#MOVIEREVIEWMONDAYS: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” was directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, two survivors of the events of the previous film who return to the abandoned theme park to rescue the dinosaurs from an active volcano.

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Being completely honest, I wasn’t a fan of the previous film. It was fine as a simple popcorn movie but lacked any real vision. “Fallen Kingdom” makes “Jurassic World” look like “Citizen Kane”. This film is nothing more than a colossal failure.

 

There are only three things somewhat decent about the movie: the CGI is good, Pratt and Jeff Goldblum portray likeable characters, and Bayona is barely able to keep the movie afloat. That’s it.

Nothing else about this movie is even halfway decent.

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The story and screenplay are a complete mess, with jangled, cringy dialogue and characters that are so lame and stereotypical they were essentially copied from a dictionary definition of stereotype. Every character is dreadful.

The pacing and even genre of “Fallen Kingdom” constantly changes, starting from a fast-paced action movie from a bad monster movie in a mansion. I had no idea what was going on half the time.

The movie serves as nothing more than filler for the already-announced sequel. Normally I wouldn’t be this mad, but considering this product is coming from a billion-dollar franchise is shameful. Everything is wasted.

The only thing keeping the movie from being a pile of garbage is J.A. Bayona, a director I actually like. With his experience with computer-animation and larger-budget films, he doesn’t really save the project as much as he makes it at least look somewhat visually appealing.

Consensus

Don’t see this. Trust me. If you want a truly great dinosaur movie, watch the original “Jurassic Park” (1993) … or “Rugrats: Reptar Returns” (2014).

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