Small Screen Reviews
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review
What’s It About?
Our heros Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are lured back to Isla Nubla in a bid to help save our lovable dinosaurs from an impending explosive volcano and move them to a safe haven – but inevitable nothing is as it seems, and man’s greed gets the better of him.
Who’s In It?
Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie, Jurassic World , & Guardians Of The Galaxy 1 & 2)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World, Black Mirror, Pete’s Dragon)
Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, & more recently Thor: Ragnarok)
Other notables include:
Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The Life Of Pi, & more recently The Ritual)
Toby Jones (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Captain America, & more recently Atomic Blonde)
James Cromwell (Babe, LA Confidential, Big Hero 6)
Director: J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls)
Following the success of Jurassic World, anticipation was pretty high for this, the latest in a classic franchise. J.A. Bayona, of The Impossible fame, takes over the reins from Colin Trevorrow (who is on writing duty), and with his background has brought some incredible set pieces to the film, dripping with tension and full to bursting with entertaining action.
Everyone’s favourite dinos are in trouble after the volcano on Island Nublar erupts, so multi millionaire Benjamin Lockwood , a former friend of Jurassic Park creator Richard Hammond, steps in to offer the prehistoric creatures a safe haven on another island, and he beings together estranged couple Owen Grady and Claire Dearing to facilitate that.
But things are never as simple as they seem, and there are some ruthless business out there looking to do a roaring trade in selling dinos on the black market. Needless to say, things go awry and doom-monger Dr Ian Malcolm’s words start to prove prophetic.
Chris Pratt exudes charm and infinitely more confidence in his second outing, secure in his lead man status following his Marvel adventures, and his on screen chemistry with the charming Bryce Dallas Howard is palpable, if woefully underused. And that seems to be the main theme of the film, with talents such as James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum, Rafe Spall and Toby Jones all criminally underused in the movie.
Director J.A Bayona still manages to impress with some outstanding action set pieces and going big with the dinosaurs, as well as incorporating some nice Gothic chills in the Lockwood mansion, but he is badly hampered by a truly inadequate and at times thoroughly underwhelming script.
That said, if you like action and dinosaurs, and little more, then Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a reasonable romp, but the clue is really in the title.
In A Nutshell:
Director J.A. Bayona goes big with the dinosaurs, the set pieces and the tension, but the plot goes by the wayside.
The action set pieces
The spectacle itself – especially on the IMAX screen
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s on screen chemistry
The inadequate script and the woeful plot
Release date: 05/11/2018
Certificate: 12 / 12A