2. The Villains And Jeff Goldblum Were Wasted
Rafe Spall and Toby Jones, both wonderful actors, were wasted with one-dimensional parts in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Ted Levine as double crossing dinosaur wrangler Ken Wheatley, was much more fun to watch (though he was given very little).
I guess one could argue that the biggest “villain” was the genetically modified “Indoraptor” that was created by Dr. Wu (BD Wong), but since most of the second half the movie was set in the mansion, we didn’t get to see the Indoraptor fight to his fullest. The Indoraptor’s battle with Blue atop the Mansion’s glass roof, with Owen, Claire and Maisie in tow just couldn’t top Jurassic World’s climactic battle (having a T-Rex and Blue team-up agains the big baddie in Jurassic World was one for the books imo).
Having Jeff Goldblum return to the franchise was a brilliant stroke, but to have Ian Malcolm essentially serve as the dude who warns us s**t is going South was way too predictable. Goldblum could have been better utilized in his cameo.
3. Chris Pratt And Bryce Dallas Howard Are Wonderful – But The Script Sags
The reunion between Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) doesn’t match the spark or laughter elicited from Jurassic World. Their scene at a bar, when they have different versions of how their split came to pass, could have been a total charmer. Instead, the writing just didn’t do them justice, and that sequence just fell flat. Claire and Owen’s friction filled union was better served in Jurassic World, and with Fallen Kingdom there is absolutely no intriguing character development.
****These are just a couple of my complaints regarding Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, but overall I liked it (but didn’t love it). It’s a B-movie flick that was given an A-level budget, and some of the supporting characters (Zia Rodriguez’s unstoppable sarcasm and Franklin Webb’s neurotic tendencies were welcome) actually brought value to the story.
***Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a fun enough watch even with all of its flaws (I didn’t get to the Las Vegas end credits scene – but in short I thought that was fine but unspectacular. Other members of the CinemAddicts Facebook Group (Spoiled Cinema, btw, is an extension of that group – feel free to join us) had other opinions. Check out Bruce Purkey’s Top 10 dumb things of Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom below (also check out Polygon’s spoiler post on the flick – it’s a good read)!!
What did you think of Jurassic Park: The Fallen Kingdom?? I’d love to hear your comments on the film, and feel free to spoil away!!