The Buzz: 2015's Jurassic World was a monstrous box office success which effectively reinvigorated the stagnating Jurassic Park gravy train, and to its credit, it seems that the upcoming fifth movie is at least moving away from the tired "dinos hunt humans on an island" narrative.
If hints from producer Frank Marshall are to be believed, Fallen Kingdom will follow the human rescue effort to evacuate the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar after a dormant volcano on the island prepares to go supernova.
It's a neat idea for sure, and director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) is nothing if not a safe pair of hands when it comes to effects-heavy action. Plus, new cast members include James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and a returning Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
Why It'll Disappoint: There are definitely a few question marks here which suggest Fallen Kingdom might be another also-ran Jurassic Park sequel rather than a genuinely suspenseful and exciting outing.
For starters, the title sounds as generic as they come, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's returning protagonists aren't at all interesting (and their romance is eye-rollingly forced), and the rumoured animal rights narrative could end up being offputtingly on-the-nose (especially with Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly returning to write the script).
And as amusing as the idea of Goldblum appearing is, it's just going to end up being a wildly unnecessary, nostalgia-fueled role, isn't it? Him re-appearing in The Lost Word stretched credibility enough, but a third time? Hmmm.
Expect a competent yet mindless and underwhelming blockbuster and be pleasantly surprised if it's somehow anything more.
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