Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Movie Review)

Oscar Rendon | June 25th, 2018

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is back for round two, along for the ride are returning characters Owen & Claire (Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard) from the first Jurassic World. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona, story written by Colin Trevorrow, and also stars Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and Jeff Goldblum. 

After mix reviews from critics after the release of the first Jurassic World, fans still went in droves to the theaters this past weekend to watch the jurassic spectacle starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film poses a philosophical premise right from the start. Should the dinosaurs be saved from extinction once more? Although this theme is lightly explored and talked about in the film, it never reaches it's full potential. The film never relies on much character building, it expects us to know who Claire and Owen are even though we never get much from them in the first film either. What we do know is that Owen is close to his Velociraptor 'Blue'. Claire on the other hand is an activist for the dino's in this film, her purpose is to try and save the extinct race from facing the same fate again. Howard does a great job conveying her feelings for the animals but not enough of her reasoning is explained or even mentioned. We are also introduced to several new characters that we never get to see enough of, or when we do are used for comedic value. Daniella Pineda's 'Zia' was a great character with smaller moments, I wish she would have been the human focus of the film. If you watch it, you'll understand why. The villains of the film come off very evil for evil sake and no real motivation. 

All that said, the film is a fun adventure that one can lose themselves in when watching the flick. The CG dinosaurs are incredible to look at and the sequences involving dino-human interaction is always a striking visual. This film does have a bit more heart than it's predecessor but more towards the animals than the humans. The story the film leads into is far from what the original Jurassic Park ever set up but depending what genre's of film you're a fan of it might peak your interest. Overall the film was a fun action packed ride from beginning to end, a few story details that I wished were explored more with characters I want to know more but still haven't gotten enough from even after 2 films. The dinosaurs as always look great and watch out for one of the franchises most heartbreaking scenes, more sadder than that Infinity War ending if you can believe that. Also, stick around around after the credits. 

The Grade

C-

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