REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ the Good and the Bad

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is kind of a dud. There’s really no way to get around that (check out this non-spoiler review if you want more details). There is some fun to be had, as well as some genuinely entertaining moments, but even those are tainted with a large amount of terrible and downright confusing ones. In the interest of remaining somewhat positive while also not sparring any words about how terrible I thought this movie was, I wanted to go through some of the good and bad things from the film.

Before you go any further SPOILERS for Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom.


Good: DINOSAURS!

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I always feel a little giddy whenever we go back to Isla Nublar, and this film was no different. It was so great to see dinosaurs both old and new and watching them interact with each other and the world around them reminded me why I enjoy the first film so much. They are also responsible for the only time I felt even a shred of emotion throughout the film when the Brontosaurus (is it a brontosaurus?) got left behind while the volcano was erupting and you hear it’s calls as the ash engulfs it. The Dino Vs Dino fights were pretty standard for the franchise, but entertaining nonetheless. My personal favorite was the fight between Blue and the Indoraptor. The only problem is that they spend way too much time focusing the human characters which leads to my next point…

Bad: Boring Humans

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When I go to a Jurassic Park film I really only want to see dinosaurs, I don’t really care about the failed love lives of our protagonists, especially when they have virtually no chemistry. This film spends way too much time worrying about the human’s involvement in the plot and justifying why there needs to be a new Jurassic Park Movie. You can tell that Chris Pratt is trying to bring some life into this soulless husk of a story, but it’s not enough. When will studios understand that we don’t watch Jurassic World for the humans any more than we watch Transformers for Shia Lebouf?

Good: Ian Malcolm

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For the five seconds that Jeff Goldblum was in the movie, reprising his Role as Ian Malcolm, were fantastic. Given everything I know about his character, It made perfect sense to me that he wanted dinosaurs to die. He made a very compelling argument and I found myself mostly agreeing with him. His monologues were very reminiscent of the early films and he gets my favorite line in the film “Change is like death you can’t see it until you’re standing at the gates.” In this convoluted mess of a movie seeing a familiar face, even if he was barely in it, was great.

Bad: Clone Kid?

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By far the worst thing in this movie is the shoehorned story-line that Benjamin Lockwood’s (James Cromwell) granddaughter Maise was actually a clone of his dead daughter and this is the reason that Lockwood and Doctor John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) parted ways. This is completely unnecessary and they don’t dedicate nearly enough time to it to make it even remotely interesting. In a world where you can resurrect dinosaurs, it makes sense that human cloning might not be too far out of the realm of possibility, but I don’t think it is an element that the Jurassic Park franchise needed.

Overall Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is full of some very questionable and frustrating decisions, but it’s not the worst Jurassic Park film by any means (I’m looking at you The Lost World: Jurassic Park). Hopefully, they can learn from this for the third installment and someday we can get a film as good as the original.

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TL; DR

Overall Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is full of some very questionable and frustrating decisions, but it’s not the worst Jurassic Park film by any means (I’m looking at you The Lost World: Jurassic Park). Hopefully, they can learn from this for the third installment and someday we can get a film as good as the original.