You would think that they would have learned. After 25 years, after all of the carnage, the savagery born from idle splendor, the lesson would have been learned that mankind and the great beasts that roamed the Earth almost 65 million years ago were not meant to coexist, but NO!!!!! The fallout from the Jurassic World three years ago bears fruit in the form of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Isla Nublar is ready to blow; the island’s volcano has become active and the island’s prehistoric inhabitants are in danger of going extinct once more. The government is grappling whether or not to intervene and save these creatures or leave them to die and while debates are ongoing, Claire Dearing is approached by Eli Mills, an associate of a former colleague of the late John Hammond, to mount an expedition to save the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar’s fate.
Claire must enlist the aid of her ex-boyfriend, Owen Grady, the raptor-trainer, to return to the now ruined Jurassic World site, track the dinosaurs down and spare them from Isla Nublar’s fate but does anything run according to plan when dinosaurs and the people who have an interest in exploiting them are involved? Of course not!
I recall being remarkably lukewarm/indifferent to the original Jurassic World three years back. I felt that writer/director Colin Trevorrow was beating an extinct horse trying to pay homage to the Spielberg’s groundbreaking sci-fi/disaster flick. Now J.A. Bayona is in the director’s chair working with a script penned by Trevorrow and Derek Connelly and they take the franchise into new territory with Fallen Kingdom while still holding tight to the familiar traits and tropes of the original Jurassic Park features.
Yes mankind is depicted as the stupidest animals in the feature but I honestly found a higher degree of fun watching this installment of the franchise than the last one. The craftsmanship is more sturdy with Bayona at the helm but it is still discernably flawed in its makeup.
The film is more exciting and does have a greater degree of suspense but I felt that it was too focused on the central human characters like Owen, Claire, Eli Mills, Maisie, while other characters are just relegated to background or insufficient noise.
Do I like how Trevorrow and Connelly wrote this story for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? For the most part, I do because I felt that the film was a step-up from the last film. Do I like what Bayona brought to the film as a director? Yes because the tone of the picture is more of what I was hoping for.
I thought Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were more engaging in this film compared to the last one. The cast as a whole, could be categorized anywhere between decent, misused and completely underutilized. Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Isabella Sermon ranked as decent, didn’t care much for Justice Smith’s character or Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Jeff Goldblum, B.D. Wong, Geraldine Chaplin were among the underutilized.
The visual effects and Michael Giacchino’s music were excellent, Oscar Faura’s cinematography and Bernat Vilaplana’s editing was good, Andy Nicholson’s production design was solid, as was the art decoration and the set decoration of Tina Jones and Carolyn Loucks, and Sammy Sheldon’s costumes were alright.
What do I take out of this? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is built atop the fossils of its predecessor and it is an improvement but while it does take the franchise in new territory, it still offers the usual in what you’ve seen out of Jurassic Park; frights, head-scratching examples of human catharsis and great visuals. It’s like a new attraction in a theme park that is known for only one thing.