– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still a couple weeks away from hitting theaters, but that hasn’t stopped some lucky sites from getting the chance to see the dino-filled sequel and posting their full reviews.

This is an interesting film because it follows 2015’s Jurassic World, a movie that raked in $1.6 billion worldwide, breaking all sorts of records at the time. However, it wasn’t long before backlash started to hit. While it was a fun ride, it was hard to ignore the fact that there wasn’t a whole lot of substance in it. This has raised the stakes for this upcoming sequel, as many viewers are going into this ready to make it pay for the mistakes of its predecessors.

So how are these initial reviews looking? So far, not bad. As of this writing, it’s at a solid 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 18 total reviews being counted. On the whole, it seems many think this a superior film to its predecessor, but it doesn’t add a whole lot in terms of character development.

Here are snippets from various reviews around the web!

THR – John DeFore

“Here, working from a script by the last pic’s Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, Bayona not only nods to the history of classic monster movies and the legacy of original Jurassic helmer Steven Spielberg, he brings his own experience to bear, treating monsters like actual characters and trapping us in a vast mansion that’s as full of secrets as the site of his breakthrough 2007 film, The Orphanage. Audiences put off by some dumb characterizations in the last film have much less to complain about here, while those requiring only some spectacular predators and exciting chase scenes should greet this outing as warmly as its predecessor.”

EW – Chris Nashawaty

“[With the first Jurassic World], it was possible to have a good time by suspending your disbelief. Well, not just possible, but preferable.

The same holds true for the preposterous-but-effective Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The less you try to dissect it, the more you’ll enjoy it.”

Variety – Owen Gleiberman

“The film takes a long time to build up to its climactic battle with an Indoraptor, and it’s effectively done, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before — and when it arrives, you realize that this is what these films will always, at heart, be about: not “social responsibility” but monsters who want to eat us. The first Jurassic World was, quite simply, not a good ride. Fallen Kingdom is an improvement, but it’s the first Jurassic film to come close to pretending that it isn’t a ride at all, and as a result it ends up being just a so-so ride.”

Den of Geek – David Crowe

“Whereas Jurassic World coasted by as a breezy summer entertainment by offering the one thing moviegoers all secretly wanted—the chance to go to a fully functioning Jurassic ParkFallen Kingdom is forced to grasp at the evermore ludicrous rationalizations of a billion-dollar franchise wringing money out of an intellectual property that probably should have only ever been a one-off.”

IndieWire – Eric Kohn

“In the wake of the box-office lunacy that drove Jurassic World to become the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, Fallen Kingdom is a frustrating display of overconfidence. It’s occasionally elevated by director J.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 sag into 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.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.