Wow, the trailer for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” makes the movie look bad.
Perhaps it’s the disappointment speaking. Maybe this film got too hyped, and its mysterious plot allowed too much opportunity to fantasize about a smart, innovative storyline that could never have really lived up to the anticipation.
Either way, the central catalyst for adventure in this sequel to “Jurassic World” is dumb, repetitive, and mind-bogglingly predictable.
Quick everyone, we have to go back to the island that’s overrun with dinosaurs!
Why? Because explosions, that’s why!
In the run-up to the release of this trailer, certain key members of the creative team for “Jurassic World 2“ had promised that their mystery script was going to revolutionize the franchise, taking things in a whole new direction that involved moving beyond the idea of endlessly visiting a dinosaur theme park.
After all, there’s never any sensible reason to return. At the beginning of both “Jurassic Park” sequels, some cookie-cutter nonsense is trotted out as an explanation as to why anyone would want to try to return to the place where dinosaurs eat people.
These flimsy excuses have never held up very well, and as such, we’d been promised that “Fallen Kingdom” would be different.
Two years ago now, Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first “Jurassic World” and who’s stayed on as a producer for the second movie, said:
“I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy.”
This quote made it sound as if the plan was to make a movie that left the theme park idea behind, instead embracing a more in-depth look at how the world would change based on the idea that dinosaurs are real.
Would people adopt baby raptors as pets? Would armies fight with T-Rexes on their side? Would we all be eating triceratops steak?
But, nope, none of these ideas are being explored in the new movie, because instead, the key characters from the first movie have to go back to an exploding island in order to save some dinosaurs that want to eat them.
What a surprise it will be when that turns out to be a terrible idea.
The utter laziness in writing is on display nowhere more obviously than in the moment when the trailer can’t help but quote the most famous line from the original “Jurassic Park”, as Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcom yet again states his catchphrase that “Life finds a way”.
This is meant to appeal to nostalgia, but it raises a bigger question: if this movie merely exists as an opportunity to replay the greatest hits from earlier instalments in the franchise, without any new or original ideas, and a sequel premise that’s so trite and unoriginal that it’s already been used in the series twice before, is there actually any reason to see this movie?
If all that we’re getting is dinosaurs eating people, and the people are actively walking into the mouths of the dinosaurs because the plot demands it, there’s no dramatic tension. The whole endeavor is stupid and pointless.
If nostalgia is what you crave, just watch the original “Jurassic Park” again.
Thus far, it doesn’t look like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is going to turn out any better than “The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2” or “Jurassic Park 3”.
Considering how pointless both of those sequels were, it’s pretty impressive that “Fallen Kingdom” manages to look quite so bad.