Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I’ve never been a dinosaur movie fan. It’s not me, it’s them.
I just have a lack of disinterest in creatures that go “Rawr” in general, really. You can’t particularly give a dinosaur character, you can’t really make them interesting nor emotive, so what’s the point of making an entire film around them?
Or, in the case of Jurassic Park, an entire franchise.
The original Jurassic Park was a pretty decent film, the dinosaurs looked incredible and the directing, due to Spielberg of course, was great. It’s just a shame that the series got progressively worse throughout the years until we reached this, the worst of the bunch, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is so bad it honestly makes me stressed to even think about it.
The plot this time around involves dinosaurs and genetic modification, if you can believe it. It’s the same basic plot as the first Jurassic World film (which I also didn’t enjoy that much if I’m being perfectly honest), but done in a much lazier fashion. There’s nothing new on offer here, no new characters that are particularly interesting, nothing to really get invested in. It’s the definition of a hollow lazy blockbuster. It’s just a slideshow of everything that is wrong with Hollywood and it knows it and revels in it, which I can’t tell if it makes it better to watch or worse. I’m gonna go with worse.
The actors involved don’t do much to improve the film either. There’s also a noticeable lack of character development all round: none of the characters go through a journey and become anything more than they were at the start of the film.
I guess Chris Pratt is alright? He doesn’t exactly bring any nuance to the character, but then again that could be because the script has basically zero character development in it. It’s just pure straightforward action, and bad action at that.
Bryce Dallas Howard couldn’t feel more like she’s phoning in her role here. She clearly just simply didn’t care about the film (Who can blame her, in all honesty). The less said about the new actors, the better.
Justice Smith plays a keen member of Claire’s (Bryce’s character) team and he’s just so plain annoying. I hope he’s better in Detective Pikachu, because otherwise I’ve lost all faith in humanity. There’s clearly a cut romance between him and the other new character, Zia (played by Danielle Pineda) that must have been lost on the cutting room floor, and the absence is felt very clearly throughout.
Oh, and Rafe Spall stars as the single most generic villain I’ve seen in a film. He’s got no depth, no good lines, not even a good motivation to justify him being in this film. He just is.
Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the worst ‘Jurassic’ film so far, and an awful blockbuster to boot. Avoid it at any and all costs or you too may be forced to experience how dull and uninspired this film is.
If you compare this film to the original Jurassic World, It makes it look like Jurassic Park.