Movie Reviews

Movie Review :: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

🚨 SPOILER AHEAD 🚨

 

Directed by : J. A. Bayona

Produced by : Frank Marshal

                           Patrick Crowley

                           Belén Atienza

Written by : Derek Connolly

                        Collin Treverrow

Release date : June 22, 2018

Rating : PG-13

Genre : Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction, Drama

Running time : 128 minutes

Personal Rating : D

SYNOPSIS :

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.

“Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur? You don’t really believe it. It’s like a miracle.”

REVIEW :

 

True to myself, now that the hype has died down, I’ve decided to write my review about Jurassic World… One month later.

 

And boy!

What a disaster!

What’s lamer than watching an overhyped movie you’d been looking forward to? Taking your spouse to go see it on his birthday with the belief that it would be the perfect gift.

It’s as if the writers got cocky and thought that mixing an exploding island, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, a bunch of action scenes, and one killer dinosaur was a recipe for a great movie. Instead, any excitement you initially had about watching this after the success of it’s prequel is destroyed with dumb villains, unnecessary scenes that make little to no sense, one blurry story/plot, and corny dialogue.

I was under the impression that the story would continue on the island, but I guess the writers saw fit to destroy it…

This made no sense to me. The Jurassic movie plots always took place on the island and so this twist felt unnecessary.

From there on, the movie seemed more focused on the movie villain’s plans to create monster dinosaurs and sell them on the black market.

Pretty unoriginal when you think about it– the first Jurassic World’s plot was centered around creating a genetically-engineered dinosaur to attract public attention, while the raptors were viewed as possible war weapons because of their intelligence and training.

Aside from the bland and unoriginal story line, details of Blue’s origins, which I’d originally expected to be the most interesting part of the movie, turned out to be a huge let down and out of touch with the movie’s plot.

Blue had always been different from her siblings, showing sympathy towards others in pain, and being the leader of the pack, but her character traits don’t seem to fit the story. She never really rescues anyone that isn’t Chris Pratt so I didn’t understand why there was a need to make her look sympathetic.

I thought the scenes showing Blue as compassionate were foreshadowing how she’d come to Maisie Lockwood’s (Benjamin Lockwood’s, John Hammond’s business partner, young (cloned) “granddaughter”) rescue…. That wasn’t the case. Instead, Maisie seems more like a nuisance whose only role in the movie is to be part of this bizarre plot twist that reveals that she’s actually Benjamin’s Lockwood’s deceased daughter’s clone, and the reason why John Hammond ended his business relation with Lockwood.

Yes, this part of the story draws a lot of attention and gasps but adding it to the already overwhelming storyline, it only made me wonder, “What is really the point of this movie? What’s it trying to leave us with?”

I hate to continue complaining about this movie… but the Indoraptor, which was created through the mix of Velociraptor and Indominus Rex DNA, is as disappointing as raisin-covered cookies. It looks big and bad in the trailer, but it’s easily defeated by Blue within a few minutes of it breaking loose.

It’s supposed to be far more dangerous and intelligent than the Indominus, but it only ended up looking like cheap replica.

Here’s an example:

For the indominus to be defeated, two dinosaurs partnered up in fighting against it, and still required the aid of the Mosasaurus.

The Indoraptor taps it’s sharp claw on the floor, walks menacingly, snaps it’s jaws… and is defeated by one dinosaur.

That ain’t too gangsta, yo!

Speaking of gangsta, our queen T-Rex really doesn’t do much except show up, kill something/someone unexpectedly, roar, and then walk away. She’s been dumbed down to epic poster, Instagram, & internet worthy photographs & gifs.

Roars in Awesome.
Appears in Awesome.

Poor T-Rex. Harambe didn’t die for this!

Ugh.

I don’t even want to go into how forgettable the supporting actors were. Or how the chemistry between Bryce and Chris was unconvincing…

But it’s just killing my mood.

I was not surprised by the negative reviews Jurassic World received. If anything, I was happy that I wasn’t the only one who saw how pathetic it truly is as it currently holds a 51% rating on rotten tomatoes while the Audience score is 55%.

If that doesn’t scream disappointment then I don’t know what does.

As one critic wrote, this movie took the focus off the dinosaurs when fact is they are what make the Jurassic series awesome.

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