Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona
If I don’t make it back, remember you’re the one who made me come here.
— Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Isabella Sermon, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum.
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Screenplay: Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow.

In parts this movie knew who to pluck your good ol' heart strings, in other parts this movie didn't even remember how to create characters. This film is a hot mess and poor Chris Pratt's (Owen Grady) continuous hunched back had to suffer for it. 

There are movies that you call dumb, and then there are actual dumb movies. This is a dumb movie and not because it is a mega blockbuster that is a sequel of a rebooted sequel. It is because the plot is just damn dumb. The Jurassic Park/World explodes, literally explodes with absolutely no build up to it. It's like they couldn't wait to get the Dinosaurs off the island to carry on I suppose their main plot? Why have them go to the island when they could just have them start in plot A rather than side quest? 

We are introduced to our protagonists in a really lazy way. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) has a slightly better opening scene where we find her as a director of a Dinosaur Protection Group. However Grady's character really has a disservice from the lazy writing. No one in the world would believe that he went from loving, raising, caring for Dinosaurs and until Dearing 'convinces' him to find his heart for Blue that he finally agrees to help save her.

The acting and character highlight has to come from Isabella Sermon (playing Masie Lockwood) who is the granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell). She is so adorable and quick-witted. She reminds you of how integral the kids were in the original Jurassic Park. Her actions really do move the plot one way of the other and Sermon's acting is spot on.

The best part of this film is Owen Grady's training videos with him and Blue. So the best part of this film is other people watching something on a screen? ouch. 

★ ★ 1/2