Graphic Novel (Film) Review 353/365: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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The summer blockbuster is still upon us, and today, I had the pleasure of going to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with my moms.

Title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  

Author(s): Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow

Publisher: Universal (2018)

Age Rating: 13+

Can I not see a Jurassic Park film when it hits theaters?  The answer (right now) is no.  I have to go watch giant dinos chase and eat stuff; however, I will say, the ending of this film is giving me the whole Planet of the Apes vibe, and if it ends up going in that direction, I’m OK being out for the rest of them…whenever that happens.

This film is fun.  It’s terribly written, but it’s fun!  It feels like a bunch of awesome video game cut scenes pasted together without the boring game play of hopping from rock to rock to avoid flying lava chunks.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are now staples of the series, and from the looks of it, the studio has stapled the same look on their faces for the entire film/series.  I like both of them, seriously, just those faces tho.  The rest of the cast is filled in nicely with a bunch of stereotypes: hip-tatted-up don’t-you-look-at-me woman paleo-veterinarian; nerdy tech guy; hard-as-nails old military-for-hire dude; greedy white guys (and other greedy guys in suits)…it’s a summer blockbuster dream, complete with a mysterious little brown-haired girl!

And when I say the writing is terrible, believe me, it is.  When they bring in the yet another dangerous genetically modified dino to show some rich guys, there is no lock on the animal’s cage.  It’s (sorry I don’t know the gender pronoun) the most vicious dino ever…and the door is opened with a quick latch…no lock.  And watch Bryce Dallas Howard and the geek kid discover a large escape ladder in the room which they thought there was no way out.  Uh, the ladder didn’t just appear.

But all that aside, there are plenty of other amazingly dumb moments in the film, but they can be forgotten when we get whisked away with some beautiful cinematography or dinos eating stuff.

Overall entertaining.  I won’t be showing this one in my film class unless it’s to show the juxtaposition of glitz over substance.

Happy viewing!

Eric

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