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Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) *Close. The. Park.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the first film in the Jurassic series to try to break away from the franchise’s format.  All of the previous movies essentially consisted of dropping humans in a dinosaur environment.  The Lost World (or “Dinos eat San Diego”) played a little with this in the least entertaining part of the second film, and it is the film Fallen Kingdom resembles the most.  While I give it kudos for trying to do something different, there’s little else to laud in the latest summer sequel to underwhelm.  Fallen Kingdom is burdened with a truly awful script from Colin Trevorrow and serves as little more than a pothole infested bridge from Jurassic World to 2021’s Jurassic World 3.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer #2 (2018) “The Park Is Closed”

I was not a huge fan of Jurassic World (you can read my review here), but I will readily admit of the other options, it is by far the best sequel to Jurassic Park.  The fifth film in the series has a better director in J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls, The Impossible), but the script is still written by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow, and the script was one of the biggest problems in that film.  One of the most troubling developments in that film was the notion that dinosaurs aren’t impressive enough anymore.  That now instead of just normal dinosaurs, we have hybrid dinosaurs, and the weaponization of those dinosaurs by the military seems so so far from just beholding the wonder and danger of these creatures like we did when the jeep pulled up to the Brachiosaurus in Jurassic Park.  This trailer makes it look flat out like a monster movie, not a dinosaur movie, and I lose more interest in this sequel the more I see of it.  Not even the return of Jeff Goldblum and more misadventures of the world’s worst geneticist, Dr. Henry Wu, can get me excited at this point.    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22, 2018.  More below from Coming Soon. Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer #2 (2018) “The Park Is Closed”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer #1 (2018) “Life Finds a Way.”

Last night, at The Video Game Awards, Universal Studios released the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  As near as I can gather, some time has passed from the first film and Isla Nublar-turns out-is a volcano (that’s poor geological planning), and a team is dispatched to the island to save the dinosaurs while a political fight rages over whether these dinosaurs have the right to live.  At the center of that fight, and the thing I’m most looking forward to about this film, is the return of Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I was not a huge fan of Jurassic World (you can read my review here), but I will readily admit of the other options, it is by far the best sequel to Jurassic Park.  The fifth film in the series has a better director in J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls, Finding Neverland), but the script is still written by Jurassic World’s Colin Treverrow, and the script was one of the biggest problems in that film.  We’ve seen dinosaurs now.  The ones in Jurassic Park still hold up going into the film’s 25th anniversary next year.  What’s missing is a good story, and as cool as it is to see dinos, I’m hoping there’s more to it than I’m seeing in trailer #1.  Oh, and I WILL require more misadventures of the world’s worst geneticist: Dr. Henry Wu.  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22, 2018.  More below from Coming Soon. Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer #1 (2018) “Life Finds a Way.”