Hey guys! So, just a warning – if you haven’t been to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom yet and you don’t want anything to be spoiled then please click off and find another post that’s more suited for you! I don’t want to be the one to spoil anything about this action-packed movie for you guys.
Let’s get down to it!
So, the story follows from a year or two – I don’t think they state for certain – after the events of Jurassic World. I know that there being so many films within this franchise has sparked some controversy and some eyerolls. Just how can they keep making the same mistakes about bringing dinosaurs to places where they shouldn’t be? Haven’t they seen the last five films? Well, we’ll get onto that. The film begins on the Isla Nublar with a submarine going after the Indo-Rex’s skeleton from the last film. Of course, all of the dinos from the previous film are still on the island so with humans and dinosaurs around, you can bet that someone’s going to get eaten. And they do! You get all the thrill of a chase when the engineer notices the dinosaur and then the relief when he’s saved and then the morbid comedy that came when the Mososaur (definitely spelt wrong) eats him. Poor guy. I did get the giggles, though.
Now, I’m going to be honest with you guys. I am extremely biased when it comes to this franchise because I love it so much. I am a die hard Jurassic Park fan and always will be! I don’t care if they eventually decide to swing it that dinosaurs rule the earth and put humans in the cages – a plot suggested by my mum – I will still go and see it. But I will try to keep my opinions as open as possible. But something that I really commend these films – especially Jurassic World – on is that they have a real flair in making something so extraordinary feel natural. The entire theme of the film is about human greed when you look beneath the dinosaurs and I think that is what makes it so terrifying. The power of human greed and what man will do for power and money is really explored in this franchise and to some degree, this could happen in real life. People see money making opportunities and snap them up.
My favourite character is definitely Claire. While she has moments of making bad decisions and being a bit damsel in distress-y, she also has moments of being a total badass! I think she’s the perfect mixture of being scared and being in control. The fact that she went after the Indo-Raptor even after she had an injury was amazing. She knew they were inevitably still going to die but went after it anyway. I also love the increased empathy she shows in this one in comparison to the previous film – she acknowledges that these are living creatures and that because humanity created them, they do have some responsibility towards them.
The acting in these films overall is amazing. You can really feel the terror and fear coming through even if they do lighten up some scenes with a joke or a well-timed dino-attack. I especially love the fact that Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, is terrified of them. There are some moments where he can laugh and joke around them but I think Chris pays off so well by making himself look terrified – that’s when you know that they’re in trouble. He’s been around these animals a lot and even he’s scared. I also really appreciate Jeff Goldblum making a reappearance in the franchise – I really hope that he’s a bigger part in the next film.
Now, this is the part where I would normally talk about the villains. Honestly, there are a few villains that are obvious – Lockwood’s assistant, Eli Mills, and the hunter, Wheatley. But I think there are so many other people that you can list as ‘villains’ without even starting to think about the Indo-Raptor. The fact that this whole thing has even happened is the fault of so many scientists who you can see thought that they were doing a good thing in the original Jurassic Park. If you had the power to de-extinct a species then you would do it. But then they started to get greedy and wanted ‘more teeth’ and they got it with the Indominus Rex and now with the Indo-Raptor. I found that the Indo-Raptor was a bit too scary in some ways, especially when it was smirking. It took away the terror – it didn’t need to smirk or have mischievous ways.
Finally, let’s talk about that ending. My friends who had seen it before me pre-warned me that it was going to annoy me. And yes, it did. I don’t want to really get into the whole clone plot because I want to see how it develops. But Maisie’s lame excuse as to why she set free actual living dinosaurs into the world is so rubbish. They’re alive, like me. Yeah, you know who else is alive?! Billions of people who are now going to die because of your stupid decision. I get that sometimes characters make stupid decisions but I feel like someone would have stopped her. They could have done it that they were fighting with the dinosaur and landed on the button. There’s so many ways they could have done it without the stupid excuse. Grr!
Overall, I really did enjoy this film. I thought it was filmmaking at its best in terms of making you feel something – I had nail marks in my foundation from how tense I was! The acting was superb and I’m so glad that they’ve set it up for something completely different so people can’t moan about them keep opening up parks. I cannot wait for the next instalment!
What did you guys think? Do you want me to review more films? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll be back with a makeup post next time!
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