Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review
What I loved about Jurassic Parkwas that it was more then a "lightning in a bottle" blockbuster with a blend of physical animatronics and computer animation. The movie was also morale about the dangers of scientific genetic creation. It presented several sides about making new animals and even whether they should exist among humans. It was a Frankensteinstory along with dinosaurs. When it came out in 1993, it was one of the biggest movies of all time. Even today, in 2018, it still holds up as an awe-inspiring adventure that was both terrifying and optimistic.
When Jurassic World, a long awaited sequel, came out in 2015, audiences were split on it. While a lot of people, including myself, phrased it for giving the story a proper push into its story of gene manipulation and the business behind it, many people also felt they just got a copy of Jurassic Parkwith dinosaurs that were majority computer animated. I'll admit that I can understand that as even I can see further how fake the dinosaurs looked. I still support that film for at least being a fun blockbuster that I could enjoy. Will Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomtake a step forward or backwards? A step backwards.
Following the events of Jurassic World, the former theme park as been abandoned. A volcano is also about to erupt, endangering the entire dinosaur population stuck there. While the U.S. Senate, along with Dr. Ian Malcolm (Played by Jeff Goldblum), feel like the creatures of instinct should be eradicated, several dinosaur-rights activists, including former operations manager Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to save them. Claire is contacted by Banjamin Lockwood (played by James Cromwell) and Eli Mills (played by Rafe Spall) with plans to move the dinosaurs to a sanctuary (guess they forgot about the other island from The Lost Worldand Jurassic Park 3).
Claire agrees to help and brings along systems analyst Franklin (played by Justice Smith) and dinosaur veterinarian Zia (played by Daniella Pineda). Knowing that securing the last remaining raptor will be difficult, she also gets former trainer Owen (played by Chris Pratt) to come with them. When they arrive, they see that time is limited as the volcano is about to erupt and a team has already been securing various species. When they do successfully get off, Claire and Owen realize that the company gathering the creatures is going to sell them on the black market.
Like the title, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomshows how far things have fallen from grace. I guess we can begin with the story and plot which messes up right from the beginning. It wants to make an ethical case on why the dinosaurs should live, but given how the previous Jurassic Parkmovies have stated that the creatures and humans cannot coexist. Plus even if they were all killed, don't the companies have instructions on how to simply recreate them again? There's really nothing at stake.
Jurassic Park, and even Jurassic Worldhad some memorable moments with action and the dinosaurs. I cannot think of one memorable sequence with the dinosaurs, and the ones that do stick out are stupid or unexciting. I can say that the majority of the movie is off the island. That's right. Much of it is either on ships, in offices, or a mansion where the second half of the movie is set. So things either feel familiar or, especially with the house, feel like a disappointing downgrade, given that it becomes a "monster in the house" plot.
How about those dinosaurs? Eh…there in the movie. You get your pterodactyls, raptors, t-rexs, brontosaurus, pretty much stuff you'd expect and want. I will say there is a greater effort at using a mix of animatronics and computer animation…to a point. Sometimes, they can look good, but they also seem less fluid and more transparent, given some of the designs and color choices.
Without spoiling anything, I'll say the ending does bait a potential sequel. It wants to take a different direction, which is fine, but the decision on how they get there is so stupid, that you still fail to understand why dinosaurs need to live. You can't make the situation scary and compassionate!
I'll give this one wrecked Jurassic Park truck out of five. If your looking for simple dinosaur action, you'll get more of it here, but minus the memorable characters. This makes me realize that I doubt we'll ever capture that same magic of the Spielberg classic that will remain a masterpiece. But as with Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, the series looks to be heading for extinction.