When I was a kid, Jurassic Park was one of those films I thoroughly enjoyed. While IT and Chucky left me traumatised, there was something about Jurassic Park that I loved. It wasn’t the dinosaurs fault that they were the way they were. Unlike Chucky. Seriously, I never wanted to even be near a doll after seeing that film. Anyway, I digress. Jurassic Park was so well-made and revolutionary for its time. A whole generation grew up with those films, thrusting dinosaurs back into the spotlight. The film was a massive success. It’s no surprise that in the current Hollywood climate of remakes, Jurassic Park was given a reboot in 2015 with Jurassic World. After the massive success of that film, we now have Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard once again return for another prehistoric adventure. But is it any good?
What is it about?
RottenTomatoes says the following:
It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
A lot of action but not much of a story
Fallen Kingdom is not a film that you watch for its story, because the plot is basically absent. Yes of course they need a reason to go back to the island. There are some surprising twists here and there. But mostly the film is just action-packed and filled with, well, dinosaurs. The film’s stars will undoubtedly be in excellent shape after all the running that they’ve done. I would say about 70% of the film consists of the stars running away from dinosaurs. Which is not too bad in itself, considering the dinosaurs themselves are stunning.
Most of the time, the action is so intense that it does have you on the edge of your seat, but in general I missed a proper story. I missed a reason to care for these creatures. Blue is the only character I was actually rooting for the whole time. That’s not to say that the human actors are not great. The stars clearly had a lot of fun in making this film, but then again, no one can beat a raptor.
That said, there is one particular scene that had me in tears. If you see this scene, you will know. God that broke my heart.
Realistic dinosaurs but not enough Goldblum
One thing that the later installments have over the original films is of course the CGI which is much better these days. Back in 1993, the way the dinosaurs were created felt real, but in Fallen Kingdom, they feel so real it might as well be a documentary on Discovery. The dinosaurs are created with great attention to detail, as was already evident in 2015’s Jurassic World. Yet somehow they have managed to make these dinosaurs even more realistic. That said, it kind of felt like dinosaur overload. Yes, of course I know that I am watching a film about dinosaurs. But when even seeing a T-Rex doesn’t truly feel special anymore, you know something is wrong.
Also, Jeff Goldblum is in the film for less than 10 minutes. I strongly feel like every film is made better with his presence, so it is a waste to not have him be around longer.
Fallen Kingdom is a very entertaining film, but that’s all there is to it. It feels as though the film is missing something crucial. The scenes are too fast and too action-packed. The plot twists do not get the attention they deserve to truly make an impact. It’s quite a ride and definitely one that you should see on the big screen. However, I hope that for the third film in the reboot, they will remember that plot is actually important too. Action is great, but it won’t be more than a gimmick unless you have the audience root for your characters.
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