Terrible lizards strike again

Released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s original dino-classic, it will come as little surprise that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth entry in a franchise that has yet to produce a halfway decent follow-up, is unlikely to be remembered with the same fondness  in 2043.

 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Director: J. A. Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum
Rating: (M)
★★ (out of five)

 

Of course, in this age of CG everything, there’s no way to replicate the sense of wonder  that audiences experienced seeing those brontos and raptors for the first time on the big screen. Not even Spielberg himself could strike gold again with his terrible sequel, 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but does it really matter when these movies will continue to rake in such an enormous amount regardless?

2015’s Jurassic World is now the fifth highest grossing film of all time, so like Jaws 2 this new instalment was an inevitability, and for a good half hour I was actually thinking we might have something worthwhile. The opening sequence, with a group of mercenaries sneaking on to the infamous isle of Isla Nublar for no doubt nefarious purposes, is stylish and inventive, with some nicely played directorial flourishes.

There’s also a campier than usual B-grade quality about it all, which amuses at first but grows tiresome once the dreadfulness of the screenplay is established, and as if to further rub our noses in what might have been, Jeff Goldblum reprises his character in a mere bookend cameo, delivering the best lines in what is obviously a tacked-on afterthought.

- Jeremy Quinn

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