Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

2482_D007_97A7812_R_CROP_01_0.0.jpgSo I know I’m late on this review, but I actually saw this movie on opening night about two weeks ago.  After watching it, I just wasn’t motivated to write a review at all.  If that doesn’t speak volumes about how “meh” Fallen Kingdom is I don’t know what else will.

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I didn’t hate the first Jurassic World film, (didn’t love it either) so I ended up going into this one with pretty muted expectations. For the most part this movie lived up to them I guess. The problem is that the name Jurassic Park certainly carries some weight, and for what we expect from this franchise, this film falls well short of expectations.  I found some of the character decisions to be stupid, including the obligatory tough military guy gets killed smarter dino moment.  There is also one moment including some genetic cloning stuff that made me literally shake my head.

2482_d046_00071rv2_wide-b0026d1a9dd0a03e6176f0d509cd95fe3a54a89c-s900-c85.jpg I met Colin Trevorrow last year, and he was a super nice guy.   I tend to get mad when angry fan boys attack him online, but its really hard for me to defend him for this one, as the script is really subpar.  It’s like they knew how they wanted to start the movie, and how they wanted to end it, but didn’t know how to get from point A to B in a two hour runtime.

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Not everything in Fallen Kingdom is a wash.  The special effects were beyond impressive, and Chris Pratt killed it as always.  Other than that there really aren’t any positives to take out of this one. It was sub-par in my opinion, and while I didn’t love Jurassic World, it is a movie with enough memorable moments that make you want to go back to revisit it.  Fallen Kingdom is lacking in those moments, and importance.

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