Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.
Jurassic World (see Peter and Germain‘s reviews) is a film loaded with contradictions. It’s a movie that acknowledges and even ridicules standard action film tropes, then goes on to invoke them.
For instance, the movie points out the increasing commercialization and product integration in major studio films, then follows it up with a beauty shot of a Mercedes, driven by velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). Later, one of the park’s operators (Jake Johnson) goes in for a dramatic kiss with a female colleague (Lauren Lapkus), only to be shot down in hilarious fashion – seemingly poking fun at how these films over-dramatize romantic connections. And yet at the end of the film, Grady and Dearing still get a romantic Indiana Jones-esque moment as they walk in silhouette into the distance.