Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom – A Please-All Sequel That Entertains But Proves To Be Forgettable
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Directed by J.A Bayona, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a sequel to the 2015 reboot of the Jurassic World franchise. Back in 1993, when Steven Spielberg brought to life the first ever Jurassic Park, the audiences were left thrilled and amazed. With access to limited computer generated graphics, Spielberg sprinkled the magic of cinema by imagining and helming such an enormous vision that people would love to witness. After the underwhelming 2015 reboot that proved to be mindless entertainment, this sequel too joins the list of mega-budget franchises that often forget to bring alive the magic of cinema as they are too caught up in staging gigantic dinosaur face-offs. While, this sequel does go to adequate lengths to be different, in the end, it merely gives us more of the same in a different geography.
Three years after the destruction of the Island of Isla Nublar, an active volcano threatens to wipe out the existence of the genetically revived dinosaurs. While the American government officers wait for the nature to take its course, Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), who was one of the partners behind the unethical revival of these species, summons Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) to rescue the creatures and transport them to a remote island that is free from human interference. The revelations they have to face on this mission and the life-threatening encounters they meet with in the process forms the crux of the film.
In trying to make Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a film that’s so much more than just mindless entertainment, Director Bayona tries to interweave too many subplots in the screenplay and ends up being unable to see any of these plots to fulfillment. To put it simply, he tries to do too much but ends up failing to leave behind concrete moments.
As the story progresses, you realize that one of Bayona’s biggest mistakes was in trying to please audiences from all walks of life. In the very beginning, the film showcases a series of dinosaur fights as the central characters go on to face near-death experiences every five minutes. To top it all off, it follows this up with an emotional sub-plot that navigates to another subplot that tries too hard to be meaningful. Maybe if the director chose to stick on to one of these elements, the impact would’ve been much more intense and a little less chaotic.
After all these mishaps, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom succumbs to the most common clichés in the history of American cinema. From American War films to the super-blown franchises, they all have one thing in common; a foreign villain. Following this foolish tradition, this film too blames all its mistakes on two foreign baddies, one from China and the other from Russia. Why must America always play the role of the false savior?
Director Bayona tries to add one more genre to the mix. He tries to create a sense of horror by introducing the hybrid-dino Indoraptor. As terrifying as they may seem, these Indoraptors provide enough chills just as long as you see them charge forth. But from the moment they try to be sly, the film fails to convince you of their abilities.
Nevertheless, the film does have a few memorable scenes. The scene involving a trapped Brontosaurus and the chase inside the mansion are both creatively constructed and executed. The production design inside the gothic mansion is especially remarkable.
As Owen, Chris Pratt delivers a charismatic performance. He continues to flex his biceps, does some hand-holding and finally saves the day. Though his character arc is predictable, he does what he intends to do with no fuss. Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire on the other hand has very little improvement. Though they’ve made a switch from heels to combat boots, there is almost no change in her character arc. After portraying a shrieking and scheming damsel in distress in the reboot, she is given just one saving act in this sequel. This act too is quite forgettable.
From massive action scenes to sequences inside Lockwood’s eerie mansion, cinematographer Oscar Faura has done a great job. The scene in which you see Claire and Franklin ride in the Gyrosphere is fantastically filmed. The volcanic special effects and the team responsible for the realistic animatronics too deserve a huge round of applause for doing justice to such a grand vision.
On the whole, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tries to stay away from the genres of its previous installments. But in trying to do so, it never sees the plot to fulfillment. If you are in the mood for some mindless dinosaur entertainment, this one is your best bet. Hopefully, the next one in this franchise lives up to Spielberg’s original.