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Jurassic Park debuted in 1993 and, like the dinosaurs, it left a mark on the world and it’s subconscious of our pop culture. With the mix of expert puppetry of Stan Winston and the ground breaking CGI modeling by Industrial Light and Magic, or ILM, the film brought dinosaurs to life onto the big screen. This film captured the wonder as well as the fear that we would have for these creatures. Jurassic Park captivated the world so much that it’s influence can still be felt today.
Jurassic World, the canonical sequel to Jurassic Park, hit the silver screen in 2015. Here, John Hammond’s dream is made a new and is flourishing amongst the public. However, Malcolm said in the original, “Life finds a way”. Just like the original as well, the dinosaurs escape and cause havoc on the island rendering the park uninhabitable for humans. While not as captivating as the original, it proved to be a proper sequel paying homage to its predecessor while still having much to enjoy. It managed to rekindle a spark of what the previous generation had experienced in the early 1990s.
Now, here we are in 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released to the public this past June. While it is an entertaining film, and did find myself engaged with the film, I do feel that it stumbles in a few areas concerning the motivations of the characters as well as feeling a little uninspired in some regards. Logical thought does seems absent from the characters, and that seems to be the proper way to watch this movie. While I do acknowledge that Jurassic Park is and always will be a popcorn thriller, and certainly has moments in which a lapse in logic is almost a requirement. However, the first film is more of a hop and a skip in logic rather a leap, such as with JW: Fallen Kingdom.
While this is the third film in the canon of the series, it seems to take a few things from the alternate timeline, namely Jurassic Park II: The Lost World. First, we are given a new character whose existence has some affect on the world of the film, but we as the audience do not have any knowledge of before this film; similar to the second island. The main antagonist presents his noble intentions at the start of the film, but has perverse motives that will have monetary benefit to him and him alone. One of the secondary villains is a hunter figure only present on the island for the money and the sport. Those are just a few comparisons that can be made between the two films.
The setup to the film, the protagonist humanitarian attempt to save as many species as they can, is very much in the vein of conservationism, but lacks actual logic if put under scrutiny. If the protagonists were able to retrieve any number of the dinosaurs and transport them to a sanctuary island; how would they plan on containing the species that fly or live under water? When the dinosaurs do escape this sanctuary site, they would destabilize our current ecosystem, which is already unstable enough. Many species would be threatened with extinction from the dominant predators, the dinosaurs. It may be my bias of thinking about the bigger picture, and I do understand that these are living animals, but these things would create more destruction to our planet than we fathom.
I did like that some characters were brought back, mainly Blue, Chris Pratt’s surrogate dino-child. Blue, just like in the first movie, is the star of the show. She is the raptor that kids will have on their t-shirts and lunch boxes that will cover the school lunch table. Other characters were not very memorable, or just downright annoying to me. The comedy was off putting in its delivery that seemed unfit for the movie.
Nothing, in my mind can eclipse the fun and thrill of watching the original, however at the end of the credits, I do feel that I did had fun with this film. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will engage the kids, but it seems that we need to let the this franchise pass into legend, as the dinosaurs before us. It is becoming over extended, and will more than certainly have another film given the ending of this past one. Dinosaurs will never stop being amazing to learn about and see on screen, but the impact on each individual will be lessened if these films continue to made and released into the world, and you can only hear famous lines for the first time only once, “Welcome to Jurassic Park”.