Don’t Believe the Haters: 7 Spoiler-Free Reasons Why “Fallen Kingdom” is the Best Jurassic Sequel
When you think about it, this isn’t exactly impressive. For 25 years Universal has failed time and time again to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle magic of Steven Spielberg’s original film based on Michael Crichton’s science-fiction horror masterpiece. And while Fallen Kingdom still doesn’t dethrone the first entry in the series (would that even be possible?), it is far and away the best attempt yet.
Here are 7 Spoiler-Free Ways that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Recreates What the Original Jurassic Park Did Right
#1) It’s About Dinosaurs, Not Monsters
While Jurassic Park is still probably the scariest entry in the series, some of its most iconic moments feature not an ounce of danger for the protagonists. Dr. Grant teaching children how to feed a brachiosaur or Dr. Sadler treating a sick triceratops really helped you feel empathy for these creatures and view them as animals outside of their natural habitat. Fallen Kingdom features several great, heart-wrenching moments where you will once again wish Jurassic Park was real so you could see these beautiful, wondrous creatures up-close. Plus, it has more critters than any previous entry, so that’s a plus.
#2) It Has the Best Visual Effects of any Entry Thus Far
“Do you remember the first time you ever saw a dinosaur?” Bryce Dallas Howard asks in this movie’s trailer, inviting the adult audience to think back to the summer of 1993, when you first heard that iconic John Williams theme as a dinosaur stomped into frame. The groundbreaking combination of animatronics and computer-rendered visuals cemented in our collective subconscious precisely what dinosaurs looked like in real-life (even if they should actually be more feathered). Fallen Kingdom wisely brings back this tradition, using a combination of detailed puppets and CG to make a film that didn’t feature so much as a single shot that pulled me out of the action. And there are some WILD set pieces to animate, so major kudos to Industrial Light and Magic.