It's always interesting to return to an idea / concept a decade or two on. When Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park came out in 1993, the CGI dinos were considered revolutionary. Today we take such clever computer trickery for granted, so Jurassic World has a challenge right from the start – we've seen all those wonderful CGI dinosaurs before, so what can it do to thrill us? Plenty, it turns out.
It's absolutely no surprise that the computer-generated dinosaurs here are top rate. Also top rate is the cast for this latest adventure, with Prattt ably replacing Sam Neill as the dino expert, although Pratt's Owen Grady is a Velociraptor expert and trainer rather than an archeologist. Things have moved on a bit since the days of John Hammond's Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is now a viable and successful theme park, and we first encounter it through the eyes of young brothers Zach (Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Simpkins) when they arrive to visit their aunt Claire Dearing (Howard), the park's operations manager. And because their aunt runs the park, you just know that, at some stage, the brothers are going to get in trouble and be chased by rampaging dinos and need rescuing – probably by Pratt, who once dated Howard.
The "kids in peril" storyline is not the only part of the plot that mirrors the original film – there's also genetically modified dinosaurs, park malfunctions and members of staff who are up to no good. There are also plenty of nice nods to Jurassic Park – a statue of Richard Attenborough's Hammond, the original Park tourist car (with the same number, 29), a copy of Ian Malcolm's book is glimpsed a couple of times, and Mr DNA himself makes an appearance, this time voiced by director Trevorrow. And, of course, the classic John Williams theme music makes an appearance too.
And it's safe to say that Trevorrow has done a top job here. Jurassic World is a first-rate blockbuster that ticks all the right boxes – plenty of action, loads of thrills, tons of danger and even some laughs. It's a little long at two hours – there are a couple of scenes in the first act that slow the pace down – but the final act is such an adrenaline-pumping thrill-ride that you can easily forgive such a flaw. There are also a few nice surprises to be had – the biggest being how well Howard outruns those killer dinosaurs in high heels.
This is easily the best of the sequels to Jurassic Park (although I didn't hate the second and third films). Jurassic World is a fun-filled thrill ride and, as one of the blockbuster hits of 2015, is well worth a purchase to watch again and again at home.
EXTRAS ★★★ The featurette Welcome to Jurassic World (29:52); the featurette Chris & Colin Take on The World (8:57); the featurette Dinosaurs Roam Once Again (16:29); the featurette Jurassic World: All-Access Pass (10:11); an Innovation Centre Tour with Chris Pratt (2:01); and seven Deleted Scenes (6:08).