The other day I decided to visit my local multiplex cinema. It was early Monday afternoon, the time and day I usually choose, as I hate busy cinemas and usually Mondays are the quietest day of the week. Not this time though. Some local school had decided to reward their whole year of student-reprobates the afternoon off for a trip to cinema, and unluckily for me, the same showing of Jurassic World, my chosen film on this rare treat of a cinema trip for me (I barely go a dozen times a year). The entire left side of the room was completely taken up by approximately a hundred kids, screaming, shouting... doing what 12 - 14 year olds do.
So, I sat there, two seats in from the left-side aisle, with all that noise and movement going on thinking, What have I done to deserve this?... the adverts came on... followed by the trailers. The kids were arse-ing about and I decided there and then that I wasn't going to have a good time. The school teachers were doing the best they could to control them... but this isn't 1984 any more; teacher's have so little influence these days (probably because they can't clip kids around the ears any more).
Anyway, the film eventually began (why does it have to start half-an-hour AFTER they begin the adverts?) and I sat there with great expectations... I'll admit it, I am a huge Jurassic Park fan. I saw that film twice at the cinema on release in 1993, and six times within the first week of owning the VHS copy a year later (back then they made you wait to own the movies... now they release them a day after they've pulled the film from theatres). Even now it's immense fun watching it... even more so as I get to watch it regularly with my 3-year-old son who's mad on dinosaurs. But I digress. The film started and my focus was immediately glued to the screen; the background theatrics, whoops, claps, farts, etc. were blotted out; I even managed to ignore the fact that two kids were getting up every minute throughout the film to go to the toilet (up and down, up and down... I could see out of the peripherals of my vision, like they were on some sort of latrine-relay). For the next two hours my attention was more-or-less absorbed into the screen. I felt that old movie-magic again (a feeling I rarely get these days as most films just aren't very good any more, all bluster and no substance). Not only was watching Jurassic World a jaw-dropping spectacle of amazing animal special effects, the action-packed-adventure picked up pace almost straight away. Barely five minutes had passed before imminent peril was hinted at, and not long after, absolute disaster was to occur (as it always does when they recruit A-list actors to fill the job roles!).
I'm not going to spoil the film by telling you all the plot points, but there is so many splendid scenes throughout. I liked the water-tank spectacle of an aquatic-dinosaur feeding (I'm giving nothing away... you see a bit of this in the trailer); and then there's Chris Pratt training velociraptors in much the same way keepers at Colchester zoo train their sea lions. Like the first Jurassic film, kids play a dominant part in the story - a theme continued throughout the franchise; but unlike the first three films, the two boys (Zach and Gray) are actually likeable, and like all kids (including the hundred-or-so snots who were in close-proximity) they get up to no-good and do the opposite to what they've been told. Bryce Dallas Howard plays the obligatory femme fatale, a career-driven woman in charge of the theme park; she has no time for distractions, including her nephews, who just happen to arrive on the one day when the shit is going to hit the fan. Hers is a character who you will have little feeling for when she's first introduced, but by the end of the movie, not only has she won over the audience by completely changing her personality, she's won over her nephews and also gets Chris Pratt in her clutches. If you want to know the full ins-and-outs of the movie, you'll have to go and see it (or look-up Jurassic World on Wikipedia where you can read the entire story plot).
My final verdict is: Jurassic World is basically Jurassic Park with thousands of visitors and more dinosaurs (including a genetically-made-up-on - it's pretty much the same story, really. The special effects are amazing, the animal-effects look life-like, and the pace of the film keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's by far the best film in the franchise (certainly better than the lamentable third instalment), and the best film I've personally seen this year (easily beating Avengers: Age of Ultron). I don't care that palaeontologists and the scientific community think the science of the movie is nonsense... I go to the movies to be entertained... and entertained I was... so much so my pleasure was barely affected by my cinema-nemesis... kids!