Three years after the events of the previous film, the island of Isla Nublar where the Jurassic World theme park once existed, is threatened by its active volcano which can wipe out all its denizens. While the US government decides to not care about the dinosaurs in the park, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is ready to put her all in to save them with the aid of Owen (Chris Pratt), Zia (Daniella Pineda) and Franklin (Justice Smith).
Positive Points: –
- Fallen Kingdom is discernibly a solid improvement over its predecessor as it gets deeper and darker with fewer nuisances while ensuring that the series runs its course.
- J. A. Bayona’s coruscating direction which only boosts the impact of different montages on the audience.
- The performances of the cast specifically Chris Pratt who also has shown improvement with respect to his previous work in the franchise.
- An all-round excellence on the technical terms which makes it a visual spectacle.
Negative Points: –
- The glaring similarities that it shares with its predecessor.
- The film adds nothing new to the franchise by any means. Whatever you find in it, have already been portrayed previously in some way or the other.
- Fallen Kingdom raises many ethical and philosophical issues but fails to imbibe them into the soul of the storyline.
Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –
I appreciate the movie’s use of quirky humour combined with some occasional use of witty slapstick gags, both being assimilated with the seriousness of the plot with acute astuteness. These funny references efficaciously help in relieving you from the film’s menacing atmosphere while also rendering the visuals more likeable. The screenplay is fine but does nothing remarkable in comparison to the other instalments of the franchise. However, Bayona’s direction has been so appealing, sharp and concise that the film rises above its writing flaws. He doesn’t beat around the bush with unnecessary gigs in this film and makes it appealing even in its half-hearted philosophical connotations and under-developed ethical overtones. The visual effects are first-rate and its splendour is only vivified by Óscar Faura’s brilliant cinematography and Bernat Vilaplana’s taut and sleek editing. The sound effects have also been spot on in intensifying the malevolent and eerie circumstances of the movie with Michael Giacchino’s score adding to the thrill.
Chris Pratt leads the film with his charismatic presence, a sheer sense of responsibility (as a lead) and a vibrant display of maturity. I liked him in this role previously too but there was still a lot to ask for from his side, and in this flick, he doesn’t let you down with the expectations levied upon him.
Isabella Sermon is effectively the second lead here. She’s impressive with her nuanced act though at times her screams were irritating. However, I won’t blame or punish her for that. I’ll rather deduct the points for the same from the director’s score.
Bryce Dallas Howard is good and expressive in spite of acting more like a supporting entity to Pratt and Sermon.
Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda are fine but passable owing to the lack of proper focus on their characters.
Rafe Spall and Toby Jones justify their roles as the antagonists but their influence in the storyline is only reduced to a mockery by the caricaturisation of their characters towards the end.
However, on the other hand, Jeff Goldblum, James Cromwell and B. D. Wong give more impactful performances in their brief stints.
Final Verdict: –
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is not just an amelioration over its predecessor despite their overt similarities but also a welcome deviation from the popcorn-flick kind of approach taken by most other films in the franchise. It’s insightful, splendid, and matured in its making which not only makes this entertaining but soulful to a certain extent as well. It deserves your viewing and respect.