Decades after the Jurassic Park trilogy, the defining adventure series of our generation, Hollywood released its sequel, Jurassic World. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Nick Robinson, Jurassic World takes place on the Isla Nublar, the same fictional island from the previous movies. Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt, has to save the visitors in the dinosaur theme park after a dinosaur escapes and goes rampage.
Jurassic World might not capture Jurassic Park’s charm and technical wonders, but it offers what we might expect from the series: thrilling adventure, gripping action, and scenes of dinosaurs chasing people. Jurassic World is sufficient enough to satisfy our thirst for seeing these magnificent beasts on screen. Jurassic World might not be a sequel that we need, but its content is enough to be a Jurassic Park sequel. However, its sequel, Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, does not meet the expectations.
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom is set three years after Jurassic World. A volcanic eruption threatens the lives of the dinosaurs at the theme park. Claire Dering, the park’s former manager, asks help from Owen Grady to save the lives of the dinosaurs.
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom does not offer the experience that its predecessors do. It is painfully derivative and does not give any refreshing spin in the Jurassic Park universe. Everything feels like we have seen it before, but done better in the previous movies. The tone is darker, which does not necessarily help the severely lacking script or underdeveloped characters. The movie also feels ridiculous, but not in an entertaining or fun way.
The technical aspects are also lacking. The visuals are mostly computer-generated, which is depressing and almost insulting because the original trilogy was known for its groundbreaking effects and animatronics. The direction is subpar at best and inconsistent at worst, which can only do so much because of the horrible script. The performances of the cast are also nothing remarkable. Lastly, the dinosaurs in the film do not feel threatening or scary, which is a fatal mistake for this type of film.
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom is a pointless and unneeded sequel. It is severely lacking in all fronts, whether it is direction, visuals, or even performances of the actors. All of this brings us to the most disappointing fact about Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom: it is not exciting, enthralling, or even moderately tolerable as an adventure film.