The first installment of the Jurassic Park – I mean World franchise was a delight mainly because it’s been a long while. Having seen the entire Jurassic Park franchise in theatres when I was younger, I was indeed curious and excited to see what the new one has to offer.
Keep in mind that that Jurassic World (2015) is no match to the heart and soul of Jurassic Park (1993) BUT we have to admit the first movie of new franchise was very entertaining. The dinosaurs were more terrifying, scenes were more intense and it was more graphic (*crunch); however, there’s something I noticed that’s making it hard for me see where the franchise will go.
If you take a look at the events of the entire Jurassic Park franchise, you’ll see that Jurassic World is repeating what has been told already. But who knows where this film will go, right?
Now fast forward to three years after the events of the previous film where the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar has been abandoned.
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.
Well, that’s what the synopsis says. Once you see the film, you’ll see that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is basically Jurassic Park: The Lost World. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing because Fallen Kingdom is indeed a big improvement – something that both the old and new generation of fans will like. The only difference is the tone; not to mention, the direction they are heading.
I think we can all agree that the new franchise is not only under the science fiction adventure film genre but horror as well. Come on, admit it! I know you felt that, too. The first few minutes were really intense. It was terrifyingly beautiful if only they didn’t add in some unnecessary CHARACTERS (not actors, okay?!); not to mention, plot points.
Okay, comic relief is good but it isn’t always needed. Besides, Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady is already there and he is capable of that. Moreover, plot points can make or break a film.
If you’ve seen it – how many plot points did you notice and which ones didn’t really contribute anything? Yes, I am fully aware that this is a film about dinosaurs roaming the earth once again but that doesn’t mean you have to throw in various details for the sake of entertainment. The idea of Jurassic World though terrifying is entertaining to begin with. Those unnecessary plot details are ruining the fun.
Oh! There’s one more – Maisie Lockwood!
Seriously!? Don’t get me wrong. I like her character especially her scenes which are definitely a tribute to the earlier films but I don’t feel the essence of her storyline. Was that added just for the sake of one scene where the captured dinosaurs were trapped? She can successfully deliver “I had to. They’re alive, like me.” by being HUMAN just as Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) did when he delivered, “Welcome to Jurassic World.”
Despite Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s failure to bite, I am still interested to see how they’ll present the next story now that the dinosaurs are free. Suddenly, the title “Age of Extinction” popped in my mind. Anyway, whatever title they use or story to present, I hope they embrace the horror genre and make one terrifyingly beautiful finale! 6/10 IMDb
P.S Please do not be like Evolution (2001).
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still in theaters!