I’m sure many of you have seen it. I only got to watch it last night – that’s what happens when they release a blockbuster during the mid-year exams; I have to wait an extra two weeks. Anyhow, last night I was joined by a female friend (who shall not be named, she knows I’m writing this, she just doesn’t know she’s in it) and she seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.
Growing up, I loved the Jurassic Park movies, to me there was nothing better. I’m a complete Jurassic Park fanboy, I was dinosaur crazy long before I watched the first film, and I will continue to be all the way through to my last breath. Ever since I first saw the end credits roll in Jurassic Park 3, I’d been dying for a fourth movie… and last night: I finally got it.
All these years, Jurassic Park had always been my top movie, Pacific Rim coming in second and Jaws in third place. Then earlier this year I had to rework my list of top movies, because of Age of Ultron. Age of Ultron momentarily occupied the top place on my list… of course, a Jurassic Park marathon a few days later changed all that; putting Jurassic Park back at the top, Avengers: Age of Ultron taking second place, Pacific Rim and Jaws moving down respectfully.
After last night though, the top five is again under scrutiny. Jurassic World is by far the best film I’ve ever seen. Nowadays the movies just keep getting better and better, but Jurassic World has set the bar impossibly high in my opinion, other directors are going to have a hard time beating it (please take note: I may retract that statement upon the release of the next Star Wars and Batman vs Superman).
Now, onto the movie itself. SPOILERS!!!!! I’M WARNING YOU NOW, IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE AND/OR ARE GOING TO COMPLAIN BECAUSE OF SPOILERS THEN DO NOT CONTINUE READING! ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF SPOILERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
Jurassic World, as we all know, is set on the same island as the first Jurassic Park film, 22 years after the events of the first film. As with actual zoos, every now and then the park needs something new to attract the public’s interest once more, in the case of a normal zoo this often entails a new breeding or research program and occasionally a new exhibit. As stated in the film “kids look at a stegosaurus like an elephant in the city zoo”, showing that Jurassic World is set in a universe where people are starting to grow bored of dinosaurs (Perish the thought!!! Getting bored of seeing dinosaurs? What kind of stupid people are they?!) Jurassic World, having dinosaurs, pterosaurs, one incredibly oversized mosasaur and access to the best genetic engineering equipment in the world decides to create a completely new dinosaur. Nothing could possibly go wrong right? Right? Someone agree with me. In fact don’t, creating entirely new species is a bad idea.
Enter the Indominus rex (the name meaning Untamable King). This dino is going to have to get a new species name because that one is already taken by Tyrannosaurus rex. When one of the park investors asks how they got two dinosaurs to mate, Henry Wu (this guy just won’t learn, will he?) steps forward to point out that “Indominus wasn’t bred, she was designed”. According to the fake Jurassic World website (created as part of a marketing strategy for the film) the Indominus rex is a volatile collection of dinosaurs; the website stating that “Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus.” It doesn’t take a dinosaur genius to figure out that all four of those are carnivores. In the movie we also find out that there is raptor DNA flowing through Indominus’ veins as well. All those and more, crammed into a strand of Tyrannosaurus rex DNA. The Indominus is one fearsome creature indeed. The film also reveals that the Indominus is able to camouflage and hide from thermal cameras. These traits are explained by Wu when his boss, Simon Masrani, asks about these abilities; Wu tells him that they’d used the DNA of a certain species of frog to help the Indominus acclimatize better to a tropical environment, but Wu goes on to say that he’d never realized that the frog’s thermal camouflage trait would be passed on. When Masrani asks about the camouflage ability, Wu says that they used cuttlefish DNA; Wu justifies the use of cuttlefish DNA with the excuse that Masrani had asked for a “cooler” dinosaur.
Earlier on in the film, we see Owen Grady interacting with his pack of velociraptors, giving them simple commands, to which they respond accordingly. The raptors each have their own name and personality. Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo (Blue being the beta, second in charge; and Owen being the alpha). The raptors are highly intelligent, but in Jurassic World more emphasis is put on their relationship with Owen, whereas the other Jurassic films tended to focus more on their intelligence. Owen constantly tries to explain that we are never in control; when Claire shouts at him saying “You are not in control here!”, he simply leaves the room, knowing that she refuses to believe that she is and never was in control. Owen soon points out that his relationship with the raptors is based on mutual respect, not control.
The film’s biggest highlight was the fight scene. Tyrannosaurus and raptor vs Indominus… with the mosasaur winning the fight.
Then, the day after the Indominus’ death, we can see the tyrannosaurus (the very same one from the first film, not just in spirit but in character as well) giving that roar we have all come to know and love. By far one of the most recognizable sounds in the film industry, up there with the electric hum of a lightsaber.
As I said earlier: Jurassic World is the best movie I have ever seen. My view on this movie may be clouded by nostalgia, but to be honest: I don’t give a damn. We finally got a fourth Jurassic Park film; it may have it’s own name, but that just means we get another trilogy.