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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Director: J.A. Bayona Studio: Universal Pictures

Dinosaurs spared no expense!

Once again, dinosaurs roam around the Earth.

It’s been three years since I saw Jurassic World and now the new sequel officially came to my eyes. Director Bayona, known for directing The Impossible and Monster Calls, made his first non-horror feature film, but he did add some suspense to it. The retuning the cast of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and the legendary Jeff Goldblum, who return the favor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park, have climb on board for this anticipated Jurassic Park/World sequel.

This film centers two former Jurassic World workers, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, who are trying to rescue their dinosaurs and their species from the impending doom of volcanic eruption. As the two, along with the two handy-helpers (portrayed by Justice Smith and Danielle Pineda), have rescued and brought to the island, a man who was in charge of the dinosaur-rescue mission reveals his plan to sell dinosaurs for profit. The four must stop the man from selling dinosaurs and setting them free to the world while facing a new dinosaur form called Indoraptor.

The film itself was okay as I enjoyed most of the scenes: Pratt and Howard together as this forms a character relationship and funniest, yet surprising suspense coming from the dinosaurs unexpected. This suspense reminds of the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park as the film involves character ambition of the villain(s).

I also enjoyed the performances of Rafe Spall, B.D. Wong, and Isabella Sermon. Spall done good job on his juicy role. In addition, I heavily enjoyed the performance from the English actor Toby Jones and the duo of Justice Smith and Danielle Pineda. Jones and Smith give me all the surprising laughs ever in this film. Even the director Bayona can make this happen if he knows what comedy is.

Although I didn’t enjoy this film because of the usage of volcano eruptions, lazy writings, and the producers and the director taking away the original sensations from the first Jurassic Park film and Jurassic World. It really ruined my spirits of Jurassic Park. This film falls under the average town when it comes to dinosaur movies. I really hated it.

As I aforementioned this, this film seems okay, but I don’t mind seeing another sequel as long as they put something good that familiarizes the nature from the original Jurassic World movie back into its place rather than adding something new. I cannot say it’s a bad film or a one-out-of-five-star film. I can watch this, but I’ll save my excitement for Incredibles 2 as well as going back to watch the original Jurassic Park and World. You have the option between any sequels.

Remember what Jeff Goldblum said, “Life will find a way.”

Running time: 128 minutes


(Review by Henry Pham)

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