Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Another Summer 2018 blockbuster, another disappointment, even with low expectations.
I didn’t hate Jurassic World, and I’ve liked Bayona’s other movies, so I had some hope for this.
The direction definitely feels like an improvement over the last movie, but the script is awful. I don’t know if I was more annoyed by how stupid the twists were, or how predictable they were.
A lot of the plot revolves around Pratt’s special connection with a Velociraptor called Blue. Admittedly I haven’t seen JW since it was in the cinema, but I have no recollection of this, and didn’t care about it at all, or get why everyone cared so much about Blue.
I didn’t dislike the new characters, but they’re all one-note, and it’s a note that doesn’t make much sense. Justice Smith plays the web guy for an advocacy group, who also happens to be a master hacker who is able to crack every system necessary for the plot. Daniella Pineda is a dinosaur vet who’s never seen a dinosaur. Neither of them get any character development.
The entire plotline with Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, and Toby Jones is incredibly predictable and stupid. It didn’t work for me at all.
The island/volcano scenes are pretty well done, but it’s a lot of “characters in mortal terror” scenes, and because there’s over an hour left in the movie, there never feels like any actual danger to anyone.
Other spoilery thoughts:
I’m not sure why the cold open was in the movie, other than to get some early dino kills?
The twist with the granddaughter was obvious from her first scene, and I was kind of offended they felt the need to spell it out twice.
At least there was less fanservice in this one, outside of the awful Ian Malcolm cameo.
I don’t care about Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt’s romance at all, and especially don’t care about them raising Clone Girl if that’s what happens.
Speaking of, did the girl’s nanny die off-screen and nobody mentioned it? Was there a death scene cut?
B.D. Wong survived again, and will presumably be back with an even more insane scheme in the next movie.