‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review

fallen-kingdom-fan-posterJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a sci-fi adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona and written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow. The film serves as a sequel to Jurassic World as well as the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. The film features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, and Jeff Goldblum reprising their roles from previous films, with Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Isabella Sermon, and Geraldine Chaplin joining the cast. The story picks up three years after the events of Jurassic World and follows Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they attempt to rescue the remaining dinosaurs on the Central American island of Isla Nublar before a volcanic eruption destroys it. J. A. Bayona does a nice job directing the action sequences in this film, but that’s about it. Everything else comes off as too comical and cartoonish. Many of the characters are allowed to make stupid decisions that others do not object to. Chris Pratt is fine in the role of Owen Grady but his character hasn’t changed much since the previous film. This lack of growth makes Owen come off as sillier than the previous film where his character had some balance between silly and serious. Owen is also now seemingly invincible, surviving things purely because the script says so. Bryce Dallas Howard is also good in the role of Claire Dearing. Her character has changed since the last film, but it is unwarranted. She is shown to be more worried about the lives of the dinosaurs than she was before. Even founding the Dinosaur Protection Group, an activist group fighting for the animal rights of the dinosaurs. The intelligence of Claire seems to have been lessened in this film as well since other characters perform jobs she should easily know how to do. Jeff Goldblum has an interesting extended cameo as Dr. Ian Malcolm where he gives his thoughts on whether Isla Nublar’s dinosaurs should be saved from an impending volcanic eruption at a U.S. Senate hearing. Daniella Pineda is underutilized as Dr. Zia Rodriguez. She’s a former Marine who is now the Dinosaur Protection Group’s resident paleo-veterinarian, although she’s never seen a dinosaur in real life. Justice Smith is annoying as Franklin Webb the Dinosaur Protection Group’s systems analyst and hacker. His character feels useless and unnecessary for the plot. Little would change if his character was removed from the film. Overall this film lacks the heart that the previous films in the franchise had and feels entirely different than the rest. Many of the jokes do not land and the few hints of horror are limited to the opening scenes. The villains lack depth as well as are cartoonish and predictable, making unintelligent decisions that ultimately come back to bite them. Everything they do is fueled by greed and it becomes silly after a while. Also, certain lore from previous Jurassic Park films is ignored in this film. Thus creating a few plot holes and continuity errors. I give Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a Bad 4.9/10. Perhaps another reboot 14 years down the road can fix the mess this series has become.

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