Sequel hardly World-class
enough of Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm.
Director J A Bayona, best known for a trilogy of well-made, evocative and thought-provoking horrors – The Orphanage, The Impossible and A Monster Calls – proves he certainly knows how to ramp up the tension, create poignancy, and make impressive use of shadow and light, but he’s saddled with a lumbering monster of a Franken-script by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. For all Bayona’s beautifully shot moments, he can’t correct a story that clearly telegraphs its twists, grinds through the gears, and boasts some ill-judged physical humour, strange continuity, and a couple of odd leaps in logic.
Ultimately devolving into a contemporary Gothic horrorcum-1980s-slasher-movie in the final third (which is as much of a warning as I can give you to not take your littlies to this), it then tries to ‘‘ape’’ a certain other successful animal franchise in the hope of creating a path for future iterations.
Not Pterrible, but hardly dinomite either. – James Croot
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ultimately devolves into a contemporary Gothic horror-cum-1980s-slasher-movie in the final-third of the film.