JURAS­SIC WORLD: FALLEN KING­DOM (M)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - MOV IES - THE SE­COND MOST IRREPRESSIBLY LIKE­ABLE FIG­URE IN MOVIES RIGHT NOW, CHRIS PRATT, STARS IN JURAS­SIC WORLD: FALLEN KING­DOM.

NEW SHOW OF DINO-MIGHT AN ECHO OF PAST BLASTS DI­REC­TOR: J.A. BAYONA (A MON­STER CALLS)

STAR­RING: CHRIS PRATT, BRYCE DAL­LAS HOWARD, JEFF GOLD­BLUM, RAFE SPALL, DANIELLA PINEDA, GERAL­DINE CHAP­LIN

Three years ago, the Juras­sic Park phe­nom­e­non was re-con­jured to spec­tac­u­lar ef­fect at the global box-of­fice.

No-one re­ally saw the mega-suc­cess of the fran­chise re­boot Juras­sic World com­ing, but it all made sense in hind­sight.

We love a good mon­ster movie to munch pop­corn at. And if di­nosaurs are in­volved, all the bet­ter.

There was a strong seam of pent-up de­mand out there to watch pre­his­toric preda­tors chase af­ter and chew upon hap­less hu­man be­ings, and Juras­sic World mined ev­ery last bit of it.

Now it’s time for an­other one, and if you are ex­pect­ing any­thing else but more of the same from Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom, you will be sorely dis­ap­pointed.

Those pre­pared to set­tle for plenty of reg­u­larly sched­uled “be­hind you!” and “gotcha!” mo­ments won’t have any quib­bles at all.

It also does not harm the en­ter­tain­ment prospects of Fallen King­dom that its lead­ing man, Chris Pratt, is the se­cond most irrepressibly like­able fig­ure in movies right now. (No shame in Pratt com­ing in at num­ber two. It is clear Dwayne ‘The Rock’ John­son will be hold­ing the ti­tle belt un­til he feels like ditch­ing it.)

Once again, Pratt is play­ing dash­ing dino-whis­perer Owen Grady, a full-time punchline gen­er­a­tor and part-time boyfriend of the wide-eyed sci­encey nerdess Claire Dear­ing (Bryce Dal­las Howard).

These two get along like a house that never catches alight, but hey, no-one re­ally goes to these kind of munch-’em-ups for the kissin’ and the cud­dlin’, do they? The plot of Juras­sic World: Fallen

King­dom? A bit of a fos­silised fizzer, re­ally.

The only real in­trigu­ing twist in play is that di­nosaurs are now a hot com­mod­ity on the black mar­ket for near-en­dan­gered species. Un­der­stand­ably, the big beasts are not all that happy about be­ing traded as spare parts for a newly weaponised strain of DNA.

Some di­nosaurs com­i­cally tip­toe up ad­ja­cent to their pant­ing prey, and all but wink at the cam­era be­fore snack time starts. Other di­nos (make that a lot of other di­nos) com­i­cally donk their head on hard ob­jects at op­por­tune times, usu­ally so a fea­tured char­ac­ter can make a quick get­away.

Pratt out-runs a vol­canic erup­tion. Rafe Spall hams it up as the vil­lain­ous CEO cash­ing in on the dino-DNA craze. Jeff Gold­blum drops by to pro­vide a link to the orig­i­nal Juras­sic Park tril­ogy.

Other than that, there ain’t too much to be re­mem­bered past the clos­ing cred­its.

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