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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Published May 18, 2019

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Film info

  • Title Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Director Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Year 2018
  • Run time 2hrs 8m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
  • Tagline The park is gone

It's been three years since theme park and luxury resort, Jurassic World, was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:19Submarine in Jurassic Park seems like a bad idea.
6:45Oof, they were celebrating far too early!
8:21Yay, JG talking truths again.
9:25“Change is like death. You don’t know what it looks like until you’re standing at the gates.”
18:58Ah, get together with your ex to save the world. Or the dinosaurs at least.
21:35“You call this a plane, my cousin had a drone bigger than this.”
25:13Did they just make her clunk her boot out of the plane so we know she’s not wearing high heels this time?
31:03“If I don’t make it back, remember… you’re the one who made me come.”
45:13Okay, the ball filling with water is stressful.
50:46Boat full of angry dinosaurs seems like a sensible place to be.
53:55Loving the kid. She’s a proper little Lara.
1:05:07Yea Henry Wu! Dunno why it’s so fun to see him, he’s not one of the good guys.
1:12:58“How many millions a trained predator would be worth.” God, how many.
1:14:51I feel like her red jacket is not the best choice.
1:30:24I like the hammerhead dinosaur.
1:41:30Nice bit of switching it off and on again.
1:49:32Jesus, it’s not a nice dinosaur but that is no way to go.

Thoughts

The trailer to this didn’t really make any sense to me, and didn’t make me want to see the film with any rapidity - that’s part of the reason it’s taken so long to watch it. Actually, the story does make sense and holds its own quite well. I don’t think I liked it as much as the first one but it had more story and morals and plot points which made it kinda different.

I liked all the nods to the first Jurassic Park movie, but it did feel a little like there were too many references to that and other movies as well. It needed its own strength and there wasn’t a lot of original thought in there.

I thought Owen and Claire were more interesting and more believable. There’s still a lack of character building there - I knew more and felt more about the little girl than I did for those two. But maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe all you want is some dinosaurs rampaging around Hawaii.

The special effects were good, and I even thought the volcano worked as a concept, when it didn’t seem like it was going to from the trailer. All in all, not the best but nowhere near as bad as it could have been and looked like it was going to be.

Rating: 4 / 5

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