Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12A)

We’re off to the glorious Isla Nublar once again but this time it’s under threat from a devastating volcano.

With the debate open as to whether these genetically modified dinosaurs deserve to be saved, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) takes matters into her own hands with the help of Eli Mills (Rafe Spall). They may not be able to save all the dinosaurs but there’s one in particular that is the most valuable and hardest to track – Blue.

In trots Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) minus the motorcycle ready to lead a daring rescue mission before the island erupts. It’s not long, however, before true agendas are revealed and man’s greed takes over once again.

Treading a similar line to what Jurassic Park: The Lost World tried to do in 1997, Jurassic World’s sequel Fallen Kingdom attempts to take you reminiscently back to the world you love before attempting to carve out a new path. Both tonally and visually, Fallen Kingdom is a lot darker than Jurassic World. Gone are the sweeping beautiful landscapes with roaming dinosaurs and in are rooms and corridors. As a result, the film’s vibe feels more thriller and horror, as opposed to a glorious adventure.

In the debates that open the film, little time is wasted in tackling the idea that spawned Jurassic Park in the first place – man playing god. It’s always been an interesting concept that’s once again explored here in Fallen Kingdom. Call it a trope if you will, but greed only ends with you in the jaws of a T-Rex.

If you’re after the same scares and screams that made Jurassic Park/World so successful, then you won’t be disappointed. In an age where everyone is always trying to one-up themselves, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is no different. The dinosaurs are bigger, scarier and seemingly cleverer than ever. Think the famous kitchen scene but dialled up a notch.

The successful pairing that anchored Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, are back for more and they don’t disappoint. Chris Pratt is up to his usual comic charm, even if you’ll have already seen half of his jokes in the trailers. Their supporting cast, however, doesn’t really match the standard of previous. If anything, they’re there for the quick jokes rather than anything actually meaningful.

Much was also made of Jeff Goldblum’s reappearance as the leather jacket wearing, chaos theory loving Dr Ian Malcolm. It’s a welcome return, but it might be wise to lower expectations. It’s more of a cameo than anything of a starring role.

Like all of the Jurassic Park/World instalments before it, Fallen Kingdom is still an enjoyable cinematic experience. The effects dazzle off the screen and the roaring dinosaurs still send shivers down your spine.

If you’re like me and you adore Jurassic Park (of which I’m going to watch with a live orchestra in September) then you may feel slightly downhearted. Fallen Kingdom is still good fun but it’s just not quite the Jurassic Park I fell in love with all those years ago.

By Jordan Barrett

★★★☆☆

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