22 years ago, one of the most memorable cinematic adventures of my youth hit theaters. ‘Jurassic Park’ was far more than a movie (especially to a then-11 year old): it was a fantastic sci-fi CGI-driven experience, which spawned a ride or two at Universal Studios (did ’em), an entertaining though impossible-to-beat Super Nintendo game (owned it), and my love of Michael Crichton novels and ER (which Crichton created).
Two things that came out of ‘Jurassic Park’ that I did not enjoy? Both of the film’s sequels.
‘The Lost World’ wasn’t nearly as bad as ‘III’– but that’s saying little, and is mostly influenced by my fascination with Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm. Still, both films were highly disappointing compared to the original; which, honestly, gives me pause about the potential for ‘Jurassic World’.
But, for nostalgia’s sake (and maybe, only for nostalgia’s sake), I’m willing to give this a shot.
Set, accurately-enough, 22 years after the events of the original, ‘Jurassic World’ imagines that John Hammond’s dream for a dinosaur-centric theme park was realized. Since this is a ‘Jurassic Park’ movie, obvs, something goes wrong, people end up running & screaming, etc., etc….come on, guys, you know what this will be about.
The only returning character from the original is Henry Wu (Law & Order: SVU‘s BD Wong); Chris Pratt’s role of the main protagonist, Owen, is said to be a combo of Drs. Alan Grant & Ian Malcolm. Pratt will be joined by Bryce Dallas-Howard (Terminator Salvation), Evanston native Jake Johnson (New Girl), and one of my favorite modern actors, Vincent D’Onofrio of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
‘Jurassic World‘ hits big screens on June 12th.