Jurassic World is the film my teenage-self wanted to see in 1993, but never dreamed I'd ever see. I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, but Spielberg of course, gave us something much better with Jurassic Park: a thoughtful, cautionary science fiction tale based on the Crichton novel, made with only a handful of dinosaurs, some terrific characters, untried technology and a sense of awed wonder at seeing dinosaurs brought to convincing life for the first time.
But even so, imagining a full-on dinosaur rollercoaster with hundreds of fully articulate creatures, flying reptiles, sea monsters, a full size operational park, helicopter gunships, and dinosaur battles? That’s what Colin Trevorrow has delivered, and while it aims lower than it's illustrious progenitor, it’s a popcorn delight that hits all the marks the other sequels missed. Trevorrow has made it into a proper monster movie, cleverly making the central antagonist not a ‘dinosaur’ at all, but an unholy hybrid beast from hell, and setting the stage for the ‘real’ dinosaurs to become heroes. Throw in a charismatic lead character (Pratt is superb), some spectacular and pleasingly brutal set pieces, and we have our movie. Its true the film suffers from some ludicrous contrivance, eye-rolling cliché and some questionable sexual politics, but in the context of the kind of film it is, many sins can be overlooked if not forgiven. It’s a rich and satisfying blockbuster experience to be hungrily devoured again and again.
The presentation is a real treat with its expanded aspect ratio and bombastic audio. The picture is mostly flawless; there's a few moments that suffer from noise (mainly indoor scenes) but generally it’s a sumptuous, crisp and well-contrasted image that allows the CGI to integrate seamlessly. The audio too is one of the most well balanced I’ve heard in ages with perfect dialogue and a wide sound field.
I also still maintain this is NOT a film for small children. Home viewing allows parents even greater flexibility and control, so use it wisely.
Jurassic World Steelbook User Review
Snap it upReview of Jurassic World Steelbook blu-ray by lucasisking, Oct 27, 2015.This item was purchased for 15.00 from Sainsburys in 2015. The reviewer still owns this product.