Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is Not As Magical As The First One

When Jurassic World came out in 2015, it recaptured the same amount of wonder that the first Jurassic Park did back in 1993 but for a newer generation.

Sadly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom falls short of the magical atmosphere of those two movies and opts for a more darker take to the dinosaur franchise.

Dark is actually taken literally because this movie is not as bright and colorful as the first Jurassic World movie.

The first half of the movie the dinosaurs are running away from huge ashes created from a volcano while the second half of the film takes place at night inside of a huge mansion.

The dull atmosphere doesn't make Fallen Kingdom a visual treat like its predecessors which is a bit of a shame.

The only cool thing about the visual effects this time around is the use of more animatronics. Seeing Chris Pratt and the other actors actually interacting with tangible objects makes scenes more realistic and believable.

I think the main problem this movie has is that the story is not exciting and fast paced like the first Jurassic World movie.

The film actually takes a long time to get running as the first few minutes of it is kind of boring. It doesn't pick up until Chris Pratt finally comes on screen to inject some much needed charm and excitement.

I will say Bryce Dallas Howard's character is less annoying and bossy as she was in the first movie as she is more likable. Outside of the main two characters though, everyone else in the movie is forgettable.

The main villain is very two dimensional and does not have any screen presence whatsoever. If I were to cast the film, I would have gotten someone more famous.

If you have seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park, you will see some similarities to structure of the story.

It's kind of like comparing A New Hope to The Force Awakens as both Fallen Kingdom and The Lost World feel the same if you are watching them back-to-back.

I also felt the film featured too many of the human characters as the dinosaurs didn't have much fun in Fallen Kingdom.

Most of the time they were trapped in cages and had little to do aside from Raptor Blue and the Indoraptor.

That's not to say that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fully terrible movie though.

There are a few heart pounding scenes here and there and the latter half of the film feels like a horror movie. Not to mention the special effects are great as none of the CGI looks fake either.

Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is an average movie that has some good elements yet some bad elements as well. It's still an enjoyable Summer blockbuster, but it falls short of the quality of both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.

Verdict: 3/5 stars

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