Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom – Film Review
So it was another midnight screening over at my local Cineworld last night, or should that be this morning, for the showing of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, a movie that I’ve been dying to see, not for the dinosaurs, but for the return of Jeff Goldblum to the franchise.
It’s been three years since the incident at Jurassic World back in 2015 and now the dinosaurs and the island are threatened by extinction from the volcano that is about to wipe everything out, but the dilemma is, do you save the dinosaurs or do you let them die!
Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to save the creature and luck would just so have it that Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), who is the old partner of Hammond (Richard Attenborough), wants to save them as well, bringing them to an island sanctuary to stop them from being wiped out of existence for the second time. But as with any well-laid plans, things are bound to take a turn for the worse.
Claire reconnects with Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) after learning that Blue, the raptor from the previous movie, still alive and seeing that Owen has a connection with Blue, he’s the ideal guy to take over to the island to save the dinosaurs. What could possibly go wrong with the plan, well throw in that the team ran by Wheatly (Ted Lavine) that are with Claire and Owen have other ideas, bringing in what could only be the great hunters to catch Blue for more sinister things!
One thing that I think is a real shame is with the hype that Jeff Goldblum was back in the movie, don’t expect to see much of his Ian Malcolm character, the scenes are short and are really just an opener and closer to the idea that the dinosaurs will take over the planet and our time is up. I was really looking forward to him being in it much more than he was.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom has Dino-Tastic Effects
I have to say that the Fallen Kingdom does have many moments that feel Deja Vu while watching it, which although is not necessarily a bad thing, it does have you wondering how much further the franchise can go on for, I have heard that it will be a trilogy of movies, which in my point of view would fit it perfectly, especially from the outcome of the storyline in the Fallen Kingdom.
This move is one that is fun, silly and is packed to bursting point with action, although it’s nothing new, it had me on the edge of my seat throughout the film, I loved the connection between Claire and Owen, plus the look of the film is great, there was even a moment where I started to feel a lonely tear making its way down my face from a scene of a Dinosaur on the dock as it cried for help as it was engulfed by the devastation of the volcano, I must be getting soppy in my old age.
I remember seeing the first Jurassic Park on the big screen and it blew me away with the effects of the dinosaurs, maybe we are all getting used to the world of CGI these days and they don’t fascinate us as much as they used to, but they do look good in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, particularly in the second half of the movie when it goes, well I can only describe it as, Gothic-looking, but it all works very well for the overall feel of the movie.
The story of the film may lose its way from time to time and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom does start to feel like an all-out action movie with those overtones of “save the planet” and “don’t the animals of the world become extinct“, but for my sins, I damn well enjoyed the Fallen Kingdom, it was fun, silly and like the theme park it was a good ride, OK it’s not going to please everyone, but it’s a film, don;t take it too seriously, just go see it, enjoy it and have fun.
Watching the movie in RealD 3D certainly put a nice touch to the film, the 3D doesn’t have those “jump out of the screen” moments, but it certainly has some nice touches of depth that helps you feel that you are in the middle of the action, the scenes with Owen and Claire running with the dinosaurs (a scene which reminded me so much of Jurassic Park’s “They’re flocking this way” scene) looks great as you get the sense of the urgency of escaping from the destruction behind them.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Post-Credit Scene
It seems to be becoming the norm in movies these days, the post-credit scene which many of us will be familiar with for the Marvel films, but I wasn’t expecting one for Jurassic World, but I do like to stay for credits just in case. So after the film ends and we are treated to the John Williams Jurassic Park theme and them more of brilliant Michael Giacchino score, the credits come to an end and we have that extra “stinger”, a scene that may or may not open up for a third Jurassic World, but hey who knows, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a final installment, which I suppose all depends on how well Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom does in the worldwide box office.
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