What Is It: The fourth film in the highly-successful Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World is the first movie not to be based on a book by Michael Crichton. The film takes place on the island of Isla Nublar, 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park film. Dinosaurs are no longer an extinct creature of the past, but an attraction at the popular Jurassic World theme park. To draw even more guests to the park, the scientists of InGen have genetically engineered a new dinosaur called the Indominus Rex using DNA from a tree frog, cuttlefish, raptor, and T-Rex. Enter Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the park's resident raptor trainer and ex-Navy man who is called in to assess the new dinosaur and its enclosure to make sure it's structurally safe for tourists to see. Unfortunately, Owen, the park's operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), and her visiting nephews Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Melissa & Joey's Nick Robinson, respectively), are about to find out just how dangerous the Indominus Rex really is when it breaks out of its enclosure and wreaks havoc on the park full of unsuspecting tourists.
My experience: I saw this movie one night after work with my best friend and I have to say, Chris Pratt was about 90% of why I wanted to see it. I will admit that I've never seen any of the other films in the franchise (yes, you may pass judgement on me if you'd like) and so I had no expectations for this film. For me, as a first-time viewer, it was exciting, action-packed, and just enough "jump-in-your-seat" moments to make it interesting. From what I understand from talking to fans of the franchise, this installment did well to pay homage to the original film and, while it wasn't great, it was good enough to hold its own against its predecessors. One of the highlights for fans of the franchise was the return to Isla Nublar and seeing Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) return from the first film. There are many other nods to the first film that fans will be happy to spot when they see Jurassic World.
Why You Should See It: This film now holds the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time and it deserves it. You should see this movie if you're looking for a way to start your summer blockbuster binge. It's fast-paced and so much fun to watch. If you haven't seen it yet, you should definitely put it in your list of things to do. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard bring it in their respective roles and this movie further solidifies Chris Pratt as a rising star. It will be amazing to continue to watch his fame escalate to a full-blown superstar.
The Future: Jurassic World is kicking butt and taking names at the box office and for that reason, it will most likely be in the movie theatre throughout the summer. In the meantime, its cast is keeping busy with new and existing projects. One of the film's leads, Bryce Dallas Howard, is currently filming the live-action version of Disney's Pete's Dragon which is due out next year. You can soon see Chris Pratt re-team with Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays Vic Hoskins, InGen's head of security in the film) for the 2017 remake of classic Western The Magnificent Seven. Nick Robinson (who played Zach Mitchell) is currently starring in the final season of ABC Family's Melissa & Joey as Ryder Scanlon and starting again in the fall, Jake Johnson (who plays the park's tech operator Lowery Cruthers) can be seen as Nick Miller, the roommate and on-again-off-again love interest of Zooey Deschanel's character Jess in Fox's hit series New Girl.