(originally published Nov 20, 2015)
Mercedes Presents: Jurassic World was actually not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I was really not liking it at first. The irony of a massive-budget, corporate-sponsored, bloated action spectacle openly criticizing these very things within the text of the film annoyed me quite a bit.
But once shit met fan, it was pretty fun on a pure visceral level, and the set pieces helped me forget about all the things I loathed about the first act. Colin Trevorrow directs this orgy of prehistoric carnage pretty well, even if nothing makes sense and everything the new superdinosaur does is more or less a convenient excuse for things to happen (suddenly it has camouflage! And thermal vision!).
Chris Pratt was as charming as ever, but he along with the rest of the huge cast are never really fleshed out on any level. Honestly, if you stop to think about the script, as I have while writing this, it will fall apart like a handful of wet sand. Thankfully, the film rarely affords you the opportunity to do that. It's an amusement park ride more than anything else, but damn it I had fun. Overall, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, but I'm gonna stop thinking about it so I can savor the thrills a bit more.