Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I went into the latest dinosaur film feeling slightly cautious as the trailers I’ve seen on almost every cinema trip since April haven’t filled me with confidence. However, I hoped it would be a surprise and in a way it was. I can’t say I loved the film and it definitely left me wanting more, but I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy parts of the film.

‘…Fallen Kingdom’ sees Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) return but this time they have to go back to the island to save as many species of dinosaurs as they can before the once dormant volcano errupts. This allows the film to have a few awesome, if not slightly predictable, set pieces that showcase the film at its best. There’s definitely still something great about seeing dinosaurs on the big screen, and by also veering into a bit of horror, every action scene felt distinctively different.

There’s definitely still something great about seeing dinosaurs on the big screen…

While the dinosaurs reign supreme in this film, the human characters lack any real bite. New characters range from uninteresting (Toby Jones’s Mr. Eversol) to completely and utterly annoying (Justin Smith’s Franklin Webb). Like it’s predecessor (World not Park) the film has a real villain problem. Because the dinosaurs seemingly aren’t trusted enough to run the show, we’re given a flawed one in the shape of Eli Roth (Rafe Spall). What could’ve been an interesting moral dilemma turns into a typical one note bad guy extremely quickly. Claire and Owen are once again good, but sadly not memorable leads. If anything, Claire comes out of the film for the better while Owen lacks the energy he brought to the original, hiding behind one liners for most of the runtime. Pratt and Howard’s chemistry is still strong, it’s just a shame everyone else feels so out of place. And let’s not even mention the fact Jeff Goldblum’s introduction to the second trailer is longer than his screen time in the entire film.

While the dinosaurs reign supreme in this film, the human characters lack any real bite.

There’s been a lot said that this is a very stupid film at times. While it certainly is (there are a HUGE number of really dumb decisions), it’s not that big a distraction. As I mentioned before, the film excels when it’s concentrating on its set pieces which means it’s a case of the journey not mattering too much when the destination is brillaintly fun. But it is true that when the action isn’t on screen, what is transpiring is pretty dull at times.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is definitely going to divide opinion. I understand almost all of the critism it’s been receiving but I also found a lot to enjoy. It probably doesn’t help that this followed a film I really liked. Definitely not the dissapointment I feared it would be, but at the same time not going to win over many people. However, it worked for me up until a point.

7/10

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