Nothing will ever touch the visual effects that were put on the big screen in 1993(which still stand up today). The realism that we felt then is something that we will tell grandchildren about… they will roll their eyes and not understand the magic of seeing the masterpiece that Spielberg created.
That being said, the effects that explode off the screen when seeing this movie in Imax 3D are nothing short of brilliant. Shot beautifully, you will find yourself wishing that a theme park half as cool as Jurassic World exists.
The CGI of the dinosaurs is distracting at some points and makes you wish for the simplicity from 1993, but not enough to ruin the experience.
The characters are underdeveloped. If you are going to see this to achieve a deep emotional connection with any of the characters, you are going to have a bad time. The movie is about the dinosaurs, not about the people. The acting leaves much to be desired but the self-deprecating script and screenplay make this an afterthought.
The movie makes countless references to the original. Some are obvious and others are a little more subtle. The writers seem to go the route of 22 Jump Street in making fun of the fact that the movie is a sequel. Even though it is not as overt, the humor is there and provides a nice break between dinosaur attacks.
Chris Pratt cannot lose. Everything the guy does is amazing right now. He definitely gives a performance that is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast.
The rest of the cast is as good as they need to be to carry the story. They deliver the corny lines and catch phrases that make movies like this great.
Nothing beats the suspense of people being hunted by dinosaurs in a movie where everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
While the messages of corporate greed and human insatiability are a little nauseating; the movie delivers as a suspenseful thrill ride that brings us as close as we will ever get to an actual dinosaur theme park.
Overall, the movie is enjoyable because the filmmakers didn’t take themselves to seriously and this is obvious. They had a clear vision of what the movie needed to be to stand on its own and executed. It is a blockbuster that you will find yourself watching for years to come.
I give it 3.5/4 – “Clever Girl’s”