Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Movie Review - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I think it would be fair to say I'm a bit biased when it comes to these movies, having been a fan of Jurassic Park since I was a kid. Who else will never forget the dreaded sound of that satellite phone ringtone? *shudder*. But with that in mind, here's what I thought.

In case you're not that familiar with the Jurassic Park/World movies (in which case I'm sad for you), here's a bit of context as to how this movie fits in. The original movies are the Jurassic *Park* movies. There are three of them, and while the production quality is a bit dated, they are still absolutely amazing. Jurassic World is the first movie in the reboot. It makes reference to the first movies, so it isn't a remake as such, but it does have strong parallels to the original movie. It is based on a new park opening, created so say having learned from the mistakes made in the past.

In this movie, we are taken back to Isla Nebula, this time on a rescue mission. Volcanic activity is stirring, and if no one steps in, the dinosaurs are (burnt) toast.  I don't want to go into any more detail than that because I don't want any spoilers in here. But let's just say, it had its fair share of breath holding moments, and a few little unexpected surprises. That's not to say you won't be able to generally predict what happens though.

I liked that the story made sense leading on from the last Jurassic World movie, as in it seems like it's a feasible problem in this situation. Not just something completely out of the blue. I also liked how it definitely leaves the door open for another movie or five, and I will be thoroughly disappointed if they don't make more.

You don't need to have seen the first Jurassic World movie for this to make sense, but it is a seriously great movie (the better of the two, but to be fair it was hard to compete with. I thought the first movie was outstanding. Can you tell I'm a fan yet?), and well worth watching.

I rate this 4/5 stars - overall a great movie, but I've taken a star off because it is a bit predictable, and I would've liked a more interesting plot twist.

*Images are the property of Universal Pictures. 

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