Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom – Film Review

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

What’s it about?

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom is directed by JA Bayona and is a sequel to the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda and James Cromwell among others.

When a volcano threatens to erupt and wipe out all the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar, John Hammond’s old partner Benjamin Lockwood hires Bryce Dallas Howard’s character to recruit Chris Pratt and go to the island to save the dinosaurs from extinction and transfer them to an safe sanctuary. However, things don’t go according to plan when they discover that someone in Lockwood’s estate do not want to save the dinos, but sell them for profit. As they race against time to stop this from happening, they must not only fight those with these nefarious designs for the dinos, but the dangerous dinos themselves. How they manage to do this is what makes up for the rest of the film.

What’s Good?

What is noticeably different about this film as compared to the last one is that there is much more action in the film. The action is choreographed and executed well and is much better than Jurassic World. Also the action here is much more darker and scarier than any of the other films in the franchise barring the first one. The big bad of the film, the Indo Raptor is an excellent addition and is truly terrifying. The film is filled with some tense moments that will keep the viewer glued to the screen for the entire runtime of the film. Special mention regarding the VFX, the cinematography and the background score, they really enhance the viewing experience of the film. The film ends on an interesting note with a promise of a sequel and I cannot wait to see the next chapter of the franchise.

What’s Not?

While the film delivers in terms of action and thrills, it does not cover any new ground in terms of story. It is basically the same story rehashed for the most part, and this is a let down. The middle act of the film where the story shifts away from the island and into a dino facility is a little slow. But the worst part is that the human villains who have significant screentime do not get any sort of character development and do not leave any impression whatsoever. Some sequences involving them are amateurishly written and feel like we are watching cartoon villainy in display. Thankfully there is a lot of action happening around them to distract us into having a good time at the cinemas!

Performances

This film is more about the dinos and hence the human actors do not have much scope to perform. Chris Pratt is charismatic and has great screen presence, making him a good action hero. Bryce Dallace Howard gets more action scenes this time around and holds her own against Chris Pratt. Jeff Goldblum and BD Wong are there for two scenes and are completely wasted. James Cromwell does not get to do anything other than lie around in bed, moping. Rest of the cast is decent but do not make much of an impact.

Final Word

A step up from the previous film in terms of scares and adventure, this one is good time at the cinemas!!


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