Reflecting on the quality achieved by Jurassic World: The Lost World (Steven Spielberg, 1997), Jurassic Park III (Joe Johnston, 2001), and Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015), it seems pretty clear that the follow-up story of the Jurassic Park will not be able to match or even match the prime qualities of the legendary Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1993). Well ... the sequel line of Jurassic Park is not really a bad quality movie. Although it comes with a story that is getting increasingly shallow, the films are still able to be developed with the story that makes it quite fun to watch. And, of course, the commercial success of the films will certainly make Spielberg and the producers of the Jurassic Park movie series keep trying to spin their brains in producing a new part of the film's sequel - the last Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World, revenues of more than US $ 1.6 billion from its worldwide release as well as making it the most successful film of the Jurassic Park movie series.
Now, three years after the success of Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the sequel from the previous story. Trevorrow now only serves as executive producer and screenwriter along with Derek Connolly - who is also the writer of the Jurassic World script. The director seat is now occupied by Spanish director J. A. Bayona, known for his mysterious and thriller films like The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012), and A Monster Calls (2017).
The existence of Bayona in the directing seat itself must be acknowledged to give a strong influence for the color of telling Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. His ingenuity in building the element of tension can be felt in many scenes of film that also make Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feels more grim when compared to the films of its predecessor. It's obviously fun to feel a new twist in the Jurassic Park telling universe. Unfortunately, the processing of manuscripts produced by Trevorrow and Connolly often hampers the film to go further. Superficially familiar characterizations and conflicts then trap Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom into a boring presentation.
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom runs three years after a series of conflicts depicted in Jurassic World. Isla Nublar - the archipelago that used to be the location of the Jurassic World park - has now been abandoned and is home to a collection of surviving dinosaurs. One day, a volcano located in the archipelago shows a sign that it will soon erupt and is expected to - once again - wipe out the dinosaur traces from the surface of the Earth. The United States government itself is involved in long discussions with scientists about whether they will save the dinosaur species in the islands or let them go extinct - especially after the tragedy that occurred in the Jurassic World park as told in the previous film.
Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), formerly an operations manager of Jurassic World, has now worked as an environmental activist and is an optional advocate for the United States government to rescue a collection of dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. Claire Dearing's hope was sweet when she got a call from Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) who revealed that he was willing to help the girl by saving a collection of dinosaurs and placing them on a conservation islands provided that Claire Dearing also helped him gain access to Isla Nublar. Of course, Claire Dearing approved the cooperation. Claire Dearing then contacts Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) who is expected to help their group, especially in capturing the rare dinosaurs in Isla Nublar. Together, Claire Dearing and Owen Grady travel to Isla Nublar ... without knowing that a number of dangers can lurk at their safety.
Those who enjoy Bayona's previous performance will obviously easily appreciate his efforts to provide his own personal direction trail in a film series that has been more than two decades old. Of course, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still a movie that emphasizes its appearance on the ability to showcase the latest technology in working on scenes covered by visual effects. However, instead of presenting it as a magnificent and luxurious scene while often empty, Bayona chose to coat these great scenes with adequate emotional touch. Bayona also carefully composed scenes of his film to be present in the proper story rhythm. In some parts, Bayona presents it in slow tempo to create a level of tension that will make every audience cling to their seats. On the other hand, Bayona did not hesitate to use the story rhythm so fast to be able to provide a more real action sensation.
Unfortunately, Bayona's lead intelligence fails to be followed by an equally appealing storyline. Following one of the dialogues contained in this film - “…creature of the future made from pieces of the past… -- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feels as a refresher version of Jurassic Park: The Lost World with a touch of contemporary technology and another conflict story that has been so familiar in the Jurassic Park movie series.
With the story written by Trevorrow and Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is meant to be a bridge for the next series where the story will move away from the background of the Jurassic Park / Jurassic World park location and bring its story to a more realistic human surroundings. However, with the cultivation of the conflict is so shallow and the characters are depicted so minimalist, the bridge named Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is finally become tiring. Of course, the success of Bayona's direction was able to bring many pleasant moments in this 128-minute movie. Still, it will not help many audiences to feel totally attached to this movie and at least feel interested in following the next Jurassic Park series.
The superficial and minimalist depiction of characters affects the quality of the acting department of this film. Pratt and Howard still show excellent performances in their respective characters - Pratt even able to make the character Owen Grady appear more calm and mature. However, by managing the relationship between the two characters which is far from satisfactory, the chemistry between Pratt and Howard is now unable to perform as strongly as in the previous film. Quite unfortunate considering the two characters they play is actually described as two figures of characters who love each other.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is also filled with typical characters in similar films. Starting from Dr. Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda), a scientist who will be useful in explaining various medical terms; Franklin Webb (Justice Smith), a technologist who is so afraid to deal with the outer world; Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), a little girl with a mysterious childhood, to the comically illustrated figure of the antiteris (Spall).
The characters are often only used as triggers of a plot or mere a conflict which then disappears and suddenly reappear when needed. Even the re-presence of some of the iconic characters of the Jurassic Park series, Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), does not give much meaning to the quality of the story as a whole.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still in capacity as a show that many viewers can enjoy. Music by Michael Giacchino and cinematography by Óscar Faura are able to make the quality of this film production look solid. Nevertheless, as a film that has a long history in the past - and potentially has an equally long history record in the future - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feels as part of a Jurassic Park that has no significant development. Fun to enjoy for a moment but will be easy enough to be forgotten just like that. [C]
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Directed by J. A. Bayona
Produced by Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belén Atienza
Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly (screenplay), Michael Crichton (characters)
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B. D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography Óscar Faura
Edited by Bernat Vilaplana
Production companies Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment/The Kennedy/Marshall Company/Legendary Pictures
Running time 128 minutes Country United States Language English