By T. Mack

Jurassic World officially opens tomorrow, though you can absolutely go see it in theaters as early as dinner time tonight. There has been much anticipation for this film, which is the fourth in a franchise that began over 20 years ago. Many people have excitement fueled by nostalgia. Some are just excited about dinosaurs. A few simply want to gaze at Chris Pratt. And many have some combination of the three. For everyone who is thinking of seeing the film or absolutely certain they will do so, the reviews have arrived from every corner of the internet to help understand what we may be in for.

I took the liberty of reading through several of these to save you geeks the time and hassle. So here’s the breakdown:

  • “Bigger, louder, more teeth.” Bryce Dallas Howard’s character uses these words to describe what she is attempting to create in the park, but she is actually describing this movie as compared to the 1993 original, Jurassic Park.
  • Jurassic World is meant to be viewed as a direct sequel to Jurassic Park, completely ignoring and negating the two previous sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001).
  • The characters are underdeveloped, but it doesn’t matter much because you’re not going to see this for character development. You’re going to see it so you can watch dinosaurs eat people.
  • You will see dinosaurs eat people.
  • Which reminds me… Get a sitter. Leave the kiddos at home. They aren’t ready for this.
  • The dinos are nearly all CGI, even when they could have been practical. Because of this, they’re not a great as they could have been (and used to be according to everyone’s nostalgia of the previous films)
  • Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, is cool. Not as cool as Star Lord, but cool none-the-less. His character is also the most developed of all the humans in the film.
  • Howard’s character, Claire, is uptight but has the incredible ability to run full-throttle through the jungle in heels.
  • Claire’s nephews, played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, might wish they’d died if they survive this ordeal. Their PTSD is going to be crippling after all they’ve seen.
  • Spielberg didn’t direct this film (Colin Trevorrow did) but his presence as Executive Producer is seen and felt.
  • T-Rex returns and it’s good stuff.
  • While Jurassic World will not replace Jurassic Park in the hearts of old-school fans (or even strongly compete for it), it is an enjoyable film. You get what you’re going for, which is a dinosaur-fueled adventure that takes us back to the place we were introduced to more than 20 years ago. In those two decades, this place has changed and grown up as much as we have, but just like us, it still has some learning to do.

And that’s the basic breakdown. Are you planning to see Jurassic World? What are you looking forward to in this film? Or have you already seen it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Check out the full reviews I used to put together the breakdown here, here, here and here.

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