Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review & Parental Guidance

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the follow-up to 2015’s Jurassic World. It includes the long awaited return of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm to the Jurassic Park franchise. My family saw the movie this afternoon and are sharing our Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review. We also have Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom parental guidance recommendations.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom returns to Isla Nublar 3 years after the events of Jurassic World. In this movie, a once dormant volcano has become active and is threatening the dinosaurs remaining on the island.


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As Jurassic World had many parallels to Jurassic Park, Fallen Kingdom had a number of parallels to Lost World. Fallen Kingdom also perfectly sets up the franchise for another movie.

This time around Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) has more appropriate clothing for running from the dinosaurs on the island. She has hiking boots and pants instead of high heels and a skirt.

We missed Claire’s nephews from Jurassic World. Like Hammond’s grandchildren in Jurassic Park, they provided a connecting storyline. This movie’s child is Maisie Lockwood (newcomer Isabella Sermon). 

The cast also gains diversity in the addition of Daniella Pineda as paleoveterinarian Zia Rodriguez and Justice Smith as tech geek Franklin Webb who is out of his element on the island. 

My major disappointment is that Dr Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) only makes brief appearances at the beginning and the end and never interacts with the dinosaurs or the main characters. BD Wong also returns as Dr Wu and is still making new dinosaurs. Also making a return are the compies (Compsognathus) which were previously seen in Lost World and Jurassic Park III

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer

In the meantime, here is the trailer to get you ready for the movie:


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About Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

From Universal Pictures: 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review and Parental Guidance - Teaser PosterIt’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.  Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.  Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.  Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly.  Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment.  Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.  www.jurassicworld.com

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Parental Guidance

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has a PG-13 rating mostly due to violence. The language and sexual content is mild for a PG-13 movie.

We re-watched Jurassic World last night. It surprised me how bloody the movie was. Although the death toll was high in Fallen Kingdom, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was less bloody than Jurassic World. However, the movie still has a lot of suspense. My daughter’s friend saw it first and said it was very intense even though he had seen Jurassic World.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is similar to the previous movies in the series, but maybe a bit more intense scenes. I would not take a child to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in the theater unless they have seen the previous movies. Seeing a movie on the big screen is more intense than seeing it on a smaller screen in the comfort of their own home. To decrease the intensity, I recommend seeing a standard 2D screening instead of seeing it in 3D and/or IMAX.

We recommend Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for older tweens and teens. It is not a good movie for children (or adults) who don’t like suspenseful scenes.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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