Review: Jurassic World - Driven by nostalgia

When Jurassic World released in 2015, it served as a perfect marriage between nostalgia of the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie and the visual effects of the current generation. The latest (5th iteration) of the franchise - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - tries to re-create the same effect while breaking away from the story-mould to create a new path for future movies.

This movie takes off three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are recruited by a firm belonging to John Hammond's partner (the original creators of the Jurassic Park theme park) to return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt. However, hidden beneath the seemingly good intentions is the conspiracy to create terrifying new breeds of dinos for exploitation in illegal weapons and other segments.

The heroes of the movie are, without doubt, Chris Pratt and his domesticated velociraptor, Blue. Chris Pratt has once again nailed it on the humour front with his dry one-liners and subtle funny reactions. Sticking to tradition of Jurassic movies, the scenes with dinosaurs, too, do not stick only to gore and often deliver laughs.

The scares and suspense scenes, however, could have used a little tweaking as almost all the moments could be anticipated before they appeared on screen. This was an area where all previous Jurassic movies aced.

The best thing about this movie is the CGI. A stand-out scene from the movie appears just before Isla Nublar is destroyed, when a Brachiosaurus engulfed by fire and ash runs towards a ship leaving the island as if asking for help from humans.

The movie could have gone one level higher had the filmmakers concentrated as much on the plot as they have with the CGI.

A large number of people who watched the first Jurassic Park movie, did so with open mouth in wonder when they were just kids, as Steven Spielberg, the wizard of cinema, brought to life dinosaurs which we had only read about and seen in pictures in books. Though the latest instalment doesn't match up to the original Steven Spielberg classic in terms of impact, it works in its own right as an entertaining, popcorn-munching, summer blockbuster.


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