The ‘Jurassic’ Franchise Has Become A Fallen Kingdom

Yesterday I went to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hoping that the alarming Rotten Tomatoes score (a rotten 51%) wasn’t completely accurate and that I would end up actually liking the film. Wrong! This movie is clearly the worst film of the year I’ve seen so far and for so many reasons. So, I’m about to relay to you every reason why this movie was so lackluster in quality and there will be plenty of MAJOR SPOILERS so I advise you to discontinue reading this now if you don’t want to know any of the details of this film. Thank you for heeding this warning and I hope you enjoy. Let me tell you about this movie.

The Story

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I’ve just recently watched Ant-Man and the Wasp and the reason why that movie was so incredibly enjoyable was because of its simplicity. The same cannot, unfortunately, be said for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Unlike most Jurassic films which are essentially part horror/action films this movie was focused heavily on dialogue to spur forth the movie’s story. For some movies that works but for a franchise that is designed heavily on enjoyment via dinosaur chomping this was not a great change of pace.

For twenty to thirty minutes the movie sets up this plotline that the dinosaurs are about to become extinct (um, yay) and that there are those that want to make sure these prehistoric animals survive. That’s when Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who happens to run a dinosaur protection agency gets contacted by the Lockwood Estate (one-time friends of the pioneer, John Hammond who created Jurassic Park) to participate in an expedition to save the remaining dinosaurs before they are wiped out by a volcano. One of the dinosaurs the Lockwoods want is Blue, the velociraptor that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) trained and so she goes to recruit him for the rescue mission.

Owen, however, was one of the few people in the movie (besides Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm) to have a head on straight when it came to the annihilation of the dinosaurs. He knew they were about to go extinct but why should he care? He almost got eaten a numerous amount of times when things in Jurassic World went awry. Why on Earth would he want to go back to the same place that nearly killed him time and time again to save these man-eating monsters? But of course, because you can’t have Jurassic World without Chris Pratt in it, he decides to help his ex-girlfriend, Claire go save the dinosaurs and that’s when the movie basically starts.

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The only remotely enjoyable section of the movie is the sequence that takes place on the island as Claire, Owen, and their newfound friends, Dr. Zia Rodriguez and tech nerd, Franklin Webb, try to save the dinosaurs. There’s suspense, plenty of dinosaurs, an actually surprising betrayal, and a lot of earth shattering noise that makes this sequence a treat to watch. But after that the movie goes south real quick.

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The movie’s story never leaves the confines of the Lockwood Estate where we learn that Eli Mills, the main villain of the film and head of the Lockwood Estate, is trying to sell the dinosaurs for hundreds of millions of dollars. He’s created with the help of Dr. Wu a new species called the Indoraptor which is supposedly the smartest dinosaur ever to be created. I’ll talk a little more about the Indoraptor a little later.

The one child in the Estate (because there’s always a child,) a girl by the name of Maisie, happens to be a genetically created clone, hinting at the idea of clone making for the future Jurassic World movie. It’s supposed to be a shocking discovery that she’s a clone but after the slow build up to that reveal it feels more like a cliché twister than an actual drop-the-mike moment.

By the end of the movie the dinosaurs that managed to be captured off the erupting island are let loose into the United States, cementing the reason why this series is called Jurassic World. People are forced to coexist with dinosaurs and that’s the scenario the movie leaves us with.

I’m sure that sounds very interesting indeed but after the long crawl to get to that eventual climax the senses have been dulled to lack of care due to the immense boredom the movie provides. I mean, I wanted to go to sleep because the movie was that boring at times. And when the action started to finally happen the movie was basically over. And that’s what leads me to this next section about the Indoraptor.

The Indoraptor

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The Indoraptor could’ve easily been the scariest dinosaur to appear in the Jurassic franchise and for the most part it definitely looks scary. Unfortunately the movie’s unwillingness to make the movie truly terrifying was what hurt the Indoraptor’s scariness the most. Here was this dinosaur who had been bred to be the ultimate killing machine and yet for some reason Owen, Claire, and the little girl, Maisie, were practically invincible against this thing. Every time it got close to killing one of the main characters it slowed down to a repetitive crawl that provided enough time for someone to save the day. But when it came to everyone else who didn’t matter the Indoraptor killed them within seconds. It was honestly ridiculous.

One of the reasons why Jurassic Park is still so terrifying is it puts the characters in real peril, even the children. You never think to yourself, “Oh, they’ll be fine because clearly someone is going to save the day.” The movie was laced with suspense and we saw important characters actually perish in Jurassic Park. The velociraptors were ferocious and terrifying and they never hesitated to eat somebody just long enough for the heroes to be rescued…every time. That’s what happened in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom over and over again and it was very, very annoying indeed.

My Conclusion of the Film

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I was super excited to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I thought it was going to be a great movie filled with dinosaurs left and right and instead it was an overly complex film that left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is easily the worst installment in the franchise, beyond the silliness of Jurassic Park III, and that’s a shame because I would’ve never thought it would be that bad.

The romance between Claire and Owen once again feels forced rather than a natural occurrence. The suspense is less than sub par. The villain is as cliché as they come. And the action is terribly predictable throughout. The only thing about the movie that I enjoyed was Owen, mainly because I like Chris Pratt, and the ending which does showcase a promising concept for the next Jurassic film as humans are forced to live in a world with dinosaurs roaming the land like bears and wolves. The characters themselves didn’t exactly hurt the movie but the story was just 100% boring. And, I have to admit, I did get a bit teary at a certain part at the end of the film, but besides that the movie was truly awful.

I’d give this film a 57 out of a 100 and 2.5 out of 5 stars. Jurassic World might not have been the best movie ever made but it was light years more enjoyable than this installment in the franchise. I wrote a post about two months ago wondering whether Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was going to be a success or unfortunate flop? Well, it wasn’t in essence a flop because it has made over a billion dollars but it definitely was a razor-sharp disaster storywise.

I hope this review was helpful for you and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day.

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