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by Jonathan McKee and Todd Pearage

Jurassic World (10/20/2015)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril.

Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio and BD Wong

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Jonathan's Rating: Worth Buying

Todd's Rating: Worth Buying

Dynamic ImageIt’s been 22 years since Jurassic Park opened… and this was so worth the wait!

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. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

JONATHAN’S WORD: And the movie delivered big time! What a spectacular film.

TODD’S WORD: I agree.

JONATHAN’S WORD: I came into the film with very high expectations because the preview looked great… and I still wasn’t disappointed. The film actually exceeded my expectations. We watched it in the theatre as a family and all of us loved it.

TODD’S WORD: It was a fun film for almost everyone, young and old.

JONATHAN’S WORD: Are you calling me old?

TODD’S WORD: I take the 5th.

JONATHAN’S WORD: The film was good on so many levels, storyline, special effects… you name it. But my favorite element was the casting. This film had an amazing cast from the leads, all the way down to the bit parts—like the awkward teenage kid working the gyro ride. Classic!

TODD’S WORD: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard compliment each other perfectly. They look great together and they also have fantastic chemistry. Their on screen banter is sharp, witty and impeccably timed.

JONATHAN’S WORD: They were both brilliant. Pratt is having a great couple of years, with Guardians, The Lego Movie, and now this. Audiences love him. And Howard always brings something new to her roles. But let’s not forget Jake Johnson (who most people know as Nick, from TV’s New Girl). He was hilarious. Such a great little addition to the film.

TODD’S WORD: Then there is Vincent D'Onofrio who once again plays the creepy villain effortlessly…sometimes I think it’s too effortlessly.

JONATHAN’S WORD: He’s always good (interesting that he’s getting back to his “Gomer Pyle” weight from Full Metal Jacket.) The whole cast was superb.

TODD’S WORD: The special effects were really amazing as well. If you are old enough to remember the first Jurassic Park film, you remember being blown away by the special effects.

JONATHAN’S WORD: I still remember being wowed back then in ‘93. That first scene where they pulled up in the Jeep and saw that brachiosaurus feeding off the leaves of the tall tree.

TODD’S WORD: It was breathtaking. For the first time we believed we knew what dinosaurs sounded like, how they moved and hunted. Our eyes were glued the screen and we never looked at images in our rear view mirrors the same way again.

JONATHAN’S WORD: It was ground breaking.

TODD’S WORD: Well, the special effects in Jurassic World are even better. Yes, I realize, since 1993, we have seen aliens and avatars, wizards and superheroes on the big screen in the highest quality imaginable. As a result, it takes a lot to impress us. But seeing the dinosaurs in Jurassic World impressed me…and the 3D filming was brilliant.

JONATHAN’S WORD: Glad you liked the 3D. I saw it in a normal theatre (you know how I hate 3D), and it was amazing in good ol’ 2D.

TODD’S WORD: And weren’t you impressed with the fact that Colin Trevorrow is a rookie director? Seriously. I’m so awestruck that he took the helm of a franchise that has been dormant since 2001. He directs a big budget summer blockbuster like a seasoned pro and I for one am very impressed.

JONATHAN’S WORD: That did surprise me… made me a tad skeptical. But honestly, you’d never know a rookie was at the helm. Amazing film.

TODD’S WORD: The movie was good all around. There was plenty of action, drama, and humor, with a few throwbacks to the original, all without being cheesy. Something they failed to do in the second film.

JONATHAN’S WORD: Don’t even get me started about the second film. Yes, Jurassic World was better than the other sequels on every level. It might have even surpassed the original.

TODD’S WORD: I can’t wait to “buy it” and watch it again.

JONATHAN’S WORD: I’ll definitely be “buying” this. Probably the best film I’ve seen in years.

Children no, teenagers yes. There is no sex or nudity and very little profanity, but the film has plenty of intense scenes where dinosaurs are killing or eating people. Some of those scenes are too intense for younger viewers.

  1. Why do you think they created that new dinosaur?

  2. How did that work out for them?

  3. Read 1 Timothy 6:10

      The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.

  4. How did their greed lead to “all kinds of trouble”?

  5. Have you ever experienced trouble because of greed?

  6. How can you avoid the trap of falling in love with money?

Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

Todd Pearage Todd Pearage is a movie buff at heart, but he's not your traditional film critic. Todd is a blue collar film geek, from his job years ago at Blockbuster to his heartfelt online movie reviews. But Todd isn't just a film geek. He has worked with middle and high school students since 1991 as a youth pastor and is currently on staff at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Todd and his wife Lynda have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson.

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   Sean          6/19/2015 8:11:01 AM

Guess it all depends on how you like your movies I guess. In terms of pure craftsmanship, Fury Road is still the best quality film of the year so far. Sure Inside Out will be another one. JW, on the other hand is pure Nostalgia. And it works because of that alone. The characters are nothing worth caring about. Notice how Owen is our big hero,but does absolutely nothing heroic the entire film, LOL!!! He actually causes more damage in some cases than helps. The story is actually pretty dumb. And the CGI is pretty spotty. Here's some examples guys. Why have a statue of John Hammon, but never have a close up shot of it? How does the PArk work? The Aviary for instance. How do people see the birds given there seems to be no track inside and the birds fly freely? The original park was laid out more realistically. Even the scene with the visitors going down the river with Dino's in the water, even though cool, seems pretty dangerous. Notice the IR only uses her little tricks one at a time and never agian. Point is, is that JW is a dumb movie. Your response will be to simply turn off your brain and have fun, and JW is fun, I'll give it that. Still, why can't we have brains and fun at the same time in our blockbusters? The original JP wasn't dumb fun. It had brains. More examples of the stupid in JW. The IR disappears and everybody goes crazy. Why didn't they just play back the camera feeds? Easy way to find out where she actually went don't you think. How could that fat guard not see or hear the IR scratching the walls? It also shocks me that in all your love for a family friendly fun blockbuster, you don't bring up the death of the female assistant. Now obviously she is supposed to be someone you're supposed to dislike, however they never get that across. In fact she comes off pretty plain. She's annoyed that she has to watch somebody else's kids, and she doesn't want to allow her soon to be husband a bachelor party. Are these traits evil enough to have her get a 1 minute death scene? That phone call alone make her death so much worse. Why? because we know she has a life, she's getting married. Somebody cares for her on the other side. Now that boyfriend is going to get a phone call he won't like. IF we are supposed to dislike her, then we should have gotten a few more scenes of her being mean and thus deserving of getting a 1 minute death scene. Instead, even when watching it, I actually felt bad for her. The film wants us to laugh that she got eaten, like with the lawyer in the first film, instead it fails horribly. For this last bit I'll actually praise the film. I felt it was the most satisfying sequel, just edges out LW I think. It took me back to that world I've been wanting to go back to since the first film. It gave me Dinosaurs(65 million year old creatures. Had to throw that jab in there). When things got boring it quickly gave me a smile from something from JP, like the visitors center and jeep. I got to see Hammons dream come to life. All of this is nostalgia and it made the movie work for me. Plus, that AWESOME ending where the original Rex from JP comes back to save the day. As soon as I heard she was the original, I immediately wanted her to save the day at the end. Help from the raptor made it even better. So nostalgia a fun stupid plot, and a great ending make this a pretty decent experience and one that achieved its goal of taking me back to that world again. 200 million plus dollars of my generation being satisfied with a JP sequel they can take their own kids too. I do wonder if perhaps they should have SAVED the park this time around. For franchise purposes and because perhaps it would have been better just to save it. Yes Ian Malcolm is right about not being able to control systems like this, but it wouldn't stop me from buying a ticket to go see Dinosaurs.