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Jurassic World Movie Review

Reviewed by on Jun 12, 2015
Rating: 5 Star Rating

Kidzworld reviews the summer blockbuster Jurassic World. Is it the best Jurassic yet? Will you want to gather the gang and hit the theater?

By: Lynn Barker

It takes a brave, a little crazy and animal-friendly guy to be the “Alpha” leader of a herd of Velociraptors. Will Owen (Chris Pratt) be able to use mutual respect to make them stay on his team when dinos go ballistic?

Owen controls his raptorsOwen controls his raptorsCourtesy of Universal

Story Goes

Twenty-two years have gone by since the dinos-munching-humans disaster that halted Jurassic Park. A new owner has replaced John Hammond and developed Jurassic World, a giant, popular, mega-dino-packed theme park.

Gray (Ty) and Zach in the fun GyrosphereGray (Ty) and Zach in the fun GyrosphereCourtesy of Universal

Park Operations Manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is pressured to up attendance by having scientists create a huge new hybrid dinosaur and “she” is a doozy named Indominus Rex. Also working on the island is researcher/animal behaviorist/trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt)  who has made himself the “Alpha” to a group of Velociraptors through kind treatment and mutual respect.

Finding the wrecked Gyrosphere..and a dino clawFinding the wrecked Gyrosphere..and a dino clawCourtesy of Universal

When Claire’s nephews Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) arrive for a tour, she is really too busy for them and assigns her assistant to show them the park. The brothers bond deepens when the giant hybrid Indominus escapes containment and starts killing everything in sight. Claire will need to cooperate with former boyfriend Owen to rescue the boys and keep the Indominus from causing a domino effect that will end in park visitors becoming dino snacks!

Zach and Gray hope they aren't next Indominus snacksZach and Gray hope they aren't next Indominus snacksCourtesy of Universal

Claire gets a really bright ideaClaire gets a really bright ideaCourtesy of Universal

Wrapping Up

Filmmakers will never be able to wow us again with seemingly real dinos like they did in the first Jurassic Park film just like no “space” film will ever match the thrill of seeing that ginormous Star Wars battle cruiser soar slowly past camera on the big screen for the first time. But, Jurassic World manages to provide plenty of eye-popping scares, some tender moments, a twist or two, some laughs and even an underlying message that animals are not unthinking, unfeeling creatures and they respond to kindness and mutual respect. I like that.

Ah, a birdie snackAh, a birdie snackCourtesy of Universal

Chris Pratt tones down his Star Lord cynical wit just enough to make us really believe his Owen character. He makes a great action hero. Pretty Bryce Dallas Howard really delivers as a stressed woman who grows to realize that the Park’s “assets” are living, breathing creatures that deserve our respect. Brothers Zach and Gray are well-played by young Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins and it’s cool to watch them grow closer as the film progresses.

Park owner and scientist discuss a hybridPark owner and scientist discuss a hybridCourtesy of Universal

Okay, if you couldn’t care less about character relationships or motivations and you are just at the movies for the big thrill of dinosaur battles and action, you won’t be disappointed either!  For sheer entertainment (we recommend seeing the film on a large screen and in 3-D if possible) tweens and teens will not be disappointed. Plenty to like here so we go a big 5 stars.

Soldier confronts Indominus RexSoldier confronts Indominus Rex

Jurassic World Movie Rating:5

Jurassic World PosterJurassic World PosterCourtesy of Universal

Jurassic World is in theaters now!