Jurassic Park and the movies that followed owe their success to the idea of a theme park about dinosaurs. A great idea brought to life with care, now morphed into something more generic. When Jurassic Park came back in 2015, it did what so many movies now do. It acted as a vampire feeding off of nostalgia and became one of the most successful movies of all time. With the park destroyed and forgotten, how does the franchise try to go on? The answer is to put dinosaurs in different genre movies and forget about the childlike wonder and soring music. All is lost in exchange for a darker tone with loose story ends that physically made me uncomfortable.
The beginning of the movie is the weakest. It tries to introduce new characters quickly, the problem being that they don't fit in the movie. Not yet anyway. Just like the first movie, the main cast consists of paper-thin characters where nothing resembling an arc happens to them. If anything, one of the new characters randomly becomes a different person during the third act. At the start of the movie, they are painted as this unsociable nerd who is supposed to deliver the comedy relief. This never works out and I never laughed with or at the character.
But maybe you don't watch these new movies for characters that act like humans. You're here for the dinosaurs and cool set pieces for you to enjoy. This movie really doesn't have anything like that. The movie attempts to have a more intellectual angle than pure spectacle. This means everything is shrunken down to have a more intimate feeling. So if the movie doesn't have those big moments, does the more personal atmosphere work? No. From the bad music accompaniment at the beginning of the movie to the poor man's Robert De Niro, this movie is just bad.
What about the third act of the movie? If the majority of the movie is bad, does the ending at least rally? A little bit. You finally get that dino on dino action. It is considerably smaller in scale than the previous movie and less fun to watch. The movie tries to justify some of its more puzzling aspects in this part of the movie, but there is way more happening. With more things going on, this part of the movie is much more fun to watch.
I can't suggest watching this movie. There is so much about it that irks me. From not diving into actual consequences of character's actions to the minor horror elements to the movie. If you wanted to make a horror version of Jurassic Park, then maybe make it more thrilling and don't carry over the stupid character actions that happen in those kinds of movies. The first Jurassic World did well but had a small backlash. This movie will not enjoy that movie's financial success and is being thrown under the bus already for not being good.
3/10 Baby Blue was the best part
-Addition- I always read reviews AFTER I finish writing my own and wow. I want to address a few comments I have seen. How can people enjoy the plot for this movie. The last one was about making a new dinosaur, this one is literally about the same thing. How can you be happy about that? Someone said that the "twist"/reveal in the movie was really cool. NO IT WASN'T. The movie literally did nothing with what it did, it was a useless plot point. Some people were actually scared by the movie which baffles me.