Chris Pratt, Pratt, Pratt is back, back, back along with some large beasts as another instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise comes to town.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom picks up where Jurassic World left off last time out. Claire Dearing, Bryce Dallas Howard (Gold, Terminator Salvation), is attempting to garner support to save the dinosaurs from extinction as Isla Nublar has begun erupting.
She is, sadly, unsuccessful in her lobbying of congressmen but, worry ye not, for noble British man (obviously he’ll turn out to be a bad guy, cos he’s British) Eli Mills, Rafe Spall (The BFG, The Big Short), rides in to save the day.
Mills pays money for Claire and the estranged Owen, Christ Pratt (Guardian’s Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Passengers), to head back to the island to rescue some of the dino’s so they can live happily ever after on a new island he owns.
Obviously, that doesn’t happen, I mean, I just told you he’d turn out to be a bad guy, pay attention. Mills double crosses them and, rather than saving the dino’s, he wants to sell them for evil, bad guy reasons which I won’t spoil.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sees Jeff Goldblum (Isle Of Dogs, Thor: Ragnarok) return alongside Ted Levine (Bleed For This, Shutter Island) as the shouty military man, Toby Jones (Atomic Blonde, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as an unscrupulous auctioneer, James Cromwell (Big Hero 6, Babe) as ‘old man in wheelchair’ and BD Wong (Jurassic Park, Jurassic World) as that evil doctor who was in it before. There’s also Isabella Sermon as ‘young kid who screams and sticks her nose in’.
There are some things we’ve come to expect from a Jurassic Park/World movie these days: there’ll be a shot in a vehicle wing mirror, there’ll be some bad guys, usually military, who’ll be against everyone, there’ll be a good guy who turns out to be a bad guy, there’ll be some stompy foot steps from a big dinosaur that usually involves water shaking, a dino that taps its nail and there’s always, always, someone wanting some dino DNA to start all over again, no-one ever learns!
In all those regards Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t disappoint, and yet, the very fact all of those things are in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, does.
There’s nothing here we haven’t seen before. Writers Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Making Revolution) and Derek Connolly (Kong: Skull Island, Safety Not Guaranteed) have just re-hashed a lot of the previous Jurassic Park/World stories whilst borrowing heavily from the likes of King Kong to boot.
Yes, that’s right, I said King Kong. We have a scene with dino’s being loaded onto boats at a pier, reminiscent of Kong, and a dinosaur even climbs onto the top of a tall building, though it stops short of beating its chest…just taps its claw instead (it doesn’t).
Speaking of the pier scene, keep your eye out for, well you can’t miss it, the “incredible, impossible truck jump”. It’s like something out of Knightrider. A heavy, military truck that jumps up in the air, off the end of a flat pier…that’s just lazy everything.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gives us obligatory dino-stuff, obligatory Jurassic Park/World stuff, even an obligatory English bad guy, two in fact. What it doesn’t give us is anything new.
Having said all that, it’s fun isn’t it? Christ Pratt makes you laugh (not as much as you’d want in this) and Howard is very good in the role she’s given. If you liked Jurassic World, you’re in for a treat, anyone wanting the series to move on, freshen up, bring the excitement of the original back, will be sorely disappointed.