Finally getting around to seeing Jurassic World, and it’s ok, but it relies a lot on dinosaur spectacle. The plot/characters aren’t that exciting at all.
It is pretty similar in approach to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in that it tries very hard to recreate the original. Ill-advised dinosaur theme park leads to disaster. Jerkwad nerd partly to blame. An adult couple and two kids who are not theirs run around the park trying not to get eaten. Rich guy who runs it is basically well-intentioned, but we’re supposed to ignore the fact that he’s responsible for all the deaths that happen because he built a very expensive death trap. We learn an important lesson about… hubris, or nature, or something. But I have a lot more affinity for Star Wars than I do Jurassic Park, and I thought the Episode 7 characters and plot were great, whereas here they’re… fine, but nothing special.
I realized the similarity to TFA prior to realizing the writer/director of this is attached to write/direct Episode IX. Which is kinda weird. His resume is this and Safety Not Guaranteed, the indie Aubrey Plaza/Mark Duplass time travel whatever thing. Which is quite a leap from low budget straight to the Jurassic Park and Star Wars franchises.
A lot of the plot relies on this massive tourist destination having shitty cell phone service and next-to-no radio signal among the guards.