+ Recommended – PG-13, Action, Adventure
We are always searching for those movies that can take you back to your childhood. As someone who enjoyed the first Jurassic World movie, my expectations weren’t super high for Fallen Kingdom. I wanted to be entertained and watch Chris Pratt run around with some dinosaurs. What I got, however, was a lot more.
It needs to be said that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is not without fault. The writing can get a little clunky and the dialogue sometimes sounds unbearably cheesy. BUT, This is still a damn good movie. There have been quite a few films where when I looked at it objectively, from a child’s point of view, I could see where the appeal would be. Last night in that theatre, I didn’t have to try to put myself in the shoes of a kid, I was immediately transported to the first time I watched Jurassic Park. The visuals that J. A. Bayona brings us are stunning, yet heartbreaking, as our lead duo from the last film team up to try and save the dinosaurs left on an island with an unstable volcano.
We have some fresh character to add to the team this time around. Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) have been working with Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) as she petitions various lawmakers into supporting funding for the safe removal of the dinosaurs still trapped on the island. Isabella Sermon plays Maisie Lockwood, the granddaughter of John Hammond’s partner, Howard Lockwood. These new faces really impressed me and I’m excited to see how they fit into the next film; that’s not to say that these characters are used to their full potential, or even given notable arcs.
The most exciting aspect of this movie, of course, involves the dinosaurs. Specifically, the way the movie pushes us to view them. We get an introspective humanitarian view of these creatures as they struggle for the right to survive. Some of my favorite scenes from Fallen Kingdom are the playbacks of videos where Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady is interacting with young Blue (see image above). The film gives us these heart rendering moments to remind us that, no matter how horrifyingly terrified that cold open left us feeling about some of these dinos, they are still animals capable of compassion. Which is not to say that the chase scenes won’t have you at the edge of your seat, because they will, but is more of a reference to the fact that nothing is all good or evil. Not everything is as simple as we want it to be. This movie included.
Let us know what you thought of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! Is there hope for these new movies or should they be left in extinction with the dinosaurs? Also, when are we going to get Jeff Goldblum in that iconic, black button-up shirt again?