by Marisa Winterbottom, Nerd
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
In a world, where dinosaurs exist on a quarantined island, and humans must decide their fate, a group of heroes must fight to save them.
But wait, don’t these animals keep showing us that we can’t coexist with them? When will these people learn?! Never, it is a franchise, silly.
Fallen Kingdom takes place quite some time after the events of the first film. The dinosaurs have been left alone at the now defunct animal park, and nature has started to take the island back, and destroy it. Because, “oh no!”, the long dormant volcano has suddenly become active and it is ready to reign fiery doom on its inhabitants. Does this sound historically familiar to anyone else?
As the volcano begins to churn, the politicians must decide what to do with the reborn creatures of our past. A small group of dino-sympathizers decide they can rescue a handful of species and take them to another oasis to live out their lives. Naturally, Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, are the only two who know these animals well enough to find specific ones and they join the rescue mission. Naturally, all does not go according to plan.
This Jurassic World is different from all the other stories in the franchise, as it doesn’t take place in the park for most it. Which is unfortunate as the parts in the park are the only good ones in this film. The CG for the park and the dinosaurs was gorgeous. The escape is thrilling, and the last few minutes on the island are heart wrenching. However, I was incredibly disappointed in the second half. It is painfully predictable, the villain is obvious from the start, and his end goal will make your eyes roll. They do make it really easy to hate this guy though, so kudos.
Chris Pratt does well in this film, mainly because it is similar to most of the roles he has in other films and shows, not very groundbreaking or noteworthy. We did get a great performance from Bryce Dallas Howard whose character really starts to show how much of a badass she truly is. Newcomers Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda were amazing and are perfect additions who make up the rest of the hero team. I hope to see more of them in the next films. But characters alone are not enough to save the lack-luster ending to this story. It is of course set up so they can make several sequels, and if they are done right we might have some excellent stories come out of it in the future. But unless you must see dinosaurs on a screen more accommodating to their size in real life, I would skip the theater for this one. Save your money, wait for it to hit HBO.