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|Original title:||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Direction:||J. A. Bayona|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 128 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The Jurassic World theme park was supposed to be the biggest tourist attraction in the world. But the dream came true after the outbreak of a genetically generated dinosaur three years ago. The park is destroyed and the people have left Isla Nubar. Now the dinosaurs live here as the sole rulers of the island. But then the volcano threatens to erupt on the island and destroy all life. The billionaire Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), once partner of Jurrasic Park founder Hammond, wants to save his legacy. So he hires former park manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to return to the island with Owen (Chris Pratt) to save the dinosaurs still alive, including the Owen-stamped Raptor Blue. But soon the two have to realize that their rescue operation serves a completely different purpose and that the dinosaurs should perhaps better perish together with Isla Nubar…
After "Jurassic World" three years ago could record more than 1.6 billion dollars worldwide and is therefore currently one of the five most successful films of all time, Spanish director J. A. Bayona ("The Orphanage", "Seven Minutes After Midnight") faces the difficult task of topping - or at least living up to - this success and the expectations it entails. He succeeded very well in some aspects, unfortunately not at all in others. First of all to the story: "Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom" is strictly speaking a remake of "Forgotten World: Jurassic Park". Here and there, the heroes must return from their predecessors to help the now free-living dinosaurs, only to learn that they are to be brought off the island by nasty humans. There is an attitude that seems to have been adopted even one to one. Whether intended homage or coincidence is not clear. But it's clear that there is a certain recognition value for connoisseurs of the franchise - even if Bayona can offer some really great and spectacular effects here.
In the second half there's a little surprise: Even if the story - and especially one element I'll come back to later - is really outrageous, you have to give the team around J.A. Bayona credit for the recognizable will to offer something different. Instead of a big spectacle, the focus here is on real excitement, which almost has an intimate character from the limited space and the reduction over long distances to just one Dino. This is very effective and has some surprisingly funny, but also really thrilling moments to offer.
In the last minutes the basis for a third "Jurassic World" is laid, where the cards are shuffled completely new. That's interesting in itself, but the way to get there is really stupid. This brings us to the biggest problem of the film: Why do children have to play a central role in every Jurassic film? In the first part this worked and also had a certain sense. The figure of Lockwood's granddaughter, on the other hand, seems to be spasmodically squeezed into the story. Especially when their "secret" is revealed, which in turn leads to the events that lay the foundation stone for the next part, quite a few spectators will clap their foreheads in annoyance. What that girl just said isn't serious now, is it?
Now well, seemingly no one in Hollywood really reads scripts anymore. Further points of criticism would be the fact that Ian Malcolm's (Jeff Goldblum's) return, which was so much sought-after, doesn't take much longer than in the trailer (which unfortunately also applies to my absolute favourite scene from the trailer) and that the music misses every recognizable theme and thus sounds absolutely interchangeable. The classic Jurrasic Park Theme by John Williams can only be heard in the credits and awakens musical memories of better times. That's too bad. When the theme first appeared in the cinema in 1993, I was so enthusiastic about the music and the film that my apartment decorated posters, film books or even a roaring raptor figure. Yeah, I've always been a nerd! As an outed fan of the franchise I can say that despite the sometimes quite annoying criticism of "Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom" I really had a lot of fun and that some scenes are a real feast for the eyes of dinosaur fans. Dramaturgically a bit better than the predecessor, but unfortunately there are some clear weaknesses in this area as well. Nevertheless, the following applies for fans: Very close to being the second best part of the series and therefore also "absolutely worth seeing"!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp