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Jurassic World – The Park is Open – Breathtaking, Dramatic, Fearful

By Ranny Levy – Founder/President KidsFirst!

This highly anticipated sequel to the original does not disappoint. It borders on horror with its realistic special effects so, be forewarned. It is breathtakingly beautiful in its cinematography and takes dinosaurs to the next level. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “Reboots are one of the hardest things to pull off and not ruining the entire series it self. Director Colin Trevorrow and co-producer Steven Spielberg pull it off way over 100%.” Clayton P. adds, “Jurassic World is an action packed extravaganza that is an amazing 3D experience. Its part action, part disaster and part science fiction film.” See their full reviews below.

Jurassic World

LongwoodReviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13


After over 20 years, the park is back. The dinosaurs are back. The breathtaking directing, producing, acting, camera shots, special affects and story is back too. Reboots are one of the hardest things to pull off and not ruining the entire series it self. Director Colin Trevorrow and co-producer Steven Spielberg pull it off way over 100%. 

When I say this is dramatic, that is a under statement. Although it is not scary, at times every person in the audience shivers in thrill, fear and just excitement of what is going to happen next. A classic part of Spielberg is adding that comedy in what would be expected impossible places, but yet the comedy fits perfectly. In parts, there is romance and even adventure. Of course, who can forget, dinosaurs!

The story begins when Jurassic World, built around 30 to 40 years after the original JurrasicPark closed down on the same island is a massive resort and theme park, with many dinosaurs, attractions and even a baby dinosaur petting zoo! (I want to go there!) Like all theme parks, management is trying to pop out with new attractions so people stay entertained/ Well they decide to go over-the-top with a genetically modified dinosaur Indominus Rex, which is a combination of many animals making it smart, powerful, fast, strong, big and over all a T Rex 2.0!

This film is just WOW! First, let’s talk about the camera shots. They are able to achieve 360 degree shots, 20 feet off the ground and close ups all in one. It is fantastic and perfectly timed too. The director doesn’t just do it for the sake of doing it, which I like. I think the acting is perfect. It is dramatic, action packed, romantic and much more. The actors, young and old all are perfect. The director and producers came through in a way that is beyond amazing. Steven Spielberg hasn’t stopped making films one of a kind and it is as if he brought back a feel from the original JurassicPark.

I do want to mention the moral of the plot because it pretty much shows something we see time and time again, and people in the film see time and time again as well, that it is a BAD idea to make dinosaurs a attraction. Yet, it gets people to empty their wallets so the attractions makers do it. The moral is “When it fails, it fails. Don’t try to stretch out something that shouldn’t exist. (Because it’s dangerous)” Not only do people think it is a good idea to make a whole bunch of massive man-eating beasts a petting zoo, they also decide to make a dinosaur, that is pretty impossible to kill, an attraction. And then, they think, “Oh nothing bad will happen.”

I have to say that this is a rather violent film (pretty typical of the Jurassic series). It is border line horror because of how dramatic it is. It will give people chills. And, it is just not meant for younger kids. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars for being a wonderful film. It is dramatic with revolutionary camera shots and crystal clear special effects. I am predicting now that this film will win at least one Oscar.

Jurassic World

jurissac worldBy Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Jurassic World is an action packed extravaganza that is an amazing 3D experience. Its part action, part disaster and part science fiction film.  Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this recent installment of the Jurassic franchise is startling in its special effects imagery. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.

The Jurassic World theme park features fully functioning dinosaurs in their natural habitat. Attendance at the park is declining, so the owner commissions a new dinosaur attraction called Indominus Rex. The Indominus Rex is a genetically engineered dinosaur that has many attributes from other species. It was designed to put the WOW back into Jurassic World. The story concerns two brothers, Gray and Zack who go to Jurassic World to visit their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works at the park. When the boys are touring the park, they go off- road, just at the time when the Indominus Rex breaks out of his habitat.  The boys do not listen to the emergency announcement telling the visitors to return to the main building. Claire gets anxious about her nephews so she enlists the aid of the head animal trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to help her save the boys. Meanwhile, the head of security for InGen, Vic Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio), is trying to use the Indominus Rex and other fearsome dinosaurs at the park as weapons for the military.

The special effects in Jurassic World are really amazing.  The dinosaurs look totally real.  It must have taken a lot of time and money to create such realistic effects.  Especially in IMAX, all the special effects really pop.  My favorite part of the film is when Owen Grady “clicker” trains the velociraptors.  It’s so cool how they respond to him.  They look so real!   The film is also gently humorous.  There aren’t that many funny scenes, but when there is a funny scene, it’s well played.  The moral of film is how important family is, especially the bond between brothers.  Also, Jurassic World shows the danger of tampering with mother nature. Jurassic World is typical of the genre of big disaster movies with a lot of cliché elements.  Being a sequel, the film isn’t that unique story wise.  The acting is serviceable.  Some of the reactions aren’t believable in terms of the scare factor of Jurassic World.  

Jurassic World is appropriate for ages 12 to 18.  It is surprisingly gory and scary, so parents should accompany younger kids.  The film may not be appropriate for all kids under 13.  I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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