BEIRUT: The Jurassic Park Saga, if one can even call it that, has been around for 25 years, and it doesn’t seem to be on its way to extinction any time soon.
When news broke out back in 2014 that a sequel trilogy, yes even JURASSIC PARK now has an OT (original trilogy) and an ST (sequel trilogy), was in the works, most fans of the OT were hesitant and some downright objected it.
The final film in the OT was met with lots of negativity, and is in fact the weakest out of the three JURASSIC PARK films.
Yet, upon the release of JURASSIC WORLD’s trailer, perspectives began to change, and the first film was a box office success.
Now, we witness the second act in this new arc, as a kingdom falls and a new one arises.
One of the main things that JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM does right is the choice of director: J.A. Boyena.
Not only was Boyena the studio’s first choice to helm the first film, but his previous works also deal with character driven arcs, as well as contain some horror and thriller elements.
This becomes a great advantage for the tone of a film that contains de-extinct dinos loose among humans.
The second entry in the ST is entertaining, thrilling and takes the dinosaur saga to places it has not gone to before.
It picks up two years after the disaster that befell the newly updated park, as the world begins to question the mistakes of the past and how it will affect the future of mankind as we know it.
Now humanity is split into two: those defending “dino rights,” and those opposing it; as news begins to spread that the volcano on Isla Sorna, the island upon which the dinosaurs live, is active and time is running out for life on the island.
With the inclusion of characters from the Jurassic Park cannon, the narrative doesn’t waste any time and erupts full force, as the consequences of the decisions made in the past come back to haunt both the new characters, as well as those from the OT.
The set up for this film is smart in that it pushes the narrative and the characters forward; it also opens up many possibilities for the narrative to continue with plot twists at every turn.
Boyena’s control of fear and suspense really shine here as the experience in this film is way more emotionally driven than its predecessor.
His collaboration with cinematographer Oscar Faura gives the audience some very memorable and disturbing shots that scream horror film.
This is both due to Boyena’s vision but also due to the singular vision of the studio as well as Colin Trevorrow.
The chemistry between Chris Pratt, who plays Owen, and Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays Claire, is much stronger here as both actors seem more in touch with their characters.
The new cast members, aside from the young Isabella Sermon, who plays the enigmatic Maisie Lockwood, are colorful yet slightly forgettable and this is the film’s only overall weakness.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM’s action set pieces are rather titanic, but Boyena is able to direct it in a way that is comprehensible and accessible.
Thematically speaking, this film does tackle new philosophical, yet at times politically heavy handed, issues.
Those don’t ruin the overall affect the film has on the audience except for those that see the issues trying to be raised: war profiteering, capitalism, and the ridiculous savior complex of human beings.
Michael Giacchino, or Williams’ second coming, returns to compose the score for the sequel and also evolves the saga’s soundscape.
In a heartbreakingly beautiful climactic moment in the film, as Isla Sorna burns up, a sole brachiosaurus stands on its hind legs, a throw-back to the first moment the audience is given a chance to lay eyes on a dinosaur in JURASSIC PARK, Giacchino’s score swells up and one can’t help but feel emotional.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM succeeds where another current trilogy failed.
Instead of retconning the past, they simply let it perish in an organic way and allowed the audience to evolve along with the tale being told; instead of frolicking in its narrative arc, it follows a clear path and vision laid out over three films.
Overall, the film is a great thrill ride and a perfect entertaining summer blockbuster.
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