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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie review

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie review

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Having a family and a new job with responsibilities doesn’t grant me a lot of free time to go to the theaters anymore. However, this was one of the few movies this year that I was so excited about that I went on opening day. Unfortunately though, for the most part it was a letdown and didn’t meet up to my expectations following the first (or fourth, whatever). The first Jurassic World movie is, in my personal opinion, phenomenal. It delivers on everything I wanted from a new Jurassic sequel, showing me a large and active park for the first time ever while remaining a visual spectacle. I expected the second one to be even larger and more grand, but was unfortunately let down shortly in to the movie… The movie starts out with Owen and Claire having to return to the island to save the dinosaurs from the volcano erupting. Much like in The Lost World, another company is also there to do the same thing (with a small twist), but with evil intentions. For the most part this portion of the movie is rather interesting, despite relying heavily on two completely disposable and annoying side characters. It doesn’t last long though as very early on in the movie they leave the island. Now, when I go into a sequel I expect it to be taken up a notch and be even larger in scale, this one went in the opposite direction in a very dramatic way. Not only did in downgrade from the whole island to a HOUSE, but the new “evil” dinosaur is smaller and less frightening. The rest of the movie after that point just seems to drag on. Sure, I will admit it was still beautiful to look at but almost every shot was picked up from a previous Jurassic movie into this one so much so that it was less a homage and more just laziness. To top it all off the ending plays at a cheap moral decision that we don’t really care about because this movie never takes the time to make us care about ANY of the people. Despite all of that I still remain hopeful for the third and final installment. This movie was clearly a filler movie and we were even told it is purely a filler movie to set up for the third. So, hopefully in the last we will actually get the larger scale we hoped for.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer review

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This trailer is undeniably awesome. Of course it is, there is no way they would have given us anything less than spectacular for the second Jurassic World movie (and fifth Jurassic Park). Unfortunately though, in order to make it awesome a lot was revealed that I wish wasn’t and I bet you anything that the scene where they run away from the volcano is one of the last scenes in the movie, put into this two minute trailer. Jeff Goldblum being in this and saying his famous line, “life finds a way”, is jaw dropping for sheer reminiscence alone. Would it have been better to hold off on Goldblum until the movie and REALLY blow us away? Absolutely. Either way, this trailer was fantastic, but sometimes that comes at a great expense of the movie-going experience.

PS. Kinda bummed that Owen and Claire already broke up, but I’ll bet you any money they get back together by the end of the film.