I still don't get the mania for Chris Pratt—his entire appeal seems to be that he's not right for the roles they keep giving him. But at its best, this is a startlingly good tribute to Spielberg that understands the appeal/subtext to the original JP, beyond "dinosaur chases man". I don't like how we're in an insidious age of "ironic" formula films, but maybe the most insidious thing of all is that I had fun.
(Spoilossaurus) There seems to be a lesson in how nature, through its predators solves the mess humans made. Not sure what it is. Hope it's not Social Darwinists trying yet again to slip in. It gets tiring. It creates, or blatantly ignores a paradox, for all those were human made. And the female figure using herself as decoy, making a beast defeat another beast, saving three males is quite a long way from King Kong.
More of the same mindless nonsense we see in the superhero franchises, the disaster movies, and so on. Gigantic CGI destruction in every direction with absolutely no human perspective to speak of. All around disappointment. Points for getting to look at the beautiful Bryce Dallas Howard. Otherwise, dull and inessential.
I was expecting waaaay worse after all the noise. Some scenes are definitely too much, but the nostalgia and some nice scenes are fairly satisfying. Now I have to figure out how to live through 24h of jungle and war scene in creme high heels.
Better than the marketing and reviews prepped me for: (a) it's entertaining, and (b) it captures much of the tone and feel of the first film, thanks largely to both the score, and a rigid analysis of Speilberg's shot compositions, most of which are used again here. It misses the sheer *awe* of the original, because of course, but its meta-awareness of that problem is satisfying. Did I mention that it's entertaining?
The latest entry reminds us just how astounding the '93 original was that reinvented effects technology but that at it's core it had a strong human story as well. No such luck here. This is simply dino-time. Enjoyable but so is a Big Mac. The films dominating opening weekend ensures more chapters....planet of the genetically modified dinosaurs anyone?
As a person who grew up in the 1990s watching 'Jurassic Park' twice a month, I knew that the cult status of the first installment was hard to beat. Yet I found this film to be the most enjoyable and accomplished chapter of the whole series: it is well-paced from the beginning, adventurous, thrilling, funny, and close to the canon of Steven Spielberg even in the casting choices. The title is a real "nomen omen"...
"but consumers want them louder, bigger, more teeth...every time we've unveiled a new asset, attendance has spiked. Global news coverage, celebrity visitors, eyes of the world..." It's ashamed and so self-aware of having sold out. If your interests lie with the dinosaurs and not mere vapid complacent consumer product-placement entertainment seek out https://mubi.com/films/dinosaur-13 as it is far more fulfilling.