On the 4th of July my husband and I went to see “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.
I have a very mixed history with the Jurassic franchise. In 1993 I saw “Jurassic Park” on the Saturday of opening weekend. I absolutely loved it. In 1997 I worked at a movie theatre and our manager let those of use who were interested watch an early screening of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” before it began to screen for the public. Although not as good as the first film I still liked it. However, by 2001 my interested had faded. Probably because Steven Spielberg wasn’t directing it I found I had little to no desire to see “Jurassic Park 3” and didn’t see it until I caught it one night on cable in 2015. Then a decade and half went by. In 2015 I did see “Jurassic World” and was very underwhelmed by it.
As the promotional stuff came out for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” came out I kept going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to see the film at all. There were times when I was a little interested and then after the disappointments of “The Incredibles 2” and “Hereditary” I didn’t see the point of spending my time and money on a film I didn’t really want to see it. Still, for some reason I decided to go ahead and see it. I set my expectations very, very low. In fact, I went into the movie expecting it to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think it is actually far, far better than “Jurassic World.”
Make no mistake the first act of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is very, very similar to “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”.
Yet, despite that it kept my interest. I really thought the final act when dinosaurs are unleashed in a house would be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen but it actually worked for me. I do think the film is a little disjoined. The first act on the island is like a standard action/adventure film. The second act on the boat is kind of whatever, but the third act is something different than we have seen in Jurassic Films before.
The third act is very dark, and it really hits on the darkest elements from the original film that deals with morality and the issue of scientist and humans playing God. I actually really liked how the ending of the film set up “Jurassic World 3”. I feel like there is actually an original story that can be told in three years (whether or not they will come up with something good is whole other question).
One reason I was hesitant on seeing the film is that my jets have majorly cooled with Chris Pratt over the last couple of years. Yes, he’s good looking and in phenomenal shape but I am growing a bit bored with that.
I want to see him do something else, I want to know if he can act of if he is going to just be a movie start for the next five to ten years before he is too old for anybody to care. If I just want to look at good looking guys who are in shape I can just scroll through my Instagram feed. I have never been the biggest fan of Bryce Dallas Howard but she’s actually pretty good here. Granted her character is basically a new person with the same name when compared to “Jurassic World” but she’s still better than she was in the first one. I do think that that he Jeff Goldblum appearance is needed and I loved it.
It roots the film back to the beginning and reminds us all that so many of the problems that human beings face (in reality as well as in the films) are self-created.
I would defiantly think “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is worth seeing if you like the Jurassic franchise and you haven’t seen it yet. Obviously, it’s not art but it is certainly better than “Jurassic World”, “Jurassic Park 3” and definitely gives “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” a run for it’s money for second place in the five films of the franchise.
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