One of the best decision that was made for Jurassic World was indeed calling the movie Jurassic World.
The reason is straightforward: despite the movie is in the Jurassic Park universe, the tone and the approach to the subject is entirely different. That wasn’t only needed for narrative purposes (in the first movie, it was a secret, same as the second, the third was whatever), but also to guarantee freshness to the franchise.
Universal doubled down on such concept with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The movie still doesn’t present that many interesting characters. Both Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are still pretty much one dimensional. Granted, the two actors deliver very entertaining and convincing performances, t nevertheless they are not exactly compelling, just compelling enough for us to enjoy the movie.
Of course, the same type of argument can be made for the rest of the cast. From Claire’s helpers (played by Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith) to the various villainous individuals, who see Toby Jones pretty much playing the same role he played in Sherlock (just much more toned down), BD Wong reprising his role from the previous movies, and Rafe Spall playing an ambitious asshole.
Also, the billionaire and his family are pretty much one dimensional. Fortunately, the casting (James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and newcomer but talented Isabella Sermon) once again hides the writing.
Unfortunately, Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm is in here just for a didascalic purpose.
With all that out of the way, I can finally talk about the right things.
The story is undeniably entertaining, especially given the stakes. As you’ve seen the trailer, Isla Nublar is about to explode, hence once again the dinosaurs are at risk.
Right away, in fact, we are brought into a debate as to what to do: let them live or let them go extinct once again?
Of course, amidst such talks, Owen and Claire act, alongside some help, to try to save such animals.
While there are some moments the story seems to run too fast and leave some developing behind, it never really bothered me. On the contrary, despite the characters involved are indeed undeveloped, there’s one twist that I’d define effective enough to cause a hard mindset to the spectator.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is also better directed than its predecessor.
Whereas Jurassic World still tried to slip-in some Spielbergian atmospheres, this time around J.A. Bayona seeks to achieve the same results in his way. He achieves that no problem, with some impressive highlights in the opening and ending sequences, and both of which are the highlight of the whole movie. Also, the ending leaves something exciting for the sequel.
Another peculiarity I liked about the film is the complete absence of the pure John Williams’ classic theme and the rarity of re-arrangements throughout the running time. I really enjoyed this detail as the content of the film is opposing the concept of Jurassic Park, both physically and thematically.
In a few words, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t the brightest blockbuster we’ve seen in the last few years. Granted, it’s not the stupidest either, but some moments might cause the infamous eye roll to some. However, the film does indeed deliver what it set himself to, in a better way than Jurassic World did.
And, in the end, it’s always a movie about dinosaurs.
PS: there is one post-credit scene, but don’t waste your time, as it is entirely useless.