Jill aka Jo (sireesanwar) wrote,
Jill aka Jo

Review: Jurassic World

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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 visitors' interest, which backfires horribly.

So the truth of this is that I loved it. It was action packed with just the right amount of thrill factor. It had a little bit of the horror fill without being over the top and yes, you totally knew who would live and who was going to be dinosaur food.

What didn't surprise me was the story which is why it didn't get a half star or a fifth one. The story was rather predictable. Stupid humans decided Jurassic Park is a good idea. Wait. "Let's change the name to Jurassic World that way people won't associate it with the horror that happened 20 years ago. Everything will be positive and since we are all so smart now we can control these dinosaurs." See I feel the human race would do something so stupid but the kicker... let's genetically alter DNA to make dinosaurs that never lived and they will be unknown to us therefore making our security a guessing game. Good idea!

And Igen (remember they were the ones funding things) want the dinosaurs or more specifically the Raptors for like black ops. Because setting loose Raptor off an isolated island is a peachy idea. The ideas being pumped out of these stupid corporate people are beyond crazy. And that is everything Star-Lord, I mean Owen tells them. He is, apparently, the only rational person in this fictional world.

But, no matter how stupid some of these characters seem, it totally reminded me of Jurassic Park only on a larger scale. Kids trying to get away from dinosaurs. People on the island in danger from said dinosaurs. Really stupid people running things. But at the heart of it, it is a fun and mindless adventure. Not everyone will agree but this is one of those movies I like to just rewatch when I want something I don't have to think about. So I say see it.

Now, a brief rant about Feminists and their stupid comments....

I don't exactly consider myself and feminist. I'm more of a person who believes in equality of the sensible kind. Some would say that is feminism and yet I disagree with their comments almost every time they open their mouths.

Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire Dearing a high-powered corporate executive who is running Jurassic World (um score for the woman). But she's interested in finding true love?? Gasp. How could she ruin her feminism by thinking she wants a man!? Maybe because she is a human being and being an empowered woman doesn't mean you don't want love. I mean how stupid! She isn't pretending to be a bimbo and taking a back seat to a man. She banters with Owen and she challenges him while he challenges her. Equality.

This woman goes head to head with Owen (Chris' Pratt's manly character) and runs through the forest in high-heels which is just dumb. Though she's a business woman so it is realistic that she wears a business suit and heels into the office. She's not the raptor wranglers. She's running things so her shoes are part of her business attire. And how dumb would she really be if she stopped everything to say, I have to change my shoes before we start running from dinosaurs? So okay, we can deal with that.

Then this supposedly weak female character goes about trudging through this forest to find her nephews, saves the man's life at least twice, and has a huge role in the final scenes that really make her a powerhouse.

But then upset feminists also point out how "maternal" she gets with her nephews. I didn't realize feminists couldn't love children or their family members. Good thing I haven't labelled myself as such because I'd kill about a hundred dinorsaurs to save my nieces. Must make me a weak woman.

Feminists are also upset that it might seem that Claire wants marriage and kids in her future. Let me gasp here again. I guess feminists don't ever want this??? I don't get it. First, this woman is a HIGH POWERED EXEC! But Jurassic World just fell apart so I'm sure she's losing that job but even if she wasn't why can't she have a family? Some of the most impressive woman I've ever met do it all! They have families and are high-powered woman. When did it become bad to want kids and a man? Feminism doesn't equal singledom and childlessness. And I'd be willing to bet that in the world of these character's Claire would run a business, love and fight with her man, and have beautiful children because she's awesome.

Now it is true the movie kind of portrays her as "emotionless" towards her family in the beginning of the movie with a sister who tells her she'll understand someday and that day comes after getting to know her nephews a little and having to save their lives. But here is the thing? She's totally focused on this park and this job. She doesn't have a family herself and I can see her being a human being and compartmentalizing things. She's not at all focused on family. There is nothing wrong with this but there is something wrong with inviting your nephews to the Dino Park you run and pawning them off on a babysitter. I don't care if you are male or female. Sure you have a job to do and you can do it but the idea was to spend time with your nephews. This doesn't detract from your feminism or manliness (for men of course). And for me, in the end, she realizes what is really important in life; those people we love. And I think that is an idea equal in both sexes. Family is the most important thing whether it is you kids, siblings, parents, nieces or nephews. What was she supposed to do? "As a feminist, I will be a hero and save my nephews but I don't really love them or see why my sister does?" That is not a well rounded powerful woman and wouldn't be a role model for any woman.

You may disagree and you are welcome to your opinion. This is just mine.
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