J.A Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom felt like a rollercoaster ride complete with peaks and falls and lots of sideways arcs in its story. We have our qualms with it, but much like the dinosaurs in the film, we gave it another chance and after a lot of thinking, it is definitely a lot of fun.
This dino-epic sequel is set after the events of the first film. The remaining dinosaurs of the now-abandoned Isla Nublar have been thriving on the island, but their very existence is threatened by the island itself because of an extinction-level event - the eruption of the Island’s volcano. Former Jurassic World Operations Manager, Claire Dearing, and her band of dino activists, the DPG (Dinosaur Protection Group), sought the help of Sir Benjamin Lockwood. The esteemed billionaire was John Hammond’s former business partner and he wants to make sure that one of Hammond’s dreams would come true, by transferring the dinosaurs to a safe haven.
Lockwood orders his right-hand man and acting CEO to his empire, Eli Mills, to assist Claire on her mission, but they need an expert to capture the most important specimen, the Velociraptor, Blue. Claire tracks down her former partner and former Park Raptor trainer, Owen Grady, to help them with the operation. However, Mills has other plans for the dinosaurs, and he’s created one particular monster that could ruin the mission and put humans at the bottom of the food chain.
Much like Steven Spielberg’s vision for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom boasts spectacular visuals. Bayona combined the staple animatronics with modern VFX mastery to provide the tasteful dinosaur scenes. The volcano eruption sequence was a blast to see *pun intended*. It was like traveling back to the Cretaceous period and seeing how these extinct animals behaved in the wild and in their natural habitat.
While we were in awe at the visual prowess of the film, we still had problems with it. The very first thing we noticed was the sloppy pacing of the film that made some of the interesting arcs underdeveloped. Our second issue with it was the rehashed plot of dinosaurs rampaging in a human-inhabited environment because let’s face it, we’ve seen that before in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. While some elements of the film were swimming in shallow waters, Fallen Kingdom does try to bring in new arcs that were not the usual don’t-mess-with-life MO of the previous films. The film gets a bit existential and finds itself setting up a moral conflict with its main characters. We won’t say too much to avoid spoilers.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t the perfect evolution of the franchise, but much like the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 65 million years ago, it made its mark on us. It’s a thrilling new adventure that spared no expense. We’ll give it 3.5/5 movie stars.
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