"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" Review

So, I just saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on its opening night.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love Jurassic World. Jurassic World was the first secular movie that I reviewed on my YouTube channel, back in GDRA's prime. Jurassic World is one of my favorite secular films of all time. It had great and memorable dinosaur fights as well as memorable characters and morals. However, it did also have flaws, such as the mention of evolution at best and the promotion of evolution at worst, which is what the Jurassic Park franchise is known for. Even with that though, I loved the movie so much that I went out of my way to see it 4 times at the movie theater. Naturally, when I heard there was finally going to be a Jurassic World sequel, I got really stoked. I waited eagerly for months to see it, and now it's finally here. So now that I have seen it, what did I think?

First, I'll go over what I liked about this film. What I liked about this film were the throwbacks to the original Jurassic Park trilogy. It had some cool throwbacks that old school fans of the franchise could appreciate such as the return of Jeff Goldblum, who plays an old Ian Malcolm. You also get references and mentions to old characters and events, like John Hammond from the original Jurassic Park. This film was a lot darker and slower than the first Jurassic World. This film parallels the sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The second film in the original Jurassic Park Trilogy.

Basically, it had everything I expected from a Jurassic Park film. Dark thrilling chases, dinosaurs eating people, and of course the dinosaur battles. And it was cool to see some species of dinosaurs that had never been seen in a Jurassic Park movie before. From a theological perspective. there were little to no mentions of evolution this time around. The theological questions in the movie were whether or not it's ethical to bring extinct creatures back to life and preserve them. And the question of whether or not God has a role in what happens to them. Which will certainly have a lot of people asking theological questions on the drive home.

Beyond all that however, the film didn't have much else to offer. And I did not think it was as good as the first Jurassic World. I just didn't think it had the same wit and heart that the first Jurassic World had. It didn't have anything that blew me away. It didn't take any new risks and surprises. It was just a popcorn thriller flick. As the target audience of this flick, I enjoyed it and I didn't find any scene to be boring. But I wouldn't suggest that kids watch it, as many of the scenes in this movie would be way too dark and intense for them, and the theological questions may have them scratching their heads. This film is not for everyone.

So, how would I rate this film? On the quality scale I'd give it a solid 3 out of 5. But as far as family friendliness goes, I would not say it's a family friendly film, as I think it would be too much for children. As far as being faith friendly goes, I'd say it's faith unsupportive, as usual with the Jurassic Park films. So I would not want kids to watch any of the Jurassic Park films until they are old enough to distinguish fiction from the Word of God.

Thanks for reading this review! God bless everyone!


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