Life finds a way. Jurassic Park is a movie that I think people hold dear in their hearts and the reason is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a wonderful movie, filled with awe draw-dropping effects, rich characters, amazing action sequences and a fun adventure vibe. The movie has transcended the test of time and here we are in the fifth film of the franchise. None of the sequels have come close to matching the magic of the first movie, and while Fallen Kingdom is no exception, it’s an entertaining, dumb action adventure film that was perfectly fine for what it was. Is this a great film? No. Absolutely not. But it’s fun and that’s what matter’s when you go to the movies, doesn’t it?
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard both return, as they must save the last remaining dinosaurs (whom still run free on the island after the events of the first Jurassic World) from an erupting volcano on Isla Nubar. Things don’t go according to plan and now the fate of the entire world is at risk.
Let’s get the bad out of the way first. The script is incredibly dumb. Characters do stupid decisions that don’t make any sense and the entire third act is almost silly, but I was never bored. There are a lot of callbacks to the first and the rest of the series and callbacks aren’t necessarily a bad thing when you want to play on nostalgia, but here they do feel a bit tacked on and unnecessary. The dialogue is pretty cheesy and terrible, there’s one line spoken by a little girl towards the end that made me cringe. The story is a bit messy and there’s this completely implausible and stupid subplot about the military and how they’re trying to weaponize dinosaurs, which was present in the first Jurassic World but it’s expanded upon here—to terrible results. The villain is also very weak and doesn’t really add anything to the plot. Also, the movie adds a completely unnecessary plot twist than didn’t need to happen in this series.
But other than that, this movie has some fun action sequences. The first half takes place on the island, where the Volcano is about to erupt and it’s pretty entertaining. Danger lurks at every turn for our heroes and they must try and they need to try and get off the island with as many dinosaurs as they can, including Blue, Owen’s pet Raptor. All hell breaks loose and this to me was the most entertaining portion of the film which was, in my opinion, way better than the entirety of the first Jurassic World.
The special effects are also better this time around and while there’s a lot of CGI and while it is noticeable, its not as forced down your throat as the previous film. The characters are also much more likeable this time around and they actually have chemistry with one another. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are the new leads in this film, but we’re given a nice welcome cameo from Ian Malcolm played by Jeff Goldblum who doesn’t do much in this film but it’s still nice to see him. Hopefully we get Alan Grant back in the sixth film? Maybe? Hopefully.
There are some entertaining dino-action like in all of the series and the second half of this film is reminiscent to the second half of The Lost World which is the second best of the series in my opinion, with this being the third. The direction is actually pretty great and the movie looks nice. The action is well filmed; it’s suspenseful and just plain dumb fun. This film will not win best picture at the Oscars. It won’t be a classic like the first one but I really do think if you don’t have sky-high expectations than this movie will simply be an entertaining popcorn film were you shut your brain off. It’s perfectly harmless entertainment and I’m actually curious to see where they take the series next.
Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fun, mindless action movie with likeable action stars and entertaining action sequences, but only if you shut your brain off at the theater door.