Andrea's Unsolicited Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

As a child, I never played with dolls. I played with dinosaurs. I have always been fascinated by these strange beasts from so long ago. I tend to devour information about dinosaurs to this day, enjoying learning about new specimens and new hypotheses about these ancient creatures.jurassic

So when my dad handed me a book titled Jurassic Park (1990) by a guy named Michael Crichton, I gobbled that book right up.


One week after I read it, my dad came into the kitchen with the newspaper in his hand (this was the '90s, folks--the Internet was not our main form of the news). He said that a movie was going to be made from the book, and it would be by no other than Steven Spielberg.


So in the summer of 1993, when that brachiosaurus walked onto the screen, I cried. Honest to Cthulhu. I couldn't believe it. My childhood dream had come true: dinosaurs were real.

And since then, we've been blessed with three more films... Okay, more like cursed with The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), but that was just Universal being greedy.

But hey, more Ian Malcolm isn't really a bad thing.

Now we're at the 25-year mark from when the original film was released, and we've been treated to a new take on the world of dinosaurs and the continued lessons that InGen can't seem to learn: cloning dinosaurs is not just ethically and morally wrong, it's flat out dangerous.

And this guy? Turns out he's just a flat out DICK.

As a moviegoer, I enjoyed Jurassic Park III (2001) and Jurassic World (2015). Jurassic Park III made up for the major mistakes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic World felt a lot like coming home again (though it needed more animatronics).

With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we are given the advancement in film technology to see a story that is working on dealing with an island full of dinosaurs in our current world. I was actually very happy with the story line, which I was worried would become cliche. It went a direction I didn't expect, which felt authentic to me...I feel like it's what would happen in real life. The movie also hearkened back to all three of the original films while staying true to this new century. I liked the added comic relief characters; they were used well throughout the film to help the story move forward. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard make a very fine team. It was wonderful to see focus on Blue as her own character, and on my favorite dino from the films, the T-Rex. I very much appreciated that they were still animals in the end. Blue showed characteristics of wolf behavior, which was also apparent in Jurassic World, and so it was really nice to see the filmmakers thinking through how such intelligent creatures would have acted and reacted. And I won't lie...I cried a bit several times. Those beautiful creatures have still captured my heart to this day.



Sure, critics don't like this new film. I can see why. It is a bit of a monster movie with InGen's dumbest creation to date: the indoraptor. Now I didn't find the indoraptor dumb; quite the contrary. She was quite terrifying and freaked me out. Even Henry Wu knew better on that one. However, she was more monster-like than dino-like, and I think that could've been off-putting to some folks. There were some plot holes, of course: isn't anyone thinking about Site B? Don't these dinosaurs ever poop or pee? And some other issues...but I won't spoil anything for anyone.

And did anyone else recognize this fine actor like I did?
I imagine he would've advised the indoraptor to put lotion on its skin if this had been different circumstances.

However, for me, none of that took away from enjoying a good film with some truly scary suspense, interesting characters, and the endearing over-exaggerated drama that we find inherent in these movies. Seriously, look closely at the first film again and note Spielberg's trademark 80s/90s methods of suspense and intensity (For crying out loud, Timmy, go grab the damn gun!!!). I really enjoyed the movie, and I suggest that everyone just go watch the movie to enjoy some dinosaurs on the big screen once again.

Now it does turn out that there will be a sixth film, and I'm all for it. But Universal, I have one question: can we PLEASE get an Alan Grant cameo? Pretty please?

Come on, Sam, you know you want to!

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