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“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is directed by J.A. Bayona and it stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall and Daniella Pineda. This movie is the continuation of the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” series. The movie starts three years after the destruction shown in the last movie. In this movie, we see Howard’s character trying to get dinosaurs off Isla Nublar as the island is about to be destroyed due to an active volcano. She goes with Pratt’s character and other supporting characters go off to the island in order to save the dinosaurs. Despite being the fifth movie in the franchise, I didn’t find myself bored in this movie. I always wondered where is this series is going to lead us to and this movie has somewhat answers the questions for me.
If I had to rank the Jurassic Park movies from least favorite to favorite the list would be:
5. Jurassic Park 3
4. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2. Jurassic World
1. Jurassic Park
This movie was number #3 for me. The visual effects are better and more effective this time around. In “Jurassic World”, at times the visual effects looked out-dated and it did not have the same magic as it did with the other three Jurassic Park movies. In this one, there were some scenes where I was trying to figure out which one is pratical or computer imagery. The cinematography in the movie was stunning. I could not get over on how beautiful the movie looked. Whether they were in a jungle or somewhere indoors, it looked masterful. There is one scene in the movie that honestly almost brought tears to my eyes because of how beautiful the shot looked. The main characters had good character development and great chemistry throughout the movie. J.A Bayona did a great job combining two styles with it being part rescue mission and part gothic-horror movie. It had a good balance between it.
With all this, there were still some weaknesses in the movie. The supporting characters in the movie were not my favorite. I honestly did not enjoy Justice Smith and Ted Levine’s characters in the movie. Both of those characters were at times annoying and felt they should not be in the movie at all. The pacing of the movie got really bad during the second act, and it got slow and really hit the brakes after the fast-paced, action packed first act of the movie. In “Jurassic World”, the third act of the movie was so good, that it was able to redeem itself from most flaws. While in this movie the third act left me a bit disapointed which was really unfourtunate.
However, even with its short-coming with its pacing, weak supporting characters, and underwhelming third act, I still enjoyed the movie and would recommend watching this movie.
I did find the visual effects in the movie to be extraordinary. I also did enjoy the action scenes and seem to enjoy the portions you did too as well as being compelled by the same two characters. I agree with you on how I preferred the first entry in the Jurassic World series and completely agree that the original is still by far the best. While I was let down by this movie, I still thought it was tolerable as mindless summer entertainment. Here’s hoping the next one is better.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” isn’t without a few entertaining sequences, but it is tragically driven by a very weak story. I thought the premise was absolutely ludicrous and I didn’t buy the events of the story for a second. However, I know it is a blockbuster, so I tried to cut it some slack and just tried to have fun. With this mentality, I found some enjoyment in the first and last act since there are some fast paced action and great visual effects. I thought Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt did decent jobs returning in their roles from the first, but I didn’t really like any of the new characters. At times they felt over the top and even annoyed me. Jeff Goldblum hardly has even one scene in this movie and I felt he was included just so the movie could use him in trailers and marketing, which was pretty frustrating and disappointing. All in all, if you can get past a ridiculous plot and a very slow middle portion, you can find some enjoyment with the more intense and visually moments in the movie. Nonetheless, as much as I hate to say it, this is one of the weakest movies the franchise has seen yet, and for me is the most crushing disappointment of summer 2018 so far. I truly hope they can turn things around with the next part.
I definitely agree that “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” had some entertaining sequences. However, I will not agree with it having a very weak story. For me, the premise I thought was done well and I can agree on how the first act and some of the third act are very entertaining. The visual effects were a big win in my books. I also agree with you on how the main characters did decent jobs and while the new characters were not enjoyable and at times really annoying. Honestly, I did had a feeling Jeff Goldblum would have a cameo before the movie released so I was not that disappointed. It would have been amazing if he had a bigger role in the movie but I am okay for him having just a cameo. I agree that if you can get through a very slow middle portion, you can find enjoyment in the intense and visual moments of the movie. However, I do not consider this movie as one of the weakest in the franchise and would not call it the most disappointing movie of this summer.
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