Movie #204 2020: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Anyone who grew up with Jurassic Park in their life has a special place for them in their heart, and that’s a fact. So how does the second instalment in the new trilogy hold up?

We join our favourites from the first movie once again in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom three years after the demise of Jurassic World. When our heroes (played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) meet up once again on the island, a volcanic eruption occurs, and they work to save any of the dinosaurs that remain there. As the clock ticks on, troubling events come to the fore; chiefly, the characters discover that there are sinister forces at play who are trying to breed a new, military hybrid dinosaur that is designed to attack enemies.

Quite upsettingly, there are things about the plot here that don’t work. After really quite enjoying Jurassic World, this movie comes as quite a disappointment. There are too many villains and not enough good guys for one thing, with the majority of the action focusing on these characters that we’ve never been introduced to before. On top of that, barely 40% of the movie takes place on the island that people came back for, and constant action makes you feel as though you’ve run a marathon afterwards; there is barely time for a breather.

So what are the positives? Full marks for cinematography and special effects, of course. None of the magic from Jurassic Park is lost in the animation of the dinosaurs, and it all looks more realistic than ever.

Because that chief focus is on the bad guys, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have way too little to do. However, they do well with what they have, especially considering that very little of the dialogue comes from them after the first fifteen minutes or so. The villains themselves do a good job at portraying menace, don’t get me wrong, but people didn’t come here for that, did they?

Sadly, it seems like this movie is devoid of the heart that this franchise once possessed, and is now simply a cash cow for production companies. Like, they didn’t even use the glorious theme music until the very end. A.k.a. The heart of the movie. Is this a fun movie? Sure. But it fails to connect as poignantly as the origin movie of this franchise does, and one can’t help but feel as though something is missing as a result of this.

All is not lost, however. The ounce of love it has comes through in the sequence where they are fleeing in the island and have to watch as a dinosaur gets engulfed in smoke and lava. That was the only emotionally gripping part of the movie unfortunately, but the positive is that things can only go up from here.

Yes, this episode of the story is still fairly entertaining, but it’s also far too long. The film runs at 100mph throughout until the very end, at which time the pace goes from 100 to 3, which ended up being really jarring and disconcerting. Its conclusion is weak, and I’m surprised I didn’t just give up and turn it off before the credits began to roll if I’m honest.

Hopefully this whole mess was necessary as a stepping stone to a better third instalment, which is rumoured to be the case. And hopefully its main stars have something more substantial to do in future.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is available to stream on Netflix UK.

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