Have we reached the point where we can all agree that Jurassic World is - at best - mediocre? It's reigned over the box office for weeks, now, and shows no sign of slowing down in spite of the fact that most conversations about it seem to be exactly the same:
Person A: "I saw Jurassic World."
Person B: "Yeah? I liked the raptors..."
A: "The raptors were good. They should have just called it Raptor Squad."
B: "Why was Bryce Dallas-Howard in heels the entire time?"
A: "Because whoever made this movie isn't familiar that the frigid, immaculately-dressed, lady control freak is an archetype that should be as extinct as the dinosaurs..."
B: "I mean, they also used Chris Pratt all wrong, so that's not surprising. Why would you hire Chris Pratt to be the straight man?"
A: "I have no idea, but did you see Inside Out? That shit was great..."
End scene. That about sums it up.
I saw it. Not in the theaters, but as soon as it came to home video. There was a level of playground cache to seeing Jurassic Park: if you were allowed to, you seemed to love it defacto because 1. you were allowed to watch it and needed to remind everyone of that fact, and 2. dinosaurs. There are no children who do not - at least - like dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are fascinating to all children.
Still, though I certainly watched Jurassic Park a handful of times growing up, I never really took to it. After a couple years, it seemed to disappear. The Lost World was not treated with nearly the same amount of fanfare, and Jurassic Park III? Did anyone see it? When the films were spoken about it was usually either to rehash a memory (the ripples caused by the approach of the T-rex) or to hail it as a significant turning point in special effects. The massive nostalgia trip is relatively recent, and, while certainly inevitable, seems misguided and a little rushed. What the filmmakers have identified with Jurassic World is a desire to return to an adventure world like this, what they have failed to do is figure out what made that trip fun in the first place.
In other news: I like Chris Pratt well enough, but please don't cast him as Indiana Jones. Just let the man go and forge some more of his own path...