Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
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Directed By: JA Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallace Howard, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones
Jurassic Park by Spielberg remains a landmark movie which to this day gives us the same satisfaction as watching it for the first time. 2 more movies followed it in the Jurassic Park franchise but they couldn’t create the same magic. A group getting trapped in the park and their subsequent rescue was the same basic plot followed by both. Last installment of Jurassic World was a reboot of the franchise and the script was similar to the Jurassic Park. A dinosaur goes rogue in an amusement park and the lives of all the visitors are put in danger. But what worked in its favor was the gap of 14 years as people watched it for nostalgia. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom follows the same path as Lost World but it pushes the boundary and nicely sets it up for the franchise.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom like Lost World begins after the tragedy in the amusement park. Isla Nublar is left unmanned and the dinosaurs are roaming freely. It was a lost world then but a fallen kingdom now. But Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom gets its success compared to Lost world. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is larger than just a Dino thrill frill. This movie takes the logical path as life finds its way and humans suddenly become part of a food chain.
Isla Nublar is now a bed of active volcanoes waiting to explode. The US Senate debates whether to save the dinosaurs or to leave them to their fate. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallace Howard), now a dinosaur rights activist meets Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) of the Lockwood Estate. Both, together with Benjamin (James Cromwell), Hammond’s former associate, hatch a plan to transport all the dinosaurs to a safe location. To rescue Blue (the lovable raptor), Claire recruits Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for his history with the Velociraptor. Claire, Owen, Dr. Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda), a paleoveterinarian and a systems analyst, Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) reach Isla Nublar. How Owen and team rescue the dinosaurs forms the rest of the plot.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom as a piece of the franchise is spot on but it fails as a stand alone movie. It is nothing compared to any of the previous Jurassic movies. The previous franchise had given us characters like Dr Alan Grant, Dr Ellie Sattler. Jeff Goldblum does reprise his role as Dr Ian Malcom but only for a fleeting moment. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallace Howard are not good enough to be lead characters. Chris Pratt is never convincing in his role and his on and off romance with Claire is irritating. Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith are a better fit and provide much needed comic relief. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is one of the most dinosaur- less movies as they remain caged and sedated most of the time.
All the previous Jurassic Park movies made their name for the thrills and the horror. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom has very few of these subdued moments. There are no dino duels and the Indoraptor created is not menacing enough. With man made dinosaur creating a havoc, it treads the same line as the last movie. Even though Blue saves the day but, through no fault of hers, she doesn’t give the same majestic feeling of the T-Rex.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is more than a dinosaur thriller. It has more heart than heart stopping moments. Dinosaurs had gone extinct due to an act of God and by the act of man had come back to roam the Earth. Now humans have the power to leave them to a similar fate, will they push the button or not? Throughout the length of the movie J A Bayona tries to create sympathy for the creatures. He recreates the famous Jurassic Park scene with Brachiosaurus where Dr. Zia gets emotional on seeing them. In one scene, a Brachiosaurus gets left in the island and engulfed in explosion. Not just that he also has used a Stygimoloch for the comic effect in a major scene. By the end of it you root for the dinos even though it endangers humanity.
The final act is the big question and the theme of the movie. Do you want to save them or not. The VFX are good as usual but they could have created a more menacing villain dinosaur. The missing iconic T-Rex is the biggest miss as far as I am concerned. Watch it and share your rating above.
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