From Guest Blogger: First Person Loser
First things for about me – I love a good popcorn movie. Something you can watch, be enthralled and super invested for an hour or two, leave the cinema on a high, but not have a huge imprint, good or bad. Just something to awesomely fill the time. I’m a huge fan of the original Jurassic Park, and it’s sequels, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I blanched when I found out that Jurassic World was a thing. I rolled my eyes and scoffed at the potential bastard train-wreck, but can safely say that when I watched the original Jurassic World, I was plenty surprised. Plenty of action, pretty funny and I LOVED the idea of Owen and the Raptor Squad – just a really all-rounder fun flick. It was never going to have the magic or charm of the original film, so the key to enjoying it was to leave your notions at the door and absorb what was in front of you.
However, Fallen Kingdom is A LOT darker than it’s predecessor. And for me, that was an awesome turn. Now, I do feel like there was elements to it that were possible too dark for children, but it’s entirely up to parents. It’s less action adventure, and more of a gentle dino thriller, with dashes of horror. There’s a lot going on in this movie but the plot is simple enough.
As a direct continuation from the first film, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt, who is as charming as ever) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard, a gem as always) are dealing with the fallout from the Isla Nublar disaster – Claire, now a Dinosaur protection activist is campaigning to rescue the dinosaurs from an increasingly hostile island, that is being plagued by a reactivated volcano. With the odds against her mission, and at the last possible moment, a mysterious and powerful benefactor decides to weigh in and assist Claire and her team with saving the dinos from their grim fate, the only stipulation being that they need to rescue Owen Grady’s crowning jewel, the raptor Blue, (who has been MIA since the end of the previous film) as she’s classed as being one of the most hyper intelligent creatures on the planet, and is the last of her kind. This requires Claire to seek Owen out, to plead her case as he’s the only person with a chance of finding Blue thus beginning the main storyline of the film.
There are some very interesting subplots going on in this story too, particularly involving Lockwood and his young granddaughter, Maisie (whose actress, Isabella Sermon is INCREDIBLE), and I’m not gonna lie, I did cry once.. maybe twice, but that’s because I am a complete spanner, and tend to have bizarrely emotional reactions to fictional characters and creatures. And Jeff Goldblum’s cameo as our friendly, neighbourhood Chaos theorist, Dr. Ian Malcolm is a definite scene stealer.
There’s not much I can say without spoiling some key elements to this film – hardly groundbreaking revelations mind you, but it would still be a dick move nonetheless. Jurassic World lives up to exactly what it is – it’s a cash grab summer blockbuster popcorn flick, and it’s job is to entertain you, and that’s exactly what it does. It’s an intense mish-mash of action, comedy, horror and adventure but it all blends well and really works. The characters aren’t particularly memorable, but that’s not exactly heinous because they serve their purpose well. The action sequences are awesome in sequence but it’s nothing we haven’t seen already before (except maybe Blue pure Jason Bourning through a window, that was fucking class!).
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t a necessary watch, but it’s frantic, colourful, good ol’ entertainment nonetheless. If you’ve seen Fallen Kingdom, or decide to check it out; let me know in the comments!