With four predecessors, this sequel to the 2015 reboot Jurassic World is finally feeling a bit primitive.
In 1993, the Spielberg original was a novel concept that unraveled in an interesting fashion, creating the “smart” blockbuster.
But in 2017, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom seems to just be coming up with excuses over and over again for our characters to put themselves in the most preposterous situations possible.
The audience is once again expected to sit through a film where we’re inundated with one terrible decision after another as stars try to contain an awful situation they created.
Thank God it’s a film that is entertaining as hell.
Here, as a volcano is set to hit the dinosaurs’ habitat, one of the two partners behind the original park (the magnificent James Cromwell) attempts to relocate them to a safe space. But as you can guess, things go horribly wrong.
While stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard are, once again, charming and capable of holding onto the audience, it’s the human supporting cast that doesn’t quite stand up.
Rafe Spall and Ted Levine are pretty useless villains, and Justice Smith overplays his hand in a role that’s supposed to be comedic but ends up shrill.
Points to Toby Jones for bringing the perfect amount of camp, but Cromwell and original film star Jeff Goldblum are woefully underutilized.
The dinosaurs themselves are amazing, and the sheer spectacle hasn’t gone missing from Fallen Kingdom. It’s glorious to see on the big screen, that’s for sure.
All I’m saying is, don’t expect any brains with that dinosaur brawn.