Title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Isabella Sermon, Daniella Pineda
There are two things that ultimately keep Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, from becoming something greater. First and foremost, the movie feels like a placeholder for the third entry. Secondly, and tied into the first, is its story. The story here, doesn't always quite work. It may not help matters much, when the film feels like two different movies crammed into one. It's a weird situation to be in, as both halves of the movie work really well. However, the mechanics of each half are what ultimately don't always run smooth. The gears aren't quite greased all the way. However, Fallen Kingdom is able to keep on chugging along thanks to director J.A. Bayona and his leads. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, are really solid here. Young Isabella Sermon, also adds some nice work to help sell all of this. The other lead characters here, are the dinosaurs. My word, some of the dino work here is impressive. You really feel for these things, and you have to in order for the story to work. Shout out to Blue, who is once again a standout. While I had some problems with the movie, my inner geek was so entertained I really didn't mind them much. I had a blast with a lot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The second half of the movie, is so well done (just ignore some of the corporate smorgasbord). There are sequences here, that had me cheering. And I legitimately want to see how this all wraps up. The score by Michael Giacchino, is also fantastic here. In the end, despite some problems, I had a lot of fun with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In fact, I may just love it.
MOVIE REPORT CARD: HEREDITARY
Director: Ari Aster
Starring: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro
I am abstaining from reviewing this movie. Some people will like it, a lot will hate it. It's a thing that was made.