Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. As if the story in these films actually matters.

Do you like exposition? Do you like thirty minutes of establishing  shots? Do you like waiting until the second act to see the only awesome  actions scenes? Then this is the movie for you. As fun as the Jurassic  series has been, there comes a point where they just don’t seem to know  what they were doing. You might think I’m talking about Jurassic Park III, but no, I fully mean Fallen Kingdom.

The awesome

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While Fallen Kingdom has many faults, it’s also much better  than its predecessor when it comes to certain things, like the action.  The film also does a decently good job of diversifying its extinct  animals and has one of the most heart wrenching scenes known to cinema.  RIP Longneck Dino.

Another thing the film did an excellent job on was dividing the  audience on the ethical question on whether or not the dinosaurs should  be left to die. Most people probably had their minds made up going into  the theater, but it was nice to see both sides of the argument shown.



The why bother?

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There were so many moments during this film where you just sit there  and think “this is great and all, but why? Why do any of this?” The  action is fun, but character development is cool too. I hardly felt  close to these characters at all. Even Owen, who had the most character  development, was hard to connect to. It was nice to see some backstory  of Blue, but again I don’t feel attached. I fully expected Blue to die  along with the Indoraptor and it didn’t even matter to me.

Fallen Kingdom didn’t really have a strong antagonist. It had many antagonists  but none of them were well developed, besides Dr. Wu. There’s several  people and animals that are antagonists, and even the volcano itself,  but none of which felt like a real threat. We all knew none of the main characters were going to die, so why bother acting like they were in real danger?

Another failing point are the new characters. We have Ms. Badass  (Daniella Pineda), Mr. Geek (Justice Smith). Cloney McCloneface  (Isabella Sermon), and the list goes on. Did any of them stand out to  you besides Cloney? No?

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Perhaps one of the largest bombshells in Fallen Kingdom is  that Lockwood created an actual living clone of his daughter. That’s  insane, but then there’s no mention of it again. Why bother bringing  something like that to the table just to gloss over it. Is that the  direction the Jurassic series is headed? I certainly hope not.

One of my personal complaints is that the movie decided to release  the Mosasaurus first and did nothing with it until the end of the film.  That’s perhaps one of the more interesting animals but they underutilize  it. Speaking of underutilizing characters, one of the biggest gripes  for the film is the fact that it severely underutilized Jeff Goldblum.  He’s in a court hearing and that’s it. His character doesn’t help out in  any way other than arguing that the dino’s should die. It’s nice that’s  he’s back, but at that point, why both including him?

In the end

At the end of the day, this is a filler film. They clearly want to  set up some HUGE things in the next film like dinosaurs living among  people and human cloning, but it took an entire movie to set that up.  Because of that, Fallen Kingdom fell short of what it could have been.





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