- 29 Dec - 04 Jan, 2019
- 07 Jul - 13 Jul, 2018
In this near fantastic continuation of the Jurassic World storyline, Isla Nublar is facing cataclysmic destruction from mother nature and the world’s leaders have a difficult decision to make: should we let nature do the dirty work and kill off all the dinosaurs, or do we intervene and rescue them?
Yes, let them die, says Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) – the sophist who invented Chaos Theory and was one of the principal characters in the first Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, directed by Steven Spielberg. Malcolm’s point is simple: dinosaurs were extinct for a reason, and if mankind produces them again through genetic engineering, there is no telling when, where and how soon we in turn, may become the extinct ones. These animals and reptiles died for a reason, so let them die again, he pleads to the jury.
Unfortunately, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing (the excellent Chris Pratt and just-about okay Bryce Dallas Howard) have to go to the island again in the nick of time to save Blue – Grady’s beloved, trained Raptor – who was also the swashbuckling heroine of the last part.
Director J.A. Bayona and screenwriters Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow (the latter was the director of the last part as well) create a deeply rooted, fast paced blockbuster that dips into all the little nostalgic details, while keeping the film relevant to today’s audiences. At certain moments, it gets quite emotional as well.
Although far from perfect, the direction Fallen Kingdom takes in its last moments is mind-blowing, making the next part’s story new and original. I loved it for its (still) childlike sense of wonder, and some very intelligent framing choices from Bayona. Bravo.