Life, as Jeff Goldblum’s scientist Ian Malcolm pointed out in 1993’s Jurassic Park, finds a way. So, it turns out, vị filmmakers, which explains why dinosaurs continue to lớn terrify & amaze moviegoers in equal measure a quarter century later, with J.A. Bayona’s new installment in the series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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For those underwhelmed by the last movie in the series, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World (2015), there’s good news: According to lớn The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore, things are far better this time around. “Audiences put off by some dumb characterizations in the last film have sầu much less to lớn complain about here, while those requiring only some spectacular predators và exciting chase scenes should greet this outing as warmly as its predecessor,” he writes, going on lớn praise the new movie’s visuals và pacing. “Kingdom’s closing scenes seem intent on something far bigger, like aPlanet of the Apes-style saga that has barely begun. You don’t remake reality in a film’s final frames without intending to lớn milk things for as long as the public will keep buying tickets. If future installments are this rich và exciting, that’s probably going to lớn be a while.”

Certainly, others agreed. Writing for CinemaBlend, Mike Reyes raves that Fallen Kingdomis “a high-class summer blockbuster, with some unexpected emotions, a heap of the action that one would expect from such a film, and a dash of surprisingly dark moments that folks have been waiting for since Michael Crichton’s book first hit shelves. This movie needs to be enjoyed in a setting that is as big and as loud as you can get it, simply because it deserves to lớn loom larger-than-life over its audience.”

Similarly, Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair is unexpectedly happy with what he saw. “Bayomãng cầu revisits some aesthetics và moods from his lauded 2007 horror filmThe Orphanageby turningFallen Kingdominlớn something of a spooky mansion movie, rainy & atmospheric và full of creeping shadows,” he notes of the movie’s second half. “It’s an unexpected reduction in scale và commitment lớn specifiđô thị, not what we often see in follows-up khổng lồ smash hits. But these are proportions that Bayona knows how lớn work in, and from them he crafts something clever & goofy và jumpy. Of course he’s mandated lớn enlarge the purview of the film — or, really, of the franchise — by the end, but for a while there he gets to lớn play around on his own terms. It’s a surprising delight.”

Not everyone was on board, however; Screen International’s David D’Arcy was far less impressed, writing, “Spain’s J. A. Bayomãng cầu is essentially stirring the sameJurassicpot here, with little that’s inspiring from his cast, unless you count the dinosaurs. His cinematographer Oscar Faura brings an aesthetic dose in stylish close-ups và brisk storytelling to this horror/adventure tale andFallen Kingdomshould travel on its own momentum to the impressive sầu numbers achieved in the past. With eco-responsibility foregrounded as a theme, the film gets a ultra-thin patimãng cầu of respectability that could bring in some of the high-minded. But it’s still mostly like a roller coaster that you’ve sầu ridden many times.”

The frustration is shared by Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice. “There are missed opportunities all overFallen Kingdom,” he writes. “At one point, I began to get excited that this might prove sầu khổng lồ be an angrier film than its predecessor, more pointed: There’s a whole bit with arms dealers and slimy financiers at the over that seems lớn be aiming at something — there are even some vague platitudes expressed about man’s hunger for destruction & weaponry and our inability lớn handle the power we’ve harnessed — but it all just hangs there lượt thích so much else in this movie, undeveloped concepts that could one day be turned into lớn a genuinely exciting, surprising film.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomis, sadly, not it.”

And, for some, Fallen Kingdom is simply a sign that the Jurassic World series has, like the dinosaurs it features, lived past its sell-by date.

“In the wake of the box-office lunacy that drove sầu Jurassic World to lớn become the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, Fallen Kingdom is a frustrating display of overconfidence,” writes IndieWire’s Eric Kohn. “It’s occasionally elevated by directorJ.A. Bayona’s penchant for taut human-versus-dino showdowns, but fleeting moments of inspired filmmaking can’t overshadow the broader tendency of this material to lớn sag into lớn stupidity. Campy dialogue and ludicrous plot twists abound: The fate of these resurrected creatures remains uncertain, but the formula for their movies will never go extinct.”

Indeed, for at least one critic, Fallen Kingdom managed to be the worst of all Jurassic movies to lớn date. Take it away, writes Pajiba’s Kristy Puchko: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomgives us no heroes worth rooting for. No action sequences that will stichồng with us the way Spielberg’s did. What it offers are lazy re-creations, lazier screenwriting, & sneering disrespect for our love sầu of the original. I did not think I could hate aJurassic Parkmovie more than I hated the last. But here we are. Trevorrow found a way.”

Of course, Jurassic World was met with equally mixed review when it was released, and went on to lớn massively overperform at the box office. Can the same Dinosaur Act work twice? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22 in North America.