MOVIE REVIEW: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM: (possible spoilers, but I’ll warn you)

So l saw the new Jurassic Park movie Thursday night and… I…. Well I liked it. It was good. It was exciting. It had all the amazing, gorgeous special effects of a JP franchise movie. It had the amazing gorgeous Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It had all those moments that make you jump, squeal, and sit on the edge of your seat. But…. For me it was missing something. And I can’t quite put my finger on it.

It is kind of like how the second Jurassic Park movie was really good, but not nearly as good as the first one. Same thing happened here.

It is like the people who made Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom didn’t know what was so great about Jurassic World, and in the case of the sequel just tried for something, anything, whatever. They put in dinosaurs and the two great characters…but they got this new movie wrong. It didn’t feel like a labor of love, like the first one felt to me. It almost felt like “let’s see if we can make as much money as the first one!” The characters were not very well developed this time. Kind of cardboard. I didn’t believe in them as much as I did in Jurassic World. I saw Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard’s character) change and grow in the first Jurassic World movie but not in this one. Saw her change from a person who saw the dinosaurs as assets into believing they were real, living animals. This time she just mostly filled up space. I did not believe that she was making the lives and rights of the dinosaurs her life’s mission.  

Possible spoiler… If you’ve seen the commercials you will already know this, so that’s why I call it as possible spoiler. For some reason a “supposed dormant volcano,” which we’ve never heard about before, is going to cause an extinction-level event on Isla Nublar—the island where the first, fourth and fifth movies take place. I did not believe that. That right there just spoiled the whole movie for me. Claire is trying to save as many of the dinosaurs as possible and allies herself unknowingly with the wrong people.

Anther Spoiler! A Tyrannosaurus Rex was brought to the mainland in The Lost World—Jurassic Park, the second JP movie, and in this movie a bunch of dinosaurs are brought to the mainland. And it doesn’t work. This is a movie that actually needs to just stay with the formula. I just don’t think it works otherwise. And big big big plot hole? We found out in The Lost World that Isla Nublar is not the only island with dinosaurs. That dinosaurs were originally created and grown on another island called Isla Soma. So major problem right there. Why is Claire and Owen trying to save the “only dinosaurs” left alive when there is another whole island filled with them?

*shrug*

I was just disappointed and I didn’t want to be disappointed. I wanted to love this movie…and I didn’t. The same way I didn’t love The Lost World.

Will I see it again? You bet I will! I’ve seen all of them over and over again.

Hey! I was a boy. I was a boy and most boys love dinosaurs.

I collected fossils! I found some cool ones too, myself, and not just ones bought in stores. My heart raced with Sam Neil/ Dr. Alan Grant when he (and I) first saw a living dinosaur, a brachiosaurus, towering over him, eating from the top of that tree and letting out those elephant-like noises. I was blown away!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was an okay movie.

Sadly, for the reasons above and quite a few others, it was not a great movie. It will be interesting to see who agrees with me, who doesn’t, and what this means for another Jurassic movie.

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