Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

Is this franchise going from strength to strength? Or is Jurassic World going the way of the Dinosaurs? I don’t really know how to feel about this movie.

**SPOILERS BELOW**

I went into this movie with very low expectations. I felt that the trailer gave away the plot and, while it was ok, the first Jurassic World failed to meet the level of the first 2 Jurassic Park movies. After watching it however, it is hard to say whether or not this movie is passible, or if it so bad that it could be seen as unwatchable.

I’ll start by saying that I thought the horror themes in this movie worked really well, for the most part. There were a lot of tense scenes and it really helped build tension in some serious scenes. My problems with them was that they were just a little too abundant. It felt like every other scene was building tension, and it almost made you numb to it.

I also really liked the CGI for the dinosaurs, there were moments where I couldn’t tell what was CG and what was real. One of my biggest problems with the first Jurassic World was that it felt too CGI, I can happily say that this did not feel like the case this time round.

I did enjoy Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in this movie. They are fantastic actors and while they didn’t lean too heavily into the romanic side of their relationship. It did feel like they knew each other and their chemistry felt natural. I also really liked the new dino vet girl. She wasn’t utilised very well but she did carry any scene she was in very well. The other new side kick felt like a slap stick joke. Every scene he was in, he was either screaming about dinosaurs, or making stupid quips. It got tiring very quickly. The “villain” and army guys felt very 1 dimensional and didn’t really do it for me.  We are also introduced to Hammonds partner in Dino cloning. While I didn’t have anything against him, his character felt like it was only there as an easter egg for Jurassic Park.

Now for the things I didn’t like, The story made no sense at all and was horribly written. The trailer gave everything away. The movie starts with the volcano erupting and then the first third of it is the team trying to get the dinosaurs off the island. It was cool seeing the team go back to the main building in Jurassic World where the final battle in the previous movie had taken place, but it quickly then turned into a Dwayne Johnston film. Seeing the dinosaurs trying to escape was sad and it really did make me feel sorry for them.

The twist that the Dinosaurs were being saved, only to be sold off, was not a big surprised and felt very the lost world, so much so that there were scenes from it(Ian Malcolm and the guys sitting on top of the cliff looking down at the poachers) that were shot for shot, in this movie. It made this movie feel like it was a remake of the lost world, rather than its own thing.

The indoraptor as well was stupid. they had done hybrids in the last movie and literally just made this one smaller, and with less abilities. It didn’t feel like the big bad dino of the movie, and more of a third act inconvenience. I did appreciate the level of gore though that followed an indoraptor attack. It was nice to see that they weren’t shying away from that.

They also tried to flesh of the importance of Blue the raptor in this movie and it just didn’t work for me. The whole “following orders thing felt like something that only kept in there because it was relevant to the previous movie. And the reason that blue was saved from the island just didn’t go anywhere. It was mentioned that if Blues DNA was melded with another indoraptor, not the “prototype” that had already made, that the new one would follow the orders of blue. This is never mentioned again, however the prototype can follow orders such as laser targeted attacks and sound queues. it did not make any sense.

They also introduced something in this movie that is literally game changing, and it was played off as a passing comment. Hammonds old partner, as it turns out, had cloned his dead daughter and that was the reason hammond and him had fallen out. They introduced human cloning into the Jurassic Universe and it was only mentioned as a reason for a falling out! Maybe they will do something with this in the next movie but this movie did not address it at all!

The final scenes from the movie show the dinosaurs being released into the Californian forests. there was not build up to it, no talk about it, it just happened. This will obviously be explored in the next movie, but it wasn’t really addressed in this one too well. There were talks between the team before they were released but it was done to save the animals from a gas leak, not a rehabilitation program for endangered species.

 

VERDICT: ICU 

While this movie did have its faults, and as I’ve said, there were many. It is at the end of the day, a movie about dinosaurs. For all the terrible dialogue scenes, and the plot that made no sense, seeing this dinosaurs on screen is always going to bring a smile to your face. This as a movie, is terrible, but as a movie experience, it is enjoyable. I just hope you look long panning shots of scenery, because there is a lot of them!

David.

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