Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I’ve heard really mixed reviews from people about Jurassic World, despite it being a gigantic box office success. I loved it and thought it was a really fun and nostalgic theater experience. The trailer for Fallen Kingdom got me nowhere near as hyped for the film as its predecessor but I still wanted to see it as quick as I can because of my love for the series and dinosaur goodness. I was wary about the very negative critic reviews that were coming out. Never listen to them, because I had a lot of fun with this film. There’s plenty of stupidity all around in the plot, but the action, directing, and dark tones were welcome.

The film takes place a few years after Jurassic World. The park has closed down and there is a volcano on Isla Nublar that is near imminent eruption and Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are tasked with getting some of the more valuable dinosaurs off the island. Little do they know, the purpose of the mission is to capture these dinosaurs and sell them off to the highest bidders while also unleashing a brand new engineered Indoraptor, the ultimate predator who also serves as a dangerous weapon. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return in the title roles.

First let me get through what I didn’t like. I thought the plot was at times weak and shallow. The film doesn’t feel as rich in plot as the original and some of the decisions are stupid. Especially character decisions. I found the subplots (especially with that of Maisie Lockwood), felt extra. There’s also a  predictability in sequences because of familiarity with the series. Its definitely weaker than the original Jurassic Park and I’d say Jurassic World, although I know many people will disagree with that. The villainous plot also reeks of standard cookie cutter villain actions. Also, there are so many impossible survival scenarios that occur that you would think this is a heightened version of Indiana Jones.

The film is well acted, and Chris Pratt continues to show that he works as a leading man. The mix of animatronics and CG is good. I like J.A. Bayona’s style in filmmaking as you can see darker tones and the use of shadows is prevalent. The film feels darker and more mature at times as there is a dilemma of needing to save these dinosaurs and also considering the implications of letting dinosaurs out into the world where humans live.

I had a fun time with this film. Its not an amazing effort but its really not as bad as what I hear about it. Sure, the film franchise is showing signs of wear but I was able to enjoy the film and the action it brings. Visually, the film is a joy to look at on the big screen and I still feel like the film brings good dinosaur fun. I think the series should end for good with the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy though. I’d like for some of these blockbuster series to bow out when the time is right instead of going on forever.

7/10

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