Colby's Critiques

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' takes tiny bite out of franchise

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 6/29/18

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is a good movie, but a poor addition to the franchise.

I know. Some people are going to hate on me for saying this, but I simply didn’t like this …

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Colby's Critiques

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' takes tiny bite out of franchise

The Indoraptor, a new hybrid dinosaur created by InGen, the genetics company responsible for dinosaur revival, reaches for young Maisie Lockwood, played by Isabella Sermon. Created using DNA from the Indominus Rex hybrid and a velociraptor, the Indoraptor wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting characters in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."
The Indoraptor, a new hybrid dinosaur created by InGen, the genetics company responsible for dinosaur revival, reaches for young Maisie Lockwood, played by Isabella Sermon. Created using DNA from the Indominus Rex hybrid and a velociraptor, the Indoraptor wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting characters in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."
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“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is a good movie, but a poor addition to the franchise.

I know. Some people are going to hate on me for saying this, but I simply didn’t like this movie. I’ll admit that I went into the theater thinking that the sequel to the epic, intense “Jurassic World” would be astounding. Unfortunately, I left the theater disappointed. It had quite the makings of a good tale, but several larger detractions took away from the overall film, and thus, brought it down significantly.

“Fallen Kingdom” picks up a few years after the events of the first film. Unfortunately for the workers of the theme park Jurassic World, everyone has now gone their own way. Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays the central character of Claire Dearing, formerly the park operations manager, is now an advocate for dinosaur rights. The lovable Chris Pratt, who plays former raptor trainer Owen Grady, returns albeit reluctantly to aid Dearing in a rescue operation for the dinosaurs. If you didn’t watch the trailer, the original island, Isla Nublar, contains a volcano, which has just recently become active.

Immediately, this drags up a very controversial issue. Should humans save these creatures that THEY created, or should they simply let God issue His correction and wipe them out? It is revealed that John Hammond, the creator of Jurassic Park from the first film, had a business partner named Benjamin Lockwood who helped create the cloning technology used to revive dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the two had a falling out, which is why we haven’t met Lockwood until this point. It is Lockwood who offers Dearing and Grady the chance to go to Isla Nublar and rescue the dinosaurs before nature enacts its brutal justice upon them. Sadly, the benevolent Lockwood is blind to the machinations of his employees, who seek to sell these creatures to private collectors and terrorist organizations.

The filming of this movie was astounding. Truly. I give it credit for this. All of the “Jurassic” films give you that sense of suspense and tension. The angles are great and they really show director J.A. Bayona’s talent for continuing this series. Obviously, having original director Steven Spielberg as executive producer helps too! Also, this film introduces the newest hybrid dinosaur in the Indoraptor. Following in the genetic steps of “Jurassic World’s” Indominus Rex, this creature is a terrifying amalgam of Indominus Rex and velociraptor. This thing was cool and it looked absolutely horrifying. For me, that’s where the positive aspects stop.

The setting of this film, while different than Isla Nublar or its neighboring Isla Sorna from the previous films, is basically a large mansion. We get to see Isla Nublar just for a short while at the beginning, but after that, it all takes place here. This lack of variety in scenery was a bit mind numbing. I suppose that it would have been much more terrifying for the film to take place in the claustrophobic passageways of a tropical island as usual. It just didn’t feel like a “Jurassic” film here.

Perhaps the largest and most impactful thing about this movie was the metaphors for us humans. This film raises countless points in asking the question "How far is too far?" Creating life is not something that humans should be doing. Obviously, this was thrown out the window when the first “Jurassic Park” occurred, as this marked the first time that we played God. It’s stated in the film that the eruptions on Isla Nublar could be God fixing our mistake. Sadly, despite being unnatural creations of man, the dinosaurs are living, breathing creatures who have as much right to live as other species. There are some seriously sad portions to this movie involving the dinosaurs. While these metaphors are good for us to see, it also brought the tone of the movie down to borderline depressing. I already know that science says genetic splicing can lead to some bad repercussions, and I feel personally that such technology should only be used to improve lives, and not satisfy our God complex.

One other small, negative thing I noticed in the movie was the insertion of American politics into the dialogue. Come on, guys. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, no one wants to be reminded of politics when watching a dinosaur movie. At one point in the film, the saying “nasty woman” – used famously against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by then-candidate Donald Trump – is said very loudly by a villain. Just hearing this was irritating, but they gave this line to a slimy, bad guy. There was also a headline in the film on a TV news broadcast stating that the “President doubts there ever were dinosaurs,” or something to that effect. This made me feel that not only is the film mentioning politics, it’s taking a partisan side too, which defeats the whole purpose of the escape that movies bring.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is a good movie, but it’s not one I’d ever watch again. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. I give it 2 out of 5 stars. 


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