Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom film review: A roaring good time

There is nothing like the piercing roar of a T-Rex to send audiences flocking to their local cinema.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been a box office smash despite early reviews saying the film lacked the lustre of its 2015 prequel.

The movie directed by J.A. Bayona felt more like a gothic horror than a dinosaur adventure at times but it still had plenty of action to keep fans of the franchise happy.

Fallen Kingdom picks up three years after the events of Jurassic World with people still reeling from the escape of the Indominus Rex at the tourist destination, Isla Nublar.

However, dinosaurs on the island face a new threat as a volatile volcano could erupt at any minute.

Former park operator Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) now leads an animal rights movement to save the dinosaurs from certain death.

She is invited by budding entrepreneur Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) to meet former Jurassic Park co-owner Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) and hear his plan to rescue the endangered dinosaurs and relocate them to a self-contained island paradise.

Of course raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is roped into the scheme because his favourite dinosaur, Blue, is proving difficult to catch.

Things quickly go south on the island with dinosaurs on the rampage, the volcano spewing lava and villains trying to take advantage of the island’s beasts.

But the worst is yet to come because the villainous Dr Wu (B. D. Wong) has developed a new dinosaur – a killing machine that is more intelligent and more efficient than the Indominus Rex.

Fallen Kingdom is much darker than its predecessor with more adult themes and plenty of political commentary.

Jurassic Park was beloved as a ‘family movie’ however this one may not be suitable for children younger than 15.

Visually the movie is stunning – however the writing isn’t all there in some scenes and the plot twist is a little predictable so don’t expect the movie to win any Oscars.

However if it’s a fun night out at the movies you are looking for, check out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom because it will not disappoint.

Rating: 6.5/10

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Films which may be more suited to the under 12s to enjoy during the school holidays include Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation.