Hello fellow dinosaur enthusiasts Will here with a movie review for you and today we are talking about the long awaited sequel in the Jurassic franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
With this review I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible for the sake of those that haven’t seen it. So lets dive in starting with a summary:
The film sees Claire Dearing, played by Bryce Dallas Howard the former Operations manager of Jurassic World, as she works to make up for the sins of her past by founding the Dinosaur Protection Group who works to try and convince American legislators to act to protect the dinosaurs that still survive on the island in the wake of an impending and sudden volcanic eruption. She finds a benefactor who seems to agree with her vision in Eli Mills played by Rafe Spall.
She then recruits her on again off again boyfriend and registered raptor wrangler, Owen Grady, played again by Chris Pratt, by guilting him into going back for his precious baby Blue.
While on the island things go awry and true colors are shown so Claire and Owen have to work together to make sure the dinosaurs don’t go re-extinct but also that they don’t fall into the wrong hands as well.
I am honestly very, very surprised with how this film turned out. I tried to keep most of my impressions to myself but I thought that the trailers for this movie were terrible as they showed off way too much of the plot and some of the twists, and I still stand by that.
However, I can report that the film is actually pretty solid.
But let me talk about the bads before I go into the goods.
This movie has numerous moments where a character will do something stupid, just for the sake of plot development and it feels like it really wasn’t thought out.
For instance a character gets locked in a room and, for some reason, the person who locks them in doesn’t take the keys with them so they escape pretty easily. There’s also some moments that were unintentionally funny but I guess it depends on how you read the scenes. There was some predictability to aspects of the plot as well as a lot of interesting shots and sequences unfortunately spoiled in the trailer so if you haven’t seen any SKIP the trailers at all costs.
Those aside the positives of this movie really stand out to me. J.A. Bayona does a great job in terms of visual tone and suspense. Especially the latter. One issue I’ve seen with a lot of films recently is that they want to be suspenseful but fall flat. On the flip side, this movie has a lot of moments in the film where I found myself legitimately concerned for characters. This being despite the fact I knew in the back of my mind they show up later. The tension of how it was filmed overshadowed my preexisting knowledge which shows great investment. I also think the movie is just framed well in terms of shots from different perspectives. There are some nice callbacks to the original Jurassic Park and one of them actually almost squeezed a tear out of me which ties into my next point.
Its weird to say but the dinosaurs feel more like characters in this film. Not all of them but a select few like Blue, the Indoraptor, and the Stygimoloch (who is now one of my new favorites). We get glimpses into them being surprisingly anthropomorphic and exhibiting traits like concern, devious intent, fear, and pain.
That’s not to say we’ve never seen it but to go into a film actually kind of wanting the dinos to die and coming out of it feeling for them, I would say is an accomplishment.
The soundtrack is good, the effects are solid as usual and I’m glad I saw more practical in there. The supporting cast is fine as well. Oddly I think this movie actual highlights flaws in the original Jurassic World and makes it a little weaker upon a second watch only because I think Owen and Claire seem to be a little more interesting in this film than in their original appearances.
Before I give my rating lets talk the Indoraptor.
I’m surprised leaving the movie actually really liking him considering he’s related to one of the most beautifully stupid ideas ever put to screen (I love the Indominus but even the characters point out how terrible of an idea it was). He has a surprising amount of character to him where yes he is a monster killing people but he also reacts and can actually be sneaky and a little cocky at times. Like I swear he smiles and it was one of my favorite parts in the movie.
All in all Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom really surprised me not just from the director who I wish would handle the third film but also from Colin Trevorrow who helped write it. I think it has a lot more that works than Jurassic World does. Its not as great as the original but I still think it is a good time at the movies. Certainly better than 3 and at least on par with 2, despite their blaring similarities
I recommend you go out and see it for full price. I think I’m going to give it a second viewing.
So have you seen it? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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