|Written by John Kordsmeier, Florida Gulf Coast University|
Jurassic World is the fourth installment in one of the most epic film franchises of all time. While only being out to the public for a short time, this film has grossed over 1.2 billion dollars. Jurassic World, however, has received mixed reviews from Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics and currently holds a 60% rating. The film that has brought in extremely large sums of revenue each week and seems to be loved a lot more by the audience than critics, leading to the question, were critics too harsh with their judgments of Jurassic World?
While every person has their own opinion, my personal opinion is that movie critics were in fact too harsh on this movie. I agree with many of the points made, mainly that some of the dialogue needed to be worked on and seemed to be placed only to an awkward silence, such as, “It depends on what kind of dinosaur they cooked up in that lab,” and all of Chris Pratt’s other one liners. The next biggest point is that the films were not as visually dazzling as one might have hoped. I believe that this is not to the fault of the film, however, and just the expectations of the audience. The first three films were so incredibly ahead of their time special effects wise, that the rest of the industry has spent the last 14 years catching up. Now that CGI and special effects are seen in almost every movie, we as an audience are desensitized to the beauty of the animals created in this film. This should not be held against the movie in terms of rating, though, because there is no way to make a dinosaur look more realistic unless one is resurrected like in the movie.
While some of the dialogue is not up to par, the visual significance of the film is only diminished due to the common use of CGI in movies which is not the fault of the Jurassic World staff. The critics DID seem to be too harsh on Jurassic World. I would rate it at a 4/5 because it is still an incredible movie with incredible special effects and it paves the way for some amazing upcoming sequels!