Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HBO Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World (2015) - Directed by Colin Trevorrow; Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Trevorrow, Derek Connolly; Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus.

By Kenny Howell

Hey, here's an idea, why don't we stop building dinosaur theme parks?

I mean, not really, because this is just a movie, but why don't they stop doing that? It would save us more of these movies, and a lot of extras wouldn't get eaten.

Jurassic World continues my quest to get caught up on all these movies I have missed the last few years due to limited time taken away from my toddler and general parenting. It is loaded with talented people, chief among those, the most well-deserved new movie star around, Chris Pratt. But every person I list in the cast above is top notch talent. Unfortunately, the lead of that group, Pratt, is given wooden stock action movie lines, instead of just letting him be, well, Chris Pratt. He could carry the movie by himself, but isn't allowed to here.

In this fourth installment (I think, that sounds right, but there might be more), Jurassic World has been created with a mix of real dinosaurs and holograms. The whole park is state of the art, including the GMO dinosaur they have created that was engineered to bring in more tourists because being humans we have already gotten tired of normal dinosaurs after like 5 years and demand something more with super sharp teeth.

And guess what? You never will. The dinosaur is bad, and he gets out. It's almost if dinosaur parks are a bad idea. What follows is a lot of insignificant or evil people getting eaten by dinosaurs while our heroes save the day.

It's a retread that didn't need to be ... retrud? Whatever the word is, this just seems to be an unnecessary money grab that doesn't go far enough to separate itself from the previous installment, two of which were not needed in the first place.

Jurassic World is now playing on HBO.

Rating: *1/2

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