I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a step down from the previous movie. But in the same breath, I have to say this is also a step in the right direction.
Let’s start with the characters. All our favorite survivors are back but unfortunately, their personas have a rocky start. Howard gets the hang of it and she herself becomes a powerful driving force for the film. Pratt is as charming as always and brings desperately needed charisma, charm, and personality to the film—all the while chopping up some surprising emotion.
The supporting cast and especially the villain all do a fine job of being disposable, well-written, and modern to this decade-old series. They bring a harsh reality and some really interesting questions to the applicability of dinosaurs in the modern world.
Then there’s the plot, which thankfully had more pros than cons. The pros are that the story takes a more frightful path and have made dinosaurs horrifying again. It brings new ideas and some creative twists to the series that propel Jurassic World 3 into instant hype mode. This gave the movie has some moments of pure adrenaline terror and edge of your seat action. It’s thrilling and scary, something I didn’t think I would ever say about a JP movie since the original.
The cons are the movie has some pacing issues and spouts of bad dialogue along with some jokes that don’t land. While it’s original in some areas, it rips quite a bit from the Lost World, some scene setups are literally just like the second Jurassic Park movie.
Overall, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is a worthy sequel and installment in this series that amps up the horror and tension along with enough new ideas to make a good movie. 7.1/10