The Unnecessary Sequel – ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

By Therese Gardner, Edited by Olivia Norwood

The Jurassic movies have been a longstanding marvel for many moviegoers of all ages since the first Jurassic Park movie premiered in 1993. Based on the 1990 novel of the same name written by Michael Crichton, the novel was made into a franchise after Universal Studios bought the rights to the novel.

As expected, the first movie adaptation was directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg. It was just as successful and popular as the novel which led to three sequels. Since the original adaptation, the franchise has expanded to be multifaceted.

Jurassic World was developed as the fourth sequel and was originally meant to be released in 2005, but was ultimately released in 2015. Three years later, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been released as the fifth installment to the Jurassic Park Series.

While Fallen Kingdom may have been a top hit for some moviegoers, personally, it did not live up to expectation. It was one of those movies where the best scenes within the movie are highlighted within the trailer resulting in a disappointing experience.

Directed by J.A Bayona, Fallen Kingdom was clearly not another masterpiece created by Spielberg. In many ways, it felt like Bayona was trying to replicate the likes of Spielberg rather than his own creative ideas. Considering there is still another film in the works, it seems that the Jurassic Park Series has had its time and should be appreciated for what it is without continuing the series further.

Fallen Kingdom follows Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they return to the Jurassic World theme park, on the island of Isla Nublar, to rescue the dinosaurs before the volcano erupts and causes catastrophic damage. In the midst of the rescue mission, Dearing and Grady are surprised to find new dinosaur cloned breeds engineered by Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell). Lockwood intends to auction off the dinosaurs, but his plan is interrupted and the remaining dinosaurs are freed with humans are expected to co-exist alongside the dinosaurs.

As a fan of the original Jurassic Park Trilogy and Jurassic World, I was disappointed with Fallen Kingdom. I expected more from this film. Ultimately, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was not the most award-worthy film, and I won’t be seeing it again until it has been released on DVD. The most memorable moment from this film was the reunion of some of the original cast members, otherwise, you may as well save a movie ticket.

My Rating: 63%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 2.8/4

Story: 2.3/4

Enjoyability: 2/4


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