Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Written by: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 8 min.
My 2 Cents:
When Isla Nublar’s dormant volcano erupts, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) join a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. As you can probably guess, not everything goes according to plan!
The Lost Kingdom is marginally better than the first Jurassic World movie, because there’s more of a human element to the film. The people in it are no longer only needed to highlight scale and be dinosaur food. The story is also a little more interesting and it strolls along in a logical (if somewhat predictable) manner. There’s not much wrong here and this is as summer-blockbuster-y as summer blockbusters can be. It’s solid popcorn munching entertainment to divert the attention for a couple of hours. Will you remember it? Probably not.
This is the fifth Jurassic movie and the series lost its ability to amaze after Steven Spielberg’s first effort. The plot in The Lost Kingdom does put the franchise on a different path, but there isn’t much here to care about. Dino-island is gone, but most of what occurs in Lost Kingdom has already been explored, and the new stuff doesn’t guarantee a shiny new direction for the series. We can expect more of the same for many years to come. A full screen shot of the T-Rex roaring (because that never gets boring) Blue the smart Raptor showing up to save the day, and some new ‘boss’ dinosaur to beat. This series is less about telling cool new stories these days, as it is levels in a video game.
But, as I said, The Lost Kingdom, level 5, is a little more interesting than level 4. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are a good match up, and newcomer, Isabella Sermon is a solid addition to the cast. Her character, Maisie Lockwood, is the ONE interesting development in the story that should give the series something new to explore, as long as the box-office bucks keep rolling in. From what I saw, and judging by the audience reaction to it, I don’t think this series is going away anytime soon.