-starring and surprisingly well-written. (I don’t need to tell you the plot because you should just see the film or read other reviews or get the IMDB synopsis.)

Filled with gratuitous CGI dinosaur scenes (and an explosion!), believable character chemistry (because remember, opposites attract in every film ever), and velociraptors that act like dogs (awww, I know) this film is worth seeing. Let’s not analyze it as though it’s some groundbreaking masterpiece because it’s not meant to be that. It’s meant to be a spectacle – and it IS.

Doggies! I mean, Velociraptors!

Doggies! I mean, Velociraptors!

There were a number of references to Jurassic Park including tongue-in-cheek commentary on the status of the film as a sequel and throwbacks to the nostalgia created by John Williams’ 1993 theme. Speaking of John Williams’, Michael Giacchino utilized the theme throughout the film successfully creating a “Theme and Variation” with lighter pieces led by a xylophone (possibly marimba or bells) and the horn section leading the more dramatic moments.

There was a moment while I was watching the film where I remembered the speculation regarding the Tyrannosaurus Rex and whether it had feathers but pushed that aside before I got lost following that down the memory rabbit-hole. At one point in the film an audience member in the row behind me asked in exasperation, “Is this even necessary?” The answer: YES. This is a film about a Jurassic Age theme park and ridiculous dinosaur scenes are necessary (and to be honest, I would’ve been disappointed if they didn’t shove their realistic CGI in my face).

Mosasurus. Not sure I'd be sitting that close.

Mosasurus. Not sure I'd be sitting that close.

Things I loved: sound track, sound effects, visual effects, concept, self-awareness, cast, and of course the two 1992 Jeep Wranglers (you’d understand if you knew me).

Things that I was fine with: acting (75% good if I had to put a number on it), constant reminder of “mysterious DNA” (we get it – it’s important), and all the Mercedes Benzes (okay…I actually love the G-Wagon it was just a lot of unnecessary logo flashing).

Things I didn’t like: I refuse to pick something except maybe the kiss because come on guys… you’re running from a dinosaur with a ridiculous name (the film points out the silliness of its name: Indominus Rex) and searching for two lost kids. But I get it, if you forego the love interest moviegoers won’t know what to do with themselves.

Indominus Rex will getcha!

Indominus Rex will getcha!

Jake Johnson is an excellent control-desk geek, Judy Greer (ever the co-star) as the concerned mother is believable, a brief cameo by Jimmy Fallon as Jimmy Fallon, and many other brief moments with actors we’ve seen in numerous other films and shows provide that happy recognition feeling of “Oh hey! I know that person!” as if you’re old friends.

And in closing, I was asked today while talking about this film if I only like films that get Razzie Awards and the answer is “generally yes”. So take what you will from this.

I saw the film on June 11th at 10:30pm and then it took me two days to actually write a review. Still loved it.