Jurassic World was a great, entertaining film, but as an original piece of film-making it wasn’t the most inventive. Jurassic World acted as a nice, nostalgic trip back to Jurassic Park. Countless nods were made throughout to the original film, including the famous gates and other areas of Jurassic Park that have since been abandoned. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World feels like a quality throwback to when summer blockbusters weren’t dominated by men (or women) in spandex fighting crazy CGI super-villains. Much like Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens however, Jurassic World at times felt too safe in its intent to recover old ground that longtime fans would be all too familiar with.
Jurassic World took what Jurassic Park did and turned it up to eleven. The park had taken off, but after some years of great success, numbers were on the decline, forcing the park owners to develop new, more exciting dinosaurs and attractions to bring people back in. Of course, this went wrong, but unlike Jurassic Park, there were more than just a few people present when it did. While business was slowing, Jurassic World was still thriving with activity and visitors. There was more at stake in Jurassic World than Park, but it was handled in a similar, albeit less body horror focused way. I’m worried that Jurassic World 2 will follow the same route – it’s only just announced subtitle, Fallen Kingdom, not doing much to alleviate these fears.
While I enjoyed Jurassic World, it largely feels like a retread of the original and everything confirmed so far about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sounds like it will largely act out as a retread of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The new subtitle, Fallen Kingdom, to me, sounds like we could be seeing dinosaurs terrorising the streets of some poor country (probably the USA), much like in The Lost World. Fallen Kingdom could also point to some kind of nod to the dangers of bringing dinosaurs back, as they are the fallen Kingdom. It’s more likely that Fallen Kingdom is just pointing to destruction in some way, presumably from big bad dinos. All we know of the plot is that it will act as some kind of parable about the treatment of animals. Hmm. Sounds familiar. Fallen Kingdom will even star Jeff Goldblum, reprising his role of Dr. Ian Malcolm.
To drill in the nostalgia even more, the tagline is a classic Goldblum line from the original film: Life Finds a Way. I appreciate that Jurassic World is a kind of quasi-reboot-sequel of the Jurassic Park franchise, but I wished it did a little more to differentiate from the form set out twenty years ago. I’m totally aware that I will likely be made to look an utter moron when the film releases next year, by the way. For those who follow this site, you may be aware that I am eagerly anticipating Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom after the visual masterpiece that was A Monster Calls. J.A. Bayona’s clearly got a knack for telling emotionally gripping stories backed up by lush, inventive visuals. If Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is half as visually interesting as A Monster Calls, then audiences will be in for a treat come June 2018.
I’d love to see J.A. Bayona bring something new to the prehistoric franchise. I’d like to see him take a bold approach to the film’s visuals and storytelling. He’s proven that he can deliver quality and it would be great to see at least some of what he did with A Monster Calls make its way into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Blockbusters typically share a similar style when it comes to visuals. They look great, but clean. It would be great to see the horror of vicious dinosaurs handled with equally terrifying visual cues. Bayona showed that he can deliver visuals that help to promote the emotions that different situations can bring about. It would be great to see this in what could otherwise prove to be a generic summer blockbuster sequel.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom should offer more than a nostalgic nod at The Lost World: Jurassic Park and I’m hopeful that J.A. Bayona’s visionary style can help this happen. I’d like to see it attempt more than Jurassic World did, even if that is only in the visual side. Fallen Kingdom has the capability to be something great and original, despite all that has been announced so far leading me to believe that it will be for The Lost World: Jurassic Park what Jurassic World was for the 1993 original. To be honest, even if it is overly similar in scope to Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom should be an entertaining film that will bring audiences in their droves. I’d just personally like it to try to be smarter and more inventive than its predecessor and feel like it’s in the right hands to let this happen.