Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - A Review by Matt the Intern

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is not Shakespeare, and it doesn’t capture the ‘Welcome to Jurassic Park' feeling that "Jurassic Park" gave us, but it’s a fun film that you will enjoy!

jurassicworld fallenkingdom carnotaurus 700x315"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has been getting a lot of hate from critics, who in my opinion are too picky about perfection, and I ask you to ignore them. Sure, the film isn’t perfect and doesn’t live up the original "Jurassic Park," but it’s a thrilling and emotional adventure. It does offer us a few homages to the original, but mostly a plot that highly contrasts the other Jurassic Park films. Being a lifelong "Jurassic Park" fan, I loved the film and I plan to see it again soon. If you’re looking for action, thrills, a new story, and plenty of dinosaurs, you will enjoy "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" takes place three years after "Jurassic World." The park is abandoned, the dinosaurs roam free, and the island’s dormant volcano has become active and is going to erupt. After receiving no help from the United States government, The Dinosaur Protection Group, created by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), must save the dinosaurs from extinction and relocate them to a new island with the help Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). Of course, they run into trouble. If you remember from "Jurassic World," there are traffickers who want to take the dinosaurs to the mainland and sell them. Not only that, but the traffickers want to genetically modify the dinosaurs into dangerous, indestructible, obedient creatures that can be used as weapons - a recipe for disaster.

The warning that Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) gave us in "Jurassic Park" comes full circle in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." Dinosaurs were selected by natureJurassic for extinction, and humans should not have brought them back. “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." It goes against the natural order and throws the ecosystem into chaos. Dinosaurs and humans were never meant to live together and the stronger animals (dinosaurs) will take over as the dominant species. “Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously.”

“Life, uh...finds a way.”

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is rated PG – 13. It does contain violence, but it’s mild, and if your kids have watched and enjoyed the other Jurassic Park films, they should be alright.

If you visit the Jurassic World website, there are some fun games for kids of all ages. Younger children will enjoy the 'Adopt a Dino' game where they try to save the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. Tweens and teens will enjoy an augmented virtual reality game 'Jurassic World Alive.'

 

Matt Heid is a self described Disnerd, Star Wars fanatic, and a digital arts major at Stetson University. He is also a summer intern for Chesapeake Family Life. You can follow his Disney adventures on his Instagram page, Imagineer999.