Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gets the Honest Trailers treatment. After the record-breaking Jurassic World brought the franchise back in a big way back in 2015, Universal quickly confirmed plans for a full trilogy in the revived series. This past summer, the story continued with Fallen Kingdom, which was decidedly a mixed bag. Though the sequel managed to join the $1 billion club during its theatrical run, reviews were mostly negative, with critics finding very little enjoyment to be had and genuine thrills few and far between.
Despite the mixed reception, Universal is still moving forward on Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World 3, which is already scheduled for a 2021 release. It'll be interesting to see how the grand finale performs, especially since some people didn't mince words when it came to criticizing Fallen Kingdom. With the film now available on home media, the folks at Honest Trailers are here to go through some of the major issues viewers had.
Today, Screen Junkies released the latest episode of their popular web series, which takes aim at Fallen Kingdom and its various shortcomings. You can watch it for yourself in the space below:
After the original Jurassic Park proved that bringing dinosaurs back to life was most definitely a bad idea, the storylines of the sequels have puzzled audiences. Many find the characters' actions to be dumb, which is true in Fallen Kingdom. The parody takes aim at some of the movie's most egregious logical gaps, such as the revelation the theme park was built on an active volcano, the whole concept of the Indoraptor hybrid, and the fact a paleo-veterinarian never thought she'd see a dinosaur in real life. Those aspects were enough to frustrate viewers, but a close examination of the plot illustrates how Fallen Kingdom is basically a retread of The Lost World, just switching out the characters and locations, of course. Overall, the sequel is bad enough in some eyes to spoil the property, as it ruins the awe-inspiring spectacle of the first movie.
Hopefully, the third film can find a way to recapture the magic, with Trevorrow promising a return to the brand's science thriller roots. On the other hand, Trevorrow has been the common denominator throughout the Jurassic World series so far, and not many are inspired by what they've seen. There was even a fan petition to have Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona replace Trevorrow at the helm, which doesn't bode well for Jurassic World 3's prospects. However, there's always a chance it could surprise and conclude the trilogy on a high note.
Source: Screen Junkies