Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom finally embodies it’s ‘worldly’ title and has our human-chomping predators on a luxurious cruise as their island becomes a lava-flooded wasteland.
It has been three years since the events of the first movie. The dinosaurs were left to their own devices on Isla Nubular and it seems all is well in the world. Dinos just happily strolling around with not a human in sight. Things take a turn for the worse when the volcano on Nublar is threatening to wipe out every last living species on the island. The humans decide to mount a rescue mission with a sinister twist.
I’ve not long left the cinema and I’m still pretty torn about what I just witnessed. It didn’t feel like a Jurassic Park / World movie. It felt like a Horror film with a creature-feature twist. There wasn’t really a deep plot of any kind and the dinosaurs didn’t really have as much of the spotlight as its title would suggest. The dinosaurs were all either asleep, subdued or caged for the duration of the movie and whilst the film had it’s action-points nothing felt fresh, new or engaging. It was a routine motion that was achingly trying too hard at every opportunity to justify another installment thereafter.
A mix of practical effects and CGI was a welcomed bonus. It was nice to see some old SPFX coming into play throughout the film and this in addition to some spectacular cinematography kept my interest throughout. The film felt like it was dragging in numerous places and was a good 30 minutes longer than it should have been.
J.A. Bayona has a history of horror movies and he works this genre rather well into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, maybe a little too well for a film targeted at a younger audience. The use of shadows, lighting and suspenseful sequences make this Jurassic World sequel feel a little out of place. It certainly doesn’t feel like it follows on from the original. The tone is so drastic, almost polar opposite of its predecessor. As a stand-alone movie, this would work rather well but knowing it’s a sequel and seeing the filmmakers all so blatant attempts to craft yet another follow-on feature it dampens the respect that I should have for the film.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s character relationship once again takes a forced back seat as we explore the relationship with Owen (Pratt) and the dinosaur he brought up in the first movie, Blue (female velociraptor). It’s a shame as we know these characters are destined to be together as fate always intertwines them into these predicaments (and because the script says so, duh) but it’s perculiar to me why relationships between man and dinosaur are so vastly explored yet the connection to our own kind was heavily neglected within the script.
Supporting cast members Daniella Pineda who plays Zia and Justice Smith who plays the dithering, yet hilarious Franklin Webb both deserve special credit. Their characters and impact during their considerably small screen time were much greater and more endearing than that of Chris and Bryce’s.
Jeff Goldblum’s cameo seemed forced, James Cromwell, Toby Jones and a whole host of other names just all fell short of really shining in their roles. Almost like we’re being teased at what this movie could have been for it to be snatched away without a moments notice.
Despite my criticism, it’s watchable. But only the once and for a split second during a lull point in the movie I was kind of hoping the volcano had just wiped them all out right in the beginning.
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