(2.5 / 5)
I like Chris Pratt movies. More specifically, I’ve enjoyed his blockbuster roles in Guardians of the Galaxy films and Jurassic World. Though he wasn’t the central role, I enjoyed his brief appearance in Zero Dark Thirty and Wanted. Even though Passengers didn’t vibe with me the first time, I set aside the massive quandary of the drowning man and it grew on me. With him reprising his most profitable roles, I had hoped they would be more excitement. After the disappointment that is the bloated Infinity War, my eyes turned to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Fallen Kingdom follows a few years after the events of the first film. The park is in ruins and the long dormant volcano on the island is on the verge of eruption. At the request of a rich proprietor and longtime friend of the park founder, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) ropes Owen (Pratt) into leading a team collecting animals for relocation. When the volcano eventually goes off, we find out the true plans for the animals’ resettlement.
It’s fitting that the movie is the most intense when the volcano erupts. For a few minutes of screen time, animals and humans alike cascade down the formation to safety. Unfortunately, the movie loses steam from there and ends more as a whimper than a bang. The constants of the previous films (greedy corporate intentions, cameo from original cast, T-Rex cameo) appear in a checklist means of delivery. Gone is the excitement and fun that made the previous film such a major moneymaker. Leads Pratt and Howard’s previous chemistry feels strained as the script can’t keep the connection going with all the action.
Is it the expected big, loud, fun summer movie? Sure. But it fails to have the depth or originality of the franchise’s best to matter in the long run. A half exciting movie that is almost mundane in the other half. 2.5 out of 5 stars