Entertaining but overall? A little disappointing!
Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Director: J.A. Bayona
Rating/ Runtime: PG-13/ 2 hrs 8 min.
Ugh! I’ve been waiting for this movie for sooooooooooooo long! I loved the first one and was thrilled for the sequel. But I should have known by now that just like the original movies, the sequel is always horrible! That’s not totally true but it was a let down for sure.
Think about it, Jurassic Park was extraordinary! It blew minds with its technology and even now it holds up (I should know as I just watched them all again this weekend). The second one, “Lost World” was awful! Nothing new and other than Jeff Goldblum, the main characters did not return. Now Jurassic Park 3? That was brilliant! Sam Neil returned and the movie offered fresh new thrills and new dinosaurs! I loved it.
Well, I think history is repeating itself because Jurassic World was amazing! Chris Pratt was a funny addition (and also eye candy to be honest) and the lovely Bryce Dallas Howard was a fantastic anti-hero type. She worked for the evil, God-playing INGEN but quickly learns the error in her ways and again, there was something new. The nightmare-inducing “Indominus Rex”, not to mention the trained raptors! All good stuff!
Which brings me to Fallen Kingdom. Don’t get me wrong, it was very entertaining. Howard and Pratt are still great together, and there is plenty of action. Unfortunately, it was all regurgitated stuff from previous movies. And the hugely anticipated return of “Dr. Malcolm”? More of a cameo really and not even a good one. There is one awesome twist at the end but instead of doing more with it, it’s merely a footnote to the film. Hopefully they mean to do more with it in the third installment, which as I said, is bound to be amazing if we’re going by the pattern.
I’m a total dino nerd and I love these movies as I loved the book by Michael Crichton, so I can still give it a solid rating. I can’t say the same for other movie critics though. If you’re a fan then I think you will still find it worthy of a great movie night!