Review: Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom

The dinosaurs are going to disappear.

by Iñaki Oñate

We should’ve paid more attention to Dr. Malcom’s advice. We should’ve stopped the dinos before it was too late. Now we are witnessing the downfall of one the most iconic and successful Hollywood franchises of all time.

The boys and girls at Universal and Amblin Entertainment, following the pathos of every single evil or mislead character in the “Jurassic” films, have tried to push the limits of the prehistoric giants and have reached a point of no return. I’m so sad to comment that the latest installment of the universe originally and masterfully captured on film by Steven Spielberg in the 90’s has become a low blow in every single way.

In the era of over-expanding the universe of classic movies Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) is clearly a sign that such an era must reach a closing time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles from the previous film as their characters set out to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from Isla Nublar before the imminent eruption of a volcano destroys the island completely. Something won’t turn out as they imagined and their task will become more complex to realize.

There is a notorious resemblance to the storyline of Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997), in which the heroes are sent on a mission to check on the dinosaurs and their plans are complicated by a second party. You can actually trace the beginning of the end to Jurassic Park III (2001). There are several elements in this movie that you will see repeated and abused in the next films, such as the hero going on a mission under false pretenses, and the exploitation of the more exotic specimens of prehistoric animals such as the spinosaurus and the pterodactyl. It is also a movie driven mainly by action sequence after action sequence, set-piece after set-piece, without any real strong sense of dramatic action.

What the subsequent films have done is to pervert this formulas even more. After seeing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom I dare to foretell the following (and I don’t mean to spoil anything to anybody but get ready): the third part of this new trilogy is going to move over to the territory of B-movies like One Million Years Before Christ (1966) with Raquel Welch and Peter Cushing and Caveman (1981), starring Ringo Starr with an original soundtrack by Lalo Schiffrin. Remember these references as we enter the “Jurassic Kingdom”, as we go back into a time of silly/funny/entertaining mainstream movies and sloppy screenplays worth millions of dollars.

If you have any hope then stick around because this season of bad narrative and dead-eyed actors will only last a couple of years more before these theme park dinosaurs go extinct. Life in cinema will find, uh, a way.

IñaIñaki Oñate / Writer (Quito, Ecuador – 1988) Iñaki resides in Buenos Aires, where he studied film directing at Universidad del Cine. His short films have been part of the official selection at the New York, La Habana and Cannes festivals.  He’s currently developing his first feature film with his own independent production company, Undergofilms. He also works in music and art illustration.

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