Movie Title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Director: J.A. Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall
Run Time: 128 mins.
Year: 2018
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“Nature found a way”

The sequel to ‘Jurassic World’ is a fun, albeit intense film. This film absolutely should not be viewed by children under the age of 13 as there are some scenes which may be too intense for the younger child and a few uses of colourful language. That being said, this film is great for parents who were fans of the original Jurassic Park, as it's something of a medium for them to pass down the franchise to their children. In addition to this, it does indeed provide viewers with the opportunity to view and learn of the duality of morality as well as ethics in science and the world a là “some things should not be done”.

Firstly the plot; which sees returning characters Claire and Owen(played by Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt respectively) being hired to ensure the safe transport of eleven species of dinosaurs from the nearly destroyed Isla Nublar. Without spoiling the film it can definitely be said that the first half of it does feel too familiar. In the sense that it is more of the same from the “Jurassic” franchise. Another point which must be made is that some plotlines in the film feel quite artificial and shoehorned into the movie. However in spite of a somewhat predictable first half, the film truly shines in it's climax, where personally I feel that it was able to capture the essence of the original films with high tension and a powerful soundtrack to assist. The plot, while fairly rudimentary does still manage to provide viewers with an enjoyable film.

Furthermore, the special effects employed by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” really did prove to be a visual feat for the senses. It also does deserve extra recognition for the fact that the film made use of a mix of practical and computer generated effects that made every single one of the dinosaurs in the film feel truly alive and terrifying. This is very much on show during the opening minutes and climax of the film. The darker visuals and almost gothic tone provided by it also do impact the overall tone of the film, making it significantly darker and grittier than the original “Jurassic World”, which varying on the viewer could either be enjoyed or hated.

Onto the characters in the film. Newcomers Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda are without a doubt the most endearing members of the cast, even with their characters playing supporting roles. This is unfortunately a shame as not unlike the two aforementioned actors “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has an issue in the underutilization of its own characters, for example Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm and James Cromwell’s  Ben Lockwood. These characters could have brought much more meaning and depth to the story. Moreover the relationship between Chris Pratt's Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire often feels forced and stilted, in fact, the character of Owen has a much more meaningful and emotionally grounded relationship with the velociraptor Blue.

Although not without its flaws “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is beyond the shadow of a doubt an enjoyable addition to this summer’s collection of big-budget blockbuster films.

Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
Self professed film buff, aspiring writer and comic book geek.
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