In the three years since the events of Jurassic World and the fall of the theme park, Owen (Chris Pratt), has moved to a forest somewhere to build a cabin, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), has started up a Dinosaur Activist Group and oh, yeah, the Dinosaur island is about to blow up. A once thought dormant volcano becomes active again and all of the poor, helpless, man-eating dinosaurs are in trouble! And just like with every other film in this franchise, the dumbest line in the tv series LOST comes to mind again, “We have to go back”. Not only are we going back to Isla Nublar, oh no, we’re going to do something even dumber… remember how cool it was when we brought a Tyrannosaurus Rex to San Diego in 1997? Well, what if we brought more dinosaurs to the main land?
So yeah, that’s the premise for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But is the film any good?
Yes and no.
The film is full of action, things blowing up, people getting ripped to shreds and, of course, the scary dinosaurs that we all line up to see. It’s a fun popcorn movie that isn’t and wont be the worst sequel to come out this year. The film isn’t as good as JurassicWorld, but they have improved the character dynamics between Owen and Claire, not by much, but it makes moments between them a little easier to watch. If you just want to watch people get ripped limb from limb by dinosaurs – have at it.
From a story point of view, how any one in the audience can relate to characters by this point, I have no idea. I’m sure, even the most reckless people in a cinema wont watch this movie thinking, “I would do the exact same thing”. And I think that’s a problem. Yes, people want to be entertained, and entertainment requires suspension of belief, but if you want me to believe for one second that people that are smart enough to create dinosaurs from fossils think bringing those dinosaurs (after everything going wrong so many times) to a populated landmass is a good idea, then you are asking way too much.
The writing is average and predictable. There was probably two-too-many uses of our favourite T-Rex, who seems to be a good guy by now – despite having a brain the size of a peanut and most likely no long-term memory, she likes to swoop in at the last minute, save everyone, pose and roar. We also get a similar treatment of Blue from the first Jurassic World film, if it’s not the T-Rex saving everyone, it’s Blue. There’s a little reveal in the film too that is signposted a little, revealed in the middle and then verbally spelled out at the end, which felt like a ‘just in case you didn’t get it’ sort of a scene. The editing in the film in some places felt a little off pace, certain things seem to come out of nowhere or happen a little too quickly. It all just felt a little lazy.
Chris Pratt plays the action hero well in this franchise but I wouldn’t be giving him any awards for acting or anything, there’s the occasional joke which pulled off fine, but that’s his wheel house. Bryce Dallas Howard confuses me a bit, I can never tell whether I like her or not. The only thing of note I can say about here in this film is, she has ditched the heels and they make sure you know, with many shots of her boots as she jumps out of trucks etc. Rafe Spall plays an ‘ambitious’ character (if you know what I mean) who is the right hand man to James Cromwell’s character, who used to be good friends with John Hammond (creator of Jurassic Park). Cromwell plays the sort of character who could have easily appeared in the original films (I found myself trying to remember if he was or not). There’s a little girl in the film, Maisie (played by Isabella Sermon) who wasn’t very good, this is her first role and I feel like it was more down to direction than it was her lack of talent. The two other ‘good’ characters (played by Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda) are your typical throw away ‘screaming all the time’ characters that you get in every movie like this, you know, first big break sort of roles.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tries to further a story that really shouldn’t be furthered, at this point they are making these movies so people can see dinosaurs. That being said, this franchise is in no way as bad as Transformers for example. The story if just following characters that are choosing to make bad decisions that tend to lead to getting eaten. Unless there’s a whole meta-commentary here saying that humans really are that dumb, I just don’t buy it anymore, I stopped buying it a while ago. I’m never not going to see a Jurassic Park movie. I just feel we’re doomed to follow the same dumb storylines. Although, keep an eye out for Jurassic World 3, where the dinosaurs are no doubt going to attempt a casino heist.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fun film that will hold you over until the next one in 2021. I’m not ever going to say don’t see a Jurassic Park/World movie. I’m probably not ever again going to say that it’s one of the best movies ever made (the first one is definitely up there). But what I am going to tell you is don’t expect too much. If you buy your ticket wanting to see people getting chased and eaten by dinosaurs then this movie is 100% for you! If you are looking for some detailed, methodical science triller/horror where characters understand that dinosaurs will kill people, be more like the first people.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Average