Went to see “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” last night and while I nodded at the recycled content, and sometimes cringed at the terrible dialogue and absolutely hated the two minor side-kicks (the doctor and the programmer) for being to obnoxious, I loved a few bits about the movie that I shall talk about.
First though, let me tell you the bad bits about the movie.
- Over-doing it or re-doing it… Screaming dinosaurs with an epic background. I counted three shots, including the one with Blue on the triceratops skull. Plus the plot was kinda the same: humans invent dinosaur they can’t control, dinosaur goes loose, people die, hero saves day and kills big bad dinosaur.
- Bad script.. I’m not blaming the actors, I’m looking at the script writers who wanted really, really badly to introduce a few cliche lines for people to remember – but that fell flat on my ears. Plus the jokes were trying sooo bad to be funny. And I’m an expert in terrible jokes as I dish out at least three a day! Here are the worst:
- “Come on beefcake!” (addressing to Chris Pratt)
- “They’re like me” (when the dinosaurs were released by the girl)
- “Franklin: Am I dead?
Owen Grady: Not yet, kid!”
- A rescue op to save the dinosaurs on an island that’s about to explode. What could go wrong?
- Bad acting… When the movie was just starting and they arrived to the Isla Nubar, they were all seated in the transport vehicle and the software geek was busily spraying anti-mosquito protection. Like really? You’re on an island where you have big mythical creatures that can kill you and you worry about mosquitoes. And the way the doctor chick jumped out of a military vehicle, without checking, to see a dinosaur for the first time. It was a thoughtless move and it could have gotten her killed if it wasn’t a herbivore… Also the chair escape from the control room made me wish the raptor had killed the software dude so I wouldn’t have to bear his terrible-ness anymore… One more thing that pissed me off – one moment they were all running from the lava. Then they were casually watching through binoculars what was going on with the dinosaur loading… no sense of urgency, no sense of imminent danger. Kudos though to the young girl, she was really good.
Now for the good bits
- The scenery was breathtaking. The aerial shots of the island, dinosaur framing, volcano explosions, even the villa in the forest.
- The dinosaurs were amazing. That’s the main reason I gave the movie a score of 8/10 on IMDB. The texture of the skin, the innovative colouring, the slick reptilian look, the animatronic motions. Very well executed and the close-ups were breathtaking.
- Chris Pratt was his usual “beefy” self. I think he lost the baby fat he had in “Avengers: Infinity War” and looked especially handsome
- Claire Dearing had sensible shoes this time around. Proper boots. I want a pair! And the scenes were action packed and the chemistry was there!
- Last but not least, this movie was a great social commentary. The first “Jurassic World” was about consumerism and B2C model. Many customers, expensive tickets, thrill rides of a unique type. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” was about greed again, but this time about B2B model – where dinosaurs were looked from one side as free animals and deserving of rights, from another side as possible test subjects, weapons, curios to have in your own zoo, DNA code to be sold and had.
What happens when human beings play God, and bring dinosaurs back to life? How far can we push this power to manipulate genetic destiny? And do human beings have an ethical duty to preserve and protect a species that, by all the laws of nature, shouldn’t even exist?
Fallen Kingdom doesn’t just flirt with these questions, as its predecessors did. It places them squarely in the foreground, however uncomfortable this may become for the film’s characters or audiences. Throughout its far stronger first half, the film continually asks us to ponder issues of complicity and responsibility in a complex world. It pushes the original idea behind Jurassic Park – a new-found ability to literally resurrect the past – to its logical conclusion, and asks again and again what happens when the things humans create take on lives of their own.
Last thing I loved was the “horror” movie type setting! A monster in a house, stalking the corridors, climbing on the roof, sneaking at night through the window on a stormy night. I loved the concept plus seeing a dinosaur run down a hallway and up stairs. This domestic setting combined with the unrealness of a live dino made my day.
I saw an interview somewhere talking about the new breed of Indoraptor. (Indoraptor means, “Indomitable thief”)
The Indoraptor bears an eerie but powerful similitude appearance of the Indominus rex, but is about three-fourths the size, sports toe claws that are similar to a Velociraptor, and is primarily a dark black color, with an golden-yellow streak from the base of the neck to his tail, which bears strong resemblance to Blue’s metallic blue streak. The shape of its head bears a resemblance to a Tyrannosaurus rex’s, and it has a sprinkled red mark around the eye orbit.
The Indoraptor both perfectly represents the idea of man can’t control nature despite the creature being entirely man-made. The last movie had Hoskins want trained raptors to act like attack dogs, a concept that isn’t impossible in itself. Wolves once regarded men as rival predators at best and prey at worst, and yet dogs instinctively see humans as companions and friends. The problem was Hoskin took a shortcut and pushed things way too fast, sending out a pack of raptors who were just barely tame around their two main keepers, and only them, and paid for it. Now Dr. Wu is trying to make an improved version of the Indominus rex using Owen’s research on raptor training. But because he rushes and thinks he has control, he ends up creating something arguably even more chaotic and rabid than an untrained raptor. Domestication takes genetic changes, promoting only the “loyal bloodlines” as Hoskin puts it, but Wu thought he could accelerate the process and overestimate his ability.