Nov 272015
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I’ve been excited to see Jurassic World since I first heard it was being made.  I still remember watching the first Jurassic Park movie when it came out and being entirely in awe when those first dinosaurs came into view as they rolled up in the little Jeeps.

Of course after my Chris Pratt interview awhile back, I was looking forward to seeing him in another role.  I had really wanted to see it in theaters but I was afraid that even though she wanted to see it, it may be too overwhelming and scary for Bubbles.  And with Ashley in Indy teaching and Austin away doing his Army training, our babysitting options are a bit limited at the moment.

Jurassic World Family Movie Night package from our friends at Mike & Ike

Our friends at Mike & Ike made sure with didn’t miss seeing it, though.  They sent us a really fun Jurassic World movie night package that included the Jurassic World DVD, some yummy Jurassic World-inspired Mike & Ike candy, some Jurassic World PEEPS, a gift card for pizza and some other goodies.

Jurassic World was as good as, if not better than, the original Jurassic Park movie.  The special effects combined with that classic theme music gave me that same “swell” that I felt in my chest after watching Jurassic Park.

“Really, you just made a new dinosaur?”

Scientists in Jurassic World created the Indominus rex from a mixture of dinosaur DNA

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The casting was really nicely done, too.  Chris Pratt plays Owen, a dinosaur expert and all-around smart, sweet and sexy guy with a great sense of humor.  He spends much of the movie trying to rescue the Jurassic World guests, including the two young nephews of Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) his love interest, from a dinosaur that has been genetically created from a mishmash of dino DNA and is now on the loose.

“We have an asset out of containment!”

Meet Jurassic World's Indominus rex - the last thing you’d want looking back at you from the bushes

The Indominus rex has been made from all the scariest dinosaur traits you can think of, has the ability to camouflage itself as well as cloak itself from heat sensors, and the hunting prowess of raptors.

“Watch your six! Raptors got a new alpha!”

Chris Pratt as Owen, with one of his raptors from Jurassic World

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Owen has actually trained a pack of raptors to recognize him as their Alpha – until they bump into the I. rex.  The scene where they start to communicate, and then turn on Owen and the strategic military team brought in to take out the I. rex is both exciting and scary.

Chris Pratt as Owen, Jurassic World's resident raptor trainer

Owen keeps his cool so well, that you can’t help but want to be on his team.  At one point Gray, one of Clarie’s nephews comments “Can I stay with you?”.  Claire starts to respond that she’ll never leave him again, when he and his brother Zach shout, “No, no.  Him!  We mean him!” and point at Owen.

Jurassic World is a movie I’d highly recommend to pretty much anyone.  The intensity is a bit much for very young kids, but everyone else will love it.  Austin gets to leave the base and come home for a week around Christmas, and I can’t wait for us to watch it again with him.  We even saved him some of the yummy Mike & Ike treats because I know he’ll love them!

Have you seen Jurassic World? What was your favorite part?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

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