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. Remmy2013 on July 3, 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. Being in the second one tells us that the movie will be even worse. The plot as you mentioned, her working as a big wig for Peta (if they actually help animals at all) just does not make any sense.

    As far as Chris Pratt, he barely got by in the first movie, he was two dimensional and this one doesn’t look any different. The only one that made the first movie realistic was Ty Simkins, and he is not in this one at all.

    I have not seen the movie yet, but when I do I will update this, chances are nothing will change. Then again I did a turn around on the Jungle Book (2017). We will see.

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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.

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