In this #tedreviews we’ll be talking about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This of course is a sequel to Jurassic World which is in turn a sequel/reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise. I wanna start off by saying I did not like this movie. When I first came out of viewing this, I borderline hated the film but after giving it some time to think over, although I still dislike it, I can at least acknowledge some positives as well. I think #chrispratt is a lot more likable in this film than the previous but there’s still not a lot to his character besides the fact that it’s Chris Pratt. I also think that this film has better cinematography and overall direction than the previous film but it is severely anchored by a truly awful screenplay/story. There are a few shots that actually really stuck out to me as something I’d remember but sadly, they are all surrounded by shots that seem to just be ripping off previous films in the franchise. There’s also one scene that has some really cool practical effects involving a dinosaur that I wanted to shout out. Back to the screenplay/story, I honestly don’t know how people could have read this script and still allowed it to move forward in production. I think the problem is that there are a few genuinely interesting ideas being brought up, but they are all executed so poorly that it just left me somewhat confused and frustrated. It’s clear that the writers don’t know what they want to do with the dinosaurs and any other human villain/antagonist is so cartoonish to the point where there’s no real reason for the audience to care or fear them. I saw a lot of parallels in this film to two franchises in particular with regards to the dinosuars: the Alien and recent Planet of the Apes franchises. In both these franchises, there’s a clear direction and focus with the non human characters; you either completely fear them and root for the humans (Alien) or completely empathize/sympathize with them and root for them to win (Apes). With this film though, from scene to scene the film changes how it wants you to perceive the dinosaurs and by the end you don’t really know if you should care about what happens to them at all.