The second film of the Jurassic World series opened in the United States on June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as their characters from Jurassic World. Jeff Goldbloom makes a brief appearance at the beginning and end of the movie as his character has been called to testify before a Senate committee.

Now, as far as the story line goes, it pretty much follows the rules of exploiting animals for profit, but the animals in this case are dinosaurs. If you can ignore this cliche, then the acting was passable. The fact that Ms. Howard’s character changes from a business woman to a director of a prehistoric PETA within a three year time period is a bit unbelievable. The prelude to the movie takes place under sea and fails to really connect to the rest of the action. Some actors who put in a good performance were 1) James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood who is financing the dinosaurs move to a safer island, 2)Rafe Spall as Eli Mills the unscrupulous attorney, and 3) Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood is Benjamin’s granddaughter.

As far as how the film affected me, I must say that it was a decent effort. If actors were playing the dinosaurs then I would give a couple of them awards. Blue, the raptor that Owen (Chris Pratt) tamed was sympathetic and the knob-headed dinosaur (I don’t know its scientific name) was good as a comedic device. If they were all just CGI, then ignore what I just said :-).

As of this moment, I am a bit ambivalent about whether I would buy this when it becomes available on DVD. The fact that there was no intention to move the dinosaurs to their own island, free of tourists gave a bit of a choppy feel to the story line. On the other hand, there was one scene where I did jump out of my seat even though I should have expected it. I give it 3.75 stars out of 5.

 

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5 Thoughts on “StevenF Review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  1. pauly10 on July 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm said:

    I agree with Remmy about Ty making the last movie, but I thought Chris Pratt played an ok part so can live with him returning. I was however hoping that BD Howard was eaten at the end of the last movie… 😉

    • pauly10 on July 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm said:

      OK I watched this movie at the weekend and even though I enjoyed it, it wasn’t as good as the first (JW) movie. I do agree with Steve on his review and score with the humour winning a few extra points. I think the theatres also agree as they were only showing it once per day which is unusual for a movie released one month previously.
      Also, the description of knob-headed dinosaur means something a lot different in the UK than what you are actually describing 😉

  2. Mel Leach on July 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm said:

    I will probably watch this one since I’ve seen all of the others, but I didn’t really care for Bryce Dallas Howard’s character in the first Jurassic World. Jurassic World was fairly good regardless of BDH’s performance.

  3. Remmy2013 on October 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm said:

    Seeing Bryce Dallas Howard in the first one was a letdown, the woman is not someone for the big screen. It is a shame they used her in this movie, some people do not learn from their mistakes. This movie was action-packed from the beginning. There were a lot of mean quips at the first, and rightly so, Howard should not have been there, unbelievable, suddenly she is a dinosaur rights leader. Give me a break.

    If you can get over her mundane performance, the rest of the movie was over the top.

    The problem is as stated, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. After we as humans create these creatures, they now have souls, and need to be saved, or do they? They have feelings as well. I for one think they shouldn’t have been recreated, but then again I would like to see other species brought back. Am I wrong? No, I am not. It is one thing to bring back small herbivores, a totally different thing in bringing back predators.

    As so many movies point out today, if a cure for cancer and other maladies is found, it will only be for the rich. Not the mom and pop on the streets or their children. Either way, they will be mistreated in one way or another.

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