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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review (Spoilers)

If you've seen the trailer, Chris Pratt returning as Owen Grady says "Save the dinosaurs from an island that is about to explode. What could go wrong?" If you've been with the Jurassic Park series for 25 years, I think you know what the answer to that question is going to be in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which opens Friday June 22nd. What follows is my favorite parts of the movie, with lots of spoilers.
Before jumping into the specifics of the movie... here's Jeff Goldblum singing the Jurassic Park theme song with the boys from Rooster Teeth.


In the full video, Rooster Teeth’s Chris and Josh interview Jurassic Park star, Jeff Goldblum, about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and the video game Jurassic World Evolution. Goldblum explains what it’s like having Ron Howard as a father and musical talent like Mozart. Watch the full video now on Facebook.

The premise of the movie is... When the dormant volcano on the dinosaur's island (Islar Nublar) becomes active, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. The bad guys have other ideas by weaponizing our friendly dinosaurs.

The PG-13 rated movie is two hours and eight minutes long. It starts with Jeff Goldblum testifying in front of congress as Ian Malcolm on whether or not the United States should fund the saving of the dinosaurs. When they reject the plea, the Lockwood estate offers Bryce Dallas Howard returning as Claire an option to save them, and off to the island she goes, with Owen and new to the series Daniella Pineda as paleo-veterinarian Zia Rodriguez and former park technician Franklin Webb.
And now for the spoilers in the form of superlatives, roughly in order....

Favorite quote
Owen says to Claire: "If I don't make it back, remember that you're the one that made me come here." They're not a couple but the two still seem to show some chemistry. Later in movie, they do share a kiss.

Saddest scene
When the team leaves an exploding Islar Nublar, a brachiosaurus is seen on the docks being engulfed by flames. It is not a quick scene and very sad. You feel sorry for the guy who was probably thinking why'd you leave me behind....

Cagiest scene
Blue is shot and Zia needs to fix her up. In order to remove the bullet, she needs some blood from another dinosaur. This sends Owen and Claire into the tyrannosaurus cage. In order to get the blood, Claire must mount the dinosaur like a rodeo bull while Owen is getting slimed. Nice big needle to draw the blood.

By the way, great scene of when Zia sees her first dinosaur alive. After studying for so long to be a paleo-veterinarian and never really dealing with anything alive, she jumps out of the mobile fortress vehicle their in on the island before its really safe for her.
Biggest surprise
Grandpa/Benjamin Lockwood hides a picture of his daughter from supposed granddaughter Maisie. Lockwood estate caretaker Mills later tells Owen and Claire that Maisie is a human clone of Lockwood's deceased daughter. You eventually do see a picture of the two girls together.

Most repeated scene
Maisie escaping whether through the dumb waiter or out the window. A little on the negative here but how many times does she need to escape? The girl is smart and is good at escaping places though, whether being locked in her room or just running from someone/something.

Loudest audience reaction
The bio-engineered indoraptor falling onto the horns of a triceratops after Blue saves the crew on the glass roof of the Lockwood's library. After some bullets bounce off the indoraptor early on, you start to wonder how it is going to die. Another good indoraptor scene is after pretending to be knocked out, it chomps off the arm of the head mercenary who is into collecting dino teeth.

Least surprising scene
The one scene you know is coming after the dinosaurs are set free is the death of Eli Mills played by Rafe Spall. He's been the caretaker of the Lockwood estate while Benjamin has gotten older and it was his decision to bring the dinos back to the United States and the Lockwood estate. While he's trying to get away from the estate and the freely roaming/fighting dinos, you think he's going to die a few times before he eventually gets eaten by a couple of dinosaurs. Before his eventual demise, I was thinking that it would be a bad move to just have him get crushed by a car. Thankfully, he wasn't. Not much clapping when that happened.

Another not so surprising scene is the supposed death of the auctioneer who was leading the sale of the dinosaurs to the room full of global bigwigs. You think the auctioneer is going to escape in the elevator only to have the doors reopen after the power is shorted out.

Surprising scene
After the dinosaurs are released into the wild by Maisie, one of them breaks into a zoo and you see the dinosaur opposite a lion and they kinda roar at each other. Knowing that there is a sixth movie coming, you kind of knew already that Maisie would release them when the scene happens.

Biggest villain still alive
Besides of course the roaming free dinosaurs... After the indoraptor goes on its killing spree, we see Dr. Wu played by B.D. Wong escape again with some dinosaur DNA. Surely he'll be creating more dinosaurs in the next movie. Besides when the indorapter died, when the doctor first appeared on screen was the second loudest audience reaction during the movie.

Closing scene
Jeff Goldblum/Ian is back testifying in front of congress where you're shown scenes of dinosaurs roaming in the city. Gives you some ideas of what the sixth movie in the series will show in a few more years. You do have to wonder if Maisie taking her grandpa's journal might be a part of it, too.

Do be sure to stay to the end for a post credit scene in Las Vegas.

Overall, great CGI for the big stars of the show, a fun story for the family to watch, especially if you've scene the prior four movies of the series. If you're kids don't understand screen violence fully, though, it is full of lots of death and destruction, so you'll need to prepare them a little. My eleven-year-old had no problems with things. The movie is somewhat of a repeat of past story lines though. If you like the series, you'll enjoy the movie, even if it might seem a bit predictable.

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