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Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kingdom (2018) Movie Review

My Cat Persephone Wrote this Review on her Smartphone. It was better than Mine. .

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Stop me if you’ve seen this 4 times in 25 years. Oh, you have…

Then you don’t really need a review to decide if you’re going to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Why? Because it’s a Jurassic movie and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll see a version of “AND THEN ALL THE DINOSAURS ATTACK!.” You paid your ticket, you know it’s coming.

Having written that, it’s comes as a pleasant surprise that Fallen comes with a bit of a curveball to the usual Jurassic formula. To a much lesser extent, it’s a bit of Last Jedi to The Force Awakens. Frame by frame, it’s a Jurassic movie, but you can tell that writers Derek Conolly and Colin Trevorrow (who directed the previous Jurassic World) along with director J.A. Bayona (Penny Dreadful, A Monster Calls) have taken just a bit more time telling a structured story.

There’s an actual plot until…all the dinosaurs attack.

Synopsis

Fallen Kingdom takes place 3 years after the events of JW. Isla Nublar is still overrun by dinosaurs and none of them have crossed over to the mainland. A volcano has erupted, and it won’t be long before the island and everything in it, is, um, extinct.

I mean, extinct again.

(read this is your best Jeff Goldblum voice) Dr., ahh, Ian Malcom (um, Jeff Goldblum…yeah) is in front of a bunch of ahhh, guys, spouting the same things he was preaching in the first Jurassic Park, but this time, he’s in, a, suit. He thinks the dinosaurs should be left, um, to die, because it was a mistake to clone, um, ahhh, them in the first place. He points to the previous 4 movies to bolster his case.

Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is still in high heels and she’s an advocate for the dinosaurs. She gets a mysterious phone call from someone who is also pro-dino.

Claire is driven to a gigantic estate owned by the old and enigmatic Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell AKA Farmer Hoggett). Lockwood and the late John Hammond (the late Richard Attenborough) were the ones that created dinosaur cloning but had a falling out for reasons you will never ever find out until the third act.

Lockwood has a cute little granddaughter who will no doubt be in great danger by the time the movie is over.

Lockwood and his sketchy associate Eli (Rafe Spalls) want to capture and transfer all the remaining dinosaurs from Isla Nublar and put them on a sanctuary so they can live the rest of their lives out in peace.

(SPOILER) This is exactly what happens and nothing bad happens to any of the dinosaurs or people (END FAKE SPOILER)

Eli has asked Claire over because she might know a guy who could help with the transfer of the dinosaurs.

Claire does know a guy. His name is Owen Grady (Chris Houston Pratt). They broke up between sequels because of some issue that will be resolved before the credits roll.

Owen says it’s a stupid idea and dinos should just die. Claire brings up Owen’s favorite raptor Blue, who Owen trained. Owen says no.

It’s okay because when Claire and a heavily militarized crew go off to Isla Nublar, Owen Grady is there because he’s Chris Pratt and he’s the star of the movie.

Their mission is just to capture and transfer, but when the head of your troop is played by Buffalo Bill himself (Ted Levine) you know that everything will go smoothly.

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What Works With Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

  • Without delving too much into spoiler territory, the second half plays more like a horror movie than what you’re used to seeing. You know what’s coming, but it’s from a different angle than the previous 4 movies.
  • Lockwood’s Estate- Thanks to production designer Andy Nicholson, Lockwood’s estate is now a place I want to live, minus all the PG-13 carnage that ensues.
  • You’re used to the dinosaurs attack action, but the tensest moments of the movie involve a blood transfusion with someone you really shouldn’t be poking needles into.
  • The Ending- the less said about it the better.

What Doesn't Work With Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

  • 0 out of 10 Goldblums- the much-anticipated appearance by Jeff Goldblum reprising Ian Malcolm is barely more than a cameo, though he does get to say the movie’s best line of dialogue.
  • When I see noted character actors like Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones take paycheck parts in which you know they’re just going to get eaten, I wonder if they really need the money to or if they just want a new wing to their house.
I see the redecorating is going well.

I see the redecorating is going well.

Overall

Come for the dinosaurs. Stay for the (mostly successful) attempt at story. Or as Father Hoggett would say “That’ll Do”.

Buy Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Now!

Comments

Noel Penaflor (author) from California on June 23, 2018:

Thank you

Noel Penaflor (author) from California on June 23, 2018:

It's good if you liked the previous movies

Movie Whisperer from Moreton Bay, Queensland on June 22, 2018:

Me too! Great review.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 22, 2018:

Interesting article. I wouldn't mind watching this film.