In 2015, the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise was given a new burst of life with ‘Jurassic World’, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It went on to gross over $1billion worldwide (well deserved, if I say so myself). However, this did mean that a sequel was inevitable.
A sequel no one asked for…and yet, one that I’m glad we got.
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ once again follows Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they venture back onto Isla Nublar after learning that a volcano is about to destroy the home of the now-shut down Jurassic World park. Once there, they hope to rescue the dinosaurs including Blue, a Velociraptor, that Owen raised and trained. However, things aren’t as they seem, and the team whom they travelled with have other plans for the dinosaurs.
While I loved ‘Jurassic World’, I enjoyed this film a lot more. ‘Fallen Kingdom’ starts off in a similar vein to ‘The Lost World’, but then goes in a new, and slightly darker, direction. And it’s one that I think is inevitable: the island is about to be destroyed by a volcano, so the question of evacuating the dinosaurs comes up and I really enjoyed seeing this side of the story that is essentially the core theme of the film: do the dinosaurs have the same rights as current animals or not, and should they be saved, considering that they are/were extinct? This was a consistent question throughout the film and one I thought worked very well, because it was a question that had to come up, considering where the franchise would be going. Because of this theme and the slightly darker and, at times, more serious tone, this won’t be a film for everyone. Some scenes even seem to be influenced from horror films, which I enjoyed seeing: the dinosaurs are free and they are dangerous animals and this film showcased that effectively. This ultimately does mean that there isn’t a lot of space for humour, but the small amount of comedic moments it does have don’t feel out of place.
The two main actors (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) are also great in this once again. I enjoyed seeing them in the previous film and thought they were charming and had good on-screen chemistry. Even though they spend the first half of this film apart from each other, it was a pleasure to see them back in this entry (although I found the dialogue about their past romantic relationship completely pointless, as it added nothing to the film).
My only issue with the film was the CGI dinosaurs. The CGI in the previous ‘Jurassic World’ was impressive and made the extinct animals seem real. However, in this entry, the quality has declined and they look more animated than life-like. While this is a shame, it doesn’t drag the film down: this is still a very enjoyable entry in the franchise.
The park is definitely gone and I’m okay with that: It’s time to move in a new direction and I look forward to seeing where the next entry takes us.
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda