Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Film Review – An Enthralling, Tense And Different Sequel

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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June 5th, 2018

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast


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Summary:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a more focused, grandiose sequel that is not afraid to change tonally for new tense adventures and matures the franchise in the process.


Reviewed by:
Rating:

3
On June 5, 2018
Last modified:June 5, 2018

Summary:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a more focused, grandiose sequel that is not afraid to change tonally for new tense adventures and matures the franchise in the process.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Film Review  

Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

Jurassic Park (1993) has become a landmark within the film industry; being critically acclaimed for great direction from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg. It was ahead of the time, leading into the industry with groundbreaking animation techniques for prehistoric dinosaurs and compelling characters.

The series laid dormant for a couple of years but returned with a panned sequel Jurassic Park III (2001), which lost the signature charm seen in the original film. After the mixed reception of previous films, Universal Studios made reasonable choices and put the franchise on hold for over a decade. There were numerous attempts at bringing the series back, with Spielberg intending to return into the world of Dinosaurs.

All this changed with mega-hit Jurassic World (2015), which grossed a whopping $1.672 billion at the box office. Breaking box-office records and bringing in a new era of dinosaur fun to modern audiences. World’s tremendous success at the box office gave Universal Studios confidence in setting camera again and explored these lovable dangerous creatures. But can the next instalment, live up to the immense hype seen before? Or kill off the iconic series for good. Jordan Samuel finds out in the official ComiConverse review.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) is a high octane summer adventure within the dinosaur breeding universe, led with tons of solid action moments and enduring but two-dimensional characters. The park is closed, but those adorable creatures still get into some crazy adventures, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel but does a few fresh things in the genre.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) is set couple months after the original park's demise, with the iconic dinosaurs having freedom over Isla Nublar and former dinosaur trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) has to round up his animals. But with limited resources, can the Jurassic crew rescue these precious creatures from impending doom? A question which gets shimmered throughout the 2-hour runtime. The tense tone makes each one of the genetic animals feel like them in proper danger, making for one of the riskiest films in Jurassic Park history. There are issues, however, which all stem from the pace which jumps at a breakneck speed not allowing enough time for audiences to connect with characters.

Former dinosaur trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is not alone in his adventure, with love interest Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and IT technician Frankin Webb (Justice Smith) fighting for the endangered species. The difficult task of rounding up these potentially violent animals is what makes the Fallen Kingdom so inciting throughout the runtime. I adored seeing these unlikely friends working together to save these iconic creatures, allowing them to feel less like a deterrent against rebelling mammals.

Written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow (The latter no stranger to the Jurassic Park universe) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, it tells a horror-centric adventure within the universe, focusing on the beautiful and dangerous monsters and their place within the world. It delves into the modified Dinosaur slave trade, which has been hinted at in the franchise but never indeed explored solidly. Focusing on a darker tone, which makes for some creative storytelling elements.

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Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is an experienced and charismatic dinosaur trainer who is after better lives for his animals inside the terrible situation, fighting a battle against the commercial nature of Jurassic Park. Owen Grady gets some needed character development, as his forced relationship with Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is fleshed out and adds more complexity to the basic plot. Pratt also delivers another solid performance, with his signature charm allowing for some fun summer blockbuster fun - working in spades with his peers. Spanish film director J. A. Bayona adds more layers to the generic Navy soldier, with his growth making for uninterrupted viewing.

New characters and the returning icon Dr Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) all have significant roles, which do not get in the way of the blockbuster dino action. I wanted more of Goldblum in his signature role, mainly due to his intense screen presence but his part is smaller than expected but does give me a sense of nostalgia. Perhaps, in the sequel, he will be fleshed out within the story and given a chance to ride dinosaurs like cowboys.

Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) also returns as the parks relations coordinator Claire Dearing and delivers another solid performance even though her role is not as important this time around. Bryce Howard is an underrated actress, but sadly is wasted again in this sequel and feels at odds with the charismatic lead actors. I wanted to love the character, but the hollow personality limited overall enjoyment: writers don't even try to flesh her outside the romance angle which feels tired. However, the comedic banter with her colleagues makes up for the shallow damsel in distress. But, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom does not allow the character to bloom, instead gets used for pointless jokes about love interests.

Verdict

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a more focused, grandiose sequel that is not afraid to change tonally for new tense adventures and matures the franchise in the process. There is something for everyone in the Fallen Kingdom from stable action sequences to fun comedic moments, doubling down on sublime family values. It might not be the most original film of the summer season, but it does so many things right! Universal indeed has upped the ante.

J.A. Bayona might not have wholly revived the series to its former glory, but does his best in bringing together summer dinosaur fun for audiences across the land. Another substantial treat for fans of the franchise, and people looking for some wild horror-infused action!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theatres worldwide on June 22nd. It runs 128 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, language and crude references.

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Jordan Samuel is a pop culture aficionado and content editor for ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @JordanESamuel

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