Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

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The Park Is Gone In Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom!

The Park Is Gone In Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom!

The latest film int he historic Jurassic franchise is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This film is a direct sequel to 2015's Jurassic World and follows the adventures of Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they once again return to the theme park full of live dinosaurs to save them from an extinction level event. The movie is a scarier and bolder journey as the series is taken to new places thematically and pushes the franchise forward in surprising and exciting ways. J.A. Bayona directs this film bringing his signature horror vibes to the series which works well especially in the second half of the movie.

This story trends familiar ground while also staying fresh in certain ways. Once again a group of heavily-armed mercenaries and expert scientists arrive on Isla Nublar to rescue the dinosaurs from an active volcano which threatens to destroy the entire island and every form of life on it. It's a thrilling sequence that has our heroes racing against time to save as many of these creatures as they can before lava overtakes the small speck of land. The story then takes a turn as they arrive on land with a few of the terrible creatures to sell them in a black market dino-trafficking ring. Our heroes must decide the fate of humanity by either releasing the once-extinct animals or letting them all die.

The visual effects and stunt teams do a great job of bringing these creatures to life and keeping us o the edge of our seats throughout this movie with some excellent surprises and plenty of thrills and chills. It's certainly the scariest Jurassic film and the movie's bleak look works in tandem with the heavy subject matter.  However, this isn't a film children can't see, but parents will want to be discerning with each child to make sure it's appropriate for them. The filmmaker handle the tonal and aesthetic shift in the middle of the movie well as it's set up earlier and feels like a natural evolution of the story and not an abrupt change making for a more dynamic film overall.

The cast is excellent as each of them brings something unique to their characters and makes them feel different. However, it would have been a welcome change to get deeper into each of the characters as this franchise has never been worried about getting to know each of the main characters very well outside of the original classic.  Chris Pratt brings his humor and badass quality to Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard gets more to do as the intelligent Claire Dearing. Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda both add plenty of welcome comic relief, but aren't deep enough to care much about them. The film's weakness is it's one note villains but they're serviceable enough, and B.D. Wong still needs to have more to do as he is magnetic on screen, but for some reason they never give him more than one or two scenes.

The sequel does some things very well and other things not so well, but it's an enjoyable ride worth taking. The franchise takes a big leap forward in this movie and sets up some interesting future for the franchise. It's gonna be another three years before we see exactly where they're going with this thing, but everyone will want to see where the filmmakers take it from here. Check this one out in a packed theater of fans and you'll enjoy yourself. I give Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a 7.5 out of 10.

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