Jurassic Journeys: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Well, today we finish our Jurassic Journeys blog series with a breakdown of the best dinosaur moments from the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It was directed by horror director J.A. Bayona and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. The film picks up three years after the events of Jurassic World with the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar facing extinction from an active volcano. The film saw the return of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, and franchise favorite Jeff Goldblum. Other new cast members include Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, and Isabella Sermon. The film opened at $148 million in its opening weekend domestically, and it has already made $797.6 million overall.
So, what dinosaur moments stand out from this latest installment?
**WARNING: SPOILERS FROM THE MOVIE ARE INCLUDED IN THIS POST**
1) Sad Farewell
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the entire movie is the departure from Isla Nublar as lava and smoke envelop the island. I think a lot of the sequences on the island were interesting to watch, but the moment with the brachiosaurus as their boat departs pulls at the heartstrings. The shot itself is beautifully heartbreaking as Michael Giacchino’s score swells and the brachiosaurus’ calls become tinged with desperation and sadness. In addition to the shot itself, the emotions displayed by the actors, and especially Bryce Dallas Howard, truly sells this moment.
Also, there is just something emotional about the fact that the first dinosaur we ever meet in Jurassic Park is the final dinosaur we see on the island before it is destroyed.
2) Blood Transfusion
So, the fact that Blue even needs a blood transfusion and needs blood from a certain type of related dinosaur is already a fun situation to add to the movie. However, this was probably one of my favorite sequences from Howard and Pratt. This scene really gives Pratt a chance to exercise his comedic chops, which he does through his dialogue and his body language. Also, Claire is such a better character in this movie, and Howard’s performance here is quite funny. Claire has come a long way from not caring about dinosaurs to being willing to climb onto the back of a Tyrannosaurus rex in order to save one.
Also, no matter what you think about the movie, Pratt’s escape from the container is cool.
One of the relationships I bought most in the first Jurassic World was the bond between Owen Grady and Blue. This movie expounds upon that and visibly shows how Blue was different from her siblings from an early age. The filmmakers show this through a variety of videos from Owen’s research, which I found to be a nice touch. It adds more of a reason as to why Owen is still emotionally invested in what happens on Isla Nublar. Also, the videos of a baby Blue was a nice callback to the original Jurassic Park, which was the first time we were ever shown a baby velociraptor.
4) Indoraptor Chase
I was not necessarily a fan of the huge mansion where a majority of the film took place, but I will say that the Indoraptor is an incredibly terrifying creature. From the time he encounters Owen, Claire, and Maisie to his eventual end, I thought these sequences were executed well. There were callbacks to the original Jurassic Park in Maisie struggling to close the door, and the Indoraptor eventually breaking into her room is a terrifying and potentially iconic moment. There might have been some weak motivations on the side of the villains, but the dinosaur they created definitely strikes fear in the crowd and leads to some exciting chase sequences.
So, what moments stand out from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for you?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as we begin a new blog series.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.