Friday, June 22, 2018 marks the official US theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the early press screening Tuesday, June 19, courtesy of Universal Pictures, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.
If you’ve seen the previews, you probably have some idea of what’s going on in this sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World. If you haven’t seen the previews, I hope you’ve at least seen the first one. If not, I got nothing for you.
If you have seen the movie, you’re familiar with the two main characters, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who managed to escape the new Jurassic Park. You must also be familiar with Blue, the Velociraptor, and the wonderfully-done CGI Tyrannosaurus Rex, oh, and the nasty hybrid, Indominnous Rex who got spectacularly eaten by Mosasaur at the end of the first movie.
Yeah, I laughed pretty hard at that.
So, how does this one compare to the first reboot (it really isn’t fair to compare it to the original, I mean, come on! They blew have their F/X budget on a life size animatronic t-rex!)? I’d say it was a pretty good follow-up to the first. Parts of it were a little rushed, but the parts they did choose to spend their precious cinema time on more than made up for the rushed bits.
I would like to add, that, although Owen and Clare were once again the main characters, some of the characters were pretty additions. Specifically, Justice Smith’s Franklin, the computer geek, and Daniella Pineda’s Zia, the Paleo veterinarian. If you haven’t IMDb’d this movie, do yourself the favor of not doing so until after the movie, like I did. There are a few surprise cast members that’ll make you smirk.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fun family flick and not much else. If your kid(s) are anything like mine, they can name every single dinosaur just by it’s shadow (I recommend Ark: Survival Evolved for the PS4 for this). The CGI is pretty spot on, and the plot-line is pretty easy to follow and be entertained by. No, it’s not breaking any huge new ground, and no there’s not really all that much to it apart from just a fun family flick about dinosaurs… but that’s all it really needed to be. I would highly recommend seeing it in theaters just for the special effects. – 7.5/10
Staff Writer: Nerd Nation Magazine