Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones, BD Wong and James Cromwell.
A few years on after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue his lead Raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet.
There’s a surprising amount of practical effects on display this time around, unlike 2015’s Jurassic World which was primarily a CGI fest. it’s the first time since Jurassic Park I’ve felt in awe by the dinosaurs. There’s an impressive blend between the CGI and the practical effects in use.
But sadly, the same thing can’t be said for Claire (Howard) and Owen (Pratt). There Relationship continues to be forced just like it was in the last film, and this time they want to do the same again. For some reason the writers have decided to break them up offscreen for no reason at all other than so they can have a reunion scene that is completely pointless.
The first half of Fallen Kingdom is a lot fun, it has a brilliant opening and trying to save the dinosaurs from a volcano is a really good adventure. There’s even a scene at the end of the first half I generally got vested what was on screen and even got a little teary eyed.
But it’s the films terrible second half and the cartoonish villains on display that really let the film down. The first and second half’s to Fallen Kingdom feel like they’ve been directed by two different filmmakers. The first half feels like Jurassic World which I did enjoy a lot which was directed by Colin Trevorrow who returned to help write the screenplay.
The Second half feels like a completely different movie, yes there are some horror elements that are little fun, but the story is so dumb and mundane that it is a complete mess.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t the best or worst film in the franchise, but it’s certainly the most dumbest competent. Twenty-five years after Steven Spielberg ruled the summer with his vision of an island overrun by the most magnificent, terrifying dinosaurs you’ve ever seen, director J.A. Bayona provides us with just one more perfectly below-average blockbuster that occasionally grasps what’s so primal and wondrous about the Dinosaurs.
The Final Verdict
Should you go watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? For me you could Skip it
Why? Because of the Terrible Second Half