Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the second installment of the of the second trilogy in the Jurassic Park universe. This time the movie sends our favorite character Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) back to Isla Nublar to try to save the dinosaurs before a volcano destroys the whole island. I have never been a huge fan of the Jurassic Park movies but I did enjoy the first Jurassic World. However, the franchise is getting to a difficult point where it actually needs to start writing entirely new content for its films rather than backpacking off of content from earlier films. How does the film stack up with some of the other great films of the year?
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
I am going to try to be gracious and overlook most of the faulty science that exists in this film but there is specifically one instance that I just can’t overlook. Shoutout to my Earthquakes and Volcanoes class at Purdue for teaching me that the pyroclastic flow of an erupting composite volcano will usually travel at speeds over 400 mph and are usually over 1000F in temperature. This means that there is approximately a -350% chance that Chris Pratt can keep up with the pyroclastic flow and survive in it for even a second.
Outside of the science, the writing of the movie was absolutely horrendous. I can’t wait until Cinemasins gets ahold of this movie because they are going to go to town. There are so many areas of inconsistency in the storyline that just made me frustrated. It started in the opening few scenes where they literally pull out 10 Jurassic Park cliches in the first two minutes. How many times are we going to hear a “We made it” or “We’re safe now” seconds before a death? How many times is Henry Wu going to create the new baddest dino alive and then basically let it loose to go on a killing spree before he learns his lesson? Also, there is a scene where a Carnotaurus fights a Triceratops right next to where Owen and Clair are hiding, and as the Carnotaurus turns and looks at our main characters a T-Rex comes out of nowhere is kills it. First of all, why are these two carnivores fighting in the middle of a volcano eruption? Secondly, how in the world did the not see the T-Rex from a mile away? Movies make me mad sometimes.
It felt like no thought went into any character outside of Owen and Claire. The writing was super sloppy and ultra predictable. Even with them, it was the predictable story of a couple in a movie sequel that is no longer together but they fall in love again throughout the course of the movie. It happens in one of the original movies and it happens in other movies such as National Treasure 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and many others. Also, I think about half the movie was Chris Pratt sneaking around a dark room and giving hand motions of whether is safe or not. There was very little originality in this film and I really need to see some more creativity in the screenwriting for the final episode of the trilogy.
So I just went on a rant that probably made Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom look like the worst movie of all time. It is definitely not an awful movie, nor is it a complete waste of your time. Visually, this film actually looks really good. Its pretty incredible to go back and look at how the dinosaurs looked in the first Jurassic Park 25 years ago to how they look now. They really look pretty amazing.
The movie was actually really funny. In reality, you could just sit Christ Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in a room together and have them play backgammon and I’d be entertained, but they do have so good moments in this film. I also enjoy the state of the dinosaurs when this film ends. The dinosaurs that are left end up let loose to roam as they please. It is an intriguing idea as it looks like the next movie will have dinosaurs and humans living amongst each other.
If they can get someone to write the movie for them that actually understands how normal humans communicate with each other, I think that there is some potential that it could make for a really good movie. As for this movie, it was a violent swing, but a miss none-the-less.