Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Set a few years after the calamity of how previous Jurassic World film ended, the team is back, but this time to save the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption on the island, and from another extinction.

the review

The film kicks off with the usual torrential rain (that we’ve seen in pretty much all the previous films) that sets the scene for something bad to happen. The unwavering confidence of the early characters, despite the weather, the dinosaurs and the island itself only adds to this set-up and, as expected, something bad does happen. (Don’t worry, I haven’t spoilt anything for you – you could pretty much have guessed it anyway!)

Unfortunately, this pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the film. It wavers slightly here and there; the visual effects and dinosaur animatronics are pretty amazing, the dialogue in places is clever and humourous, and the references back to the first Jurassic Park film are cool, but alas it never really picks up.  I will be completely honest with you in saying that on at least 3 or 4 occasions, I had to ask myself what exactly I was watching. This film is something that simply happens to you – you don’t actually feel involved at any stage – and for me, that’s a big part of why I go and watch films.

The one possible (small) saving grace for this film is Jeff Goldblum’s monologue during the movie. His delivery is always spot-on, and the point he makes about human’s “playing God” and “being unaware of our own self-indulgence” – as we career towards a world full of technological breakthroughs, we’re paying more attention to whether we can do something, and less on whether we should do it – is as important now than it’s ever been.

who should watch it?

If you’re interested in the whole “Jurassic Park/World” saga, then please, be my guest. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really waste my time.