Like many of us who grew up watching the original Jurassic Park on the big screen back in 1993 and the two others that followed it, it was a no-brainer to go see the sequel to 2015 movie Jurassic World. Before I go any further, spoilers will be written. So continue at your own risk.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom jumps forward in time three years after the park was closed down after all the dinosaurs escaped and caused havoc on park goers. The park has been abandoned and the world has found out that the island, Isla Nublar, where are the animals live, has an active volcano that is going to erupt any moment that will destroy all life on the island. The question on the mainland has been brought to the US Government if they should or should not save the animals. The short answer is no, with a little convincing from Dr. Ian Malcolm who gives a spectacular speech in testifying before Congress. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island through private funding of a company that wants to save the animals, in particular, “Blue” the raptor that Owen raise since birth. But not all is what it seems. Cue the running, screaming and jumping for their lives and all heck breaks loose until the end of the movie.
What I Liked About It;
Once again the Jurassic Park franchise delivers the one thing everyone wants to see, people running away from dinosaurs. The franchise has come along way since the first one but the constant has been being able to see these huge creatures on the big screen and being blown away by their movie magic. What is great is that they raise the bar with each movie that is created. So while you get the same idea, you walk into the theater knowing that you’ll see something amazingly new.
Reprising their roles is both Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. Both once again bring their A game to the big screen. Between their banter back and forth to the running away from the dinosaurs, you can not argue that they are both amazing at their craft. I mean you have to be good at convincing people that you are actually screaming bloody murder at a dinosaur that is trying to eat you.
The supporting cast was just as brilliant. Actors Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda, while not household names yet, they went toe to toe with both Pratt and Howard and were just as good. Also in the supporting cast was Toby Jones and Ted Levine who both can and have played great villain roles. The movie also had acting royalty with a supporting role from Academy Award Nominees James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum. While their parts were fairly short both were memorable. But the breakout star I think was Isabella Sermon who played Maisie Lockwood. It takes a certain type person, heck even a kid at her age, to be able to act off that many incredible actors and not be forgotten. What’s more interesting, from her IMDB page, this seems to be her first acting role.
What I Think Didn’t Work;
I liked everything about the movie except the script and overall story. The action and acting was great but the story didn’t feel natural to what we have seen in the past from the franchise. I mean really, I get cloned dinosaurs, but a cloned human with possible dino DNA? Really it’s when they get off the island and back to the mainland and the second part of the movie starts that felt extremely rushed with the pacing, even though the dinos were loose and chasing everyone.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a horrible movie, just not my favorite within the Jurassic Park franchise. Which makes question are we getting desensitized to awesome movies? The bar keeps getting raised with bigger special effects, bigger explosions, over the top action sequences.
While I enjoyed it a whole lot, you aren’t missing out on anything if you don’t see it on the big screen. Really check it out when it comes to VOD or cable.