Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

It seems like that the Jurassic Park tale has gone on longer than dinosaurs inhabited this planet. Obviously that is an exaggeration, but the popular series has undergone changes in direction, story and cast, but still it surges forward. As big film series of this sort move forward usually the storylines get weaker and weaker. Even the biggest fans begin to turn away. With that in mind, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom should be a pleasant surprise.

As we last left the story, the Jurassic Park theme park had been closed four years previous. Now there is something happening that brings attention back to it. On Isla Nubar a volcano has become active again. Not only active, but on the verge of erupting. This brings Owen (Christ Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help, Gold) back to the island with the goal of trying to save the dinosaurs living there from extinction.

While attempting to do so Owen is also trying to find Blue, his lead raptor. During the course of this he uncovers a conspiracy which will make accomplishing what they came here for even more difficult.

The story here is rather uneven with moments where it is strong while others it is nonsense filled.  For the most part the good outweighs the bad. More interesting is the rather brave directions it goes in occasionally. When they are doing well it is because they don’t try to be too ambitious. Keeping things simple and straightforward. The story for the most part is easy to understand. Then they sneak in some moral issues which are wrapped up in the whole genetic manipulation question. On top of that is the idea that humans are responsible to take care of the other species on the planet. A couple of things for you to chew on for a while. The world we live in is complex and asks plenty of humans.

Director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, The Orphanage) does a good job here. He focuses on both the big and small sides of the story. Giving each its time to shine and air to breathe. Some of the technical and visual aspect are really well done. Money that Bayona got is well used, indeed.

The second half of the film is not as strong as the promise it showed in the first half. Which is unfortunate. But it never truly devolves into a stinking pile of dino crap. It remains a summer blockbuster which shows some intelligence and desire to expand the breadth of the story.

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