Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – There’s always a bigger dinosaur
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
There’s Always a Bigger Dinosaur
Sometimes a movie gets so close to greatness you can taste it as strongly as the goopy spit dripping from the mouth of the dinosaur whose face is hovering directly above yours as you lie prone and helpless on the jungle floor. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a hell of a ride, an exciting, terrifying, and funny follow-up that will have you at full attention until it ultimately sags in its third act, drooping under the weight of promises it makes, but fails to follow through on. That’s what third movies are for, apparently.
Fallen Kingdom‘s basic plot has been somewhat unclear in some trailers, so I won’t spoil it. But the setup is that, following the new park’s destruction in the first Jurassic World, the now dinosaur-filled island has grown volcanically active. All the dinosaurs there are going to die in the impending eruption, effectively triggering a new extinction event, unless someone intervenes. Bryce Dallas Howard’s returning character Claire Dearing now works as an activist looking for any way to save the dinosaurs. And she’s wearing highly sensible shoes this time, as the movie deliberately conveys.GET ALL UPDATES AND NEWS HERE
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There’s a note of satire in the early scenes, as Claire talks to members of Congress on the phone and Jeff Goldblum (in his one meager appearance in this movie) gives a grandiose speech about life finding a way without technically uttering those exact words. A news ticker underneath makes a vague joke about the president being an idiot. But the movie’s social commentary lacks any real bite–unlike its CG stars–which serves to tangibly blunt its impact later on.
As Claire gets roped into a dubious rescue scheme, she of course can’t do it without on-again/off-again beau, the unstoppable “beefcake” (to borrow the movie’s own term) Chris Pratt as Owen Grady. Pratt continues to be utterly, inoffensively charming, while Grady is still a less funny version of Star-Lord. They’re both would-be white knights, too, although much like Gamora, Claire proves she’s plenty capable of fighting her own battles.
Anyway, all that story basically takes place in the first act, and from there, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom goes to some surprising places. Its biggest problem is that it simply doesn’t go far enough; there’s some fantastic setup in the first half for things that wind up going differently than you’ll hope, or events that they clearly wanted to save for Jurassic World 3. This movie’s climax almost goes in a fun new direction from what we’ve come to expect in this movies, but instead limply falls back on the familiar: a rain-drenched, pseudo-horror cat-and-mouse between a singularly dangerous dino and a handful of human characters. It’s well done, but we’ve seen it before, and Fallen Kingdom diverts its own great setup to get there.GET ALL UPDATES AND NEWS HERE
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops $700 Million Worldwide
The dinosaurs themselves have never looked better, from a briefly glimpsed underwater leviathan to Owen’s hyper-intelligent raptor pal, Blue. Fallen Kingdom frequently places its characters–and the camera–uncomfortably close to the CG beasts, and their every detail stands out wonderfully. The original Jurassic Park–which is 25 years old–holds up incredibly well today, but it’s amazing to see how far special effects have come.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” took another dino-sized bite out of the global box office.
Universal and Amblin Entertainment’s sequel opened in 17 additional international markets, picking up another $106.7 million. “Fallen Kingdom” — starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard — launched in North America this weekend with $150 million, bringing its three-day total to $256.7 million. The tentpole has already earned a massive $711.5 million worldwide, including $561.5 million internationally.
“Fallen Kingdom” bowed in Mexico with $12.3 million, Brazil with $9.2 million, and Australia with $7.9 million. The film also saw a strong holdover in China with another $32.4 million, bringing its total there to $202 million. “Fallen Kingdom” opens in Japan on July 13.
“Fallen Kingdom” is the fifth film in the “Jurassic” franchise. Its predecessor, 2015’s “Jurassic World” ended its box office run with a massive $1 billion internationally and $652 million domestically.
Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” also stayed strong overseas, earning $56.8 million in 28 markets. The superhero sequel brought in another $80 million in North America, taking its weekend haul to $137.7 million. Overall, the animated tentpole has a global tally of $485 million, already surpassing the entire run of its predecessor, 2004’s “The Incredibles.”GET ALL UPDATES AND NEWS HERE
“Incredibles 2” debuted in China with $21.2 million, making it Pixar’s biggest opening weekend in the territory. In India, the tentpole opened with $3.3 million. To date, top markets include Mexico ($23.5 million), China (21.2 million), Australia ($15 million), and Russia ($10.4 million). “Incredibles 2” opens next in France, the United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, and Spain.
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Meanwhile, “Ocean’s 8” got away with $26.9 million in 60 territories, bringing its overseas total to $70.6 million. With another $11.6 million in North America, the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow heist movie has a global tally of $171 million.
The female-fronted spinoff opened in Russia with $2.7 million on 2,200 screens, as well as in Germany with $1.8 million in 789 locations. It also debuted in Holland with $1.2 million from 143 screens, and the United Arab Emirates with $1.1 million in 80 locations. The Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett-starrer saw strong holdovers in Korea ($2.3 million), Australia ($1.2 million), and France ($1 million). The next key markets to open are Spain, Italy, and Japan.
News Source: vanityfair.com, variety.com