Not quite as quick with its narrative as Bird of Paradise
, which was my personal hope, and one does feel newcomer Trevorrow over feeling Spielberg, butalso I like how in the end dinosaurs settle the fight, and there's some dabbling into the "sense of awe" category of Spielberg pictures. Agree with Kal about the raptors and Alexandro about the pterodactyls. I was more jealous of the pterodactyls than the water dinosaur. All I know about the water dinosaur is it has hunger, but zero personality imo.
The gender politics are within the range of Labor Day
. Except she's alone because she's business, she can't see dinosaurs as living beings, she's by the numbers but he's all rugged individualism and sensitivity to the needs of others (e.g. raptors) so, by the end, through all his badassery (which is remarked upon and complimented by the young boys) and after he shows her how large and wonderful we and the world can be, she falls in love with him. But I'll give JW forgiveness for an objective of romance, since I like romance and there're dinosaurs. Then I'll say, I don't think the romance was spunky enough. It wasn't as spunk as the dynamics in Spy
, which is the movie I saw after this one and enjoyed a bit more, except JW has a better ending. Gimme the first hour of Spy and the second hour of JW, that's a great two hours. So, to rephrase the end of paragraph one, I think there's some good talent here in this movie, but as George C. Scott tells Paul Newman in The Hustler
, everyone's got talent and a person needs character.