Friday, June 8, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (3.5/5 Stars)

By Hamza Shafique (Instagram / Facebook)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has it all from roaring giant dinosaurs to volcano eruptions, from claustrophobic horror to Chris Pratt’s usual charisma. J.A. Bayona understood what audience required from the franchise and delivered it perfectly. It is the 5th installment in the Franchise but probably the second best since the original Steven Spielberg 1993 classic.

I will not say much about the storyline, but this movie can easily be divided in to two acts. First Act is the usual island survival story which is the staple of franchise but in second act this movie brilliantly transforms in to claustrophobic monster horror. Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s script is pure brilliance. Apart from an interesting storyline and great action sequences, it also has some powerful dialogues, bone chilling horror/suspense and tear-jerking moments. Things usually you don’t expect from a Sci Fi adventure film.

Story line moves swiftly with perfect pacing. There is a perfect balance between dinosaurs and human screen time. The only negatives that I can think of from writing perspective is the weak villain angle as he is merely used to have smooth transition to second act, supporting characters (tech support guy and paleo veterinarian) could have been woven better into the plot and also the little girl’s backstory as I couldn’t find relevance, maybe it was something to be explored in 3rd installment.

J.A. Bayona direction is superb. The way he takes the narrative and creates a multidimensional experience for audience speaks volume of his talent. From the opening scene to the end credits, every moment connects with audience and evoke a different emotion every time. Surprise horror elements are used throughout perfectly and I have seen this film twice and most of them got me second time also.

Performances are convincing. Chris Pratt’s screen presence is undeniable. Rest of the cast is decent with in their scope. But here humans are not the only performers, dinosaurs have been utilized in a way that we have villain, hero and victims among them as well.
Dinosaurs look amazingly realistic, from flies all over the mouth of T-Rex to slimy tongue of Triceratops, everything we see on screen is believable. The film's dinosaurs are created through a combination of animatronics and computer-generated imagery (CGI), and this approach was very effective in making them come alive on screen.

Overall a very well-made and super entertaining film but I would also like to remind J.A. Bayona here that sometimes less is more. As an audience I felt exhausted close to the end. It felt like when you go to an amusement park and enjoy all day but by day end you are tired and just want to go home and rest. Same happened here, we could have lived with one less T-Rex roar and one or two less scares where some giant jaw comes unexpectedly, nevertheless it’s one entertaining ride.
This movie thoroughly entertained the dino nerd in me, I go with 3.5 stars.
I would like to thank Empire Arabia Magazine for the premiere invite and making this review possible.

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