A vast improvement over both films to be sure. Jurassic World was excellent but suffered from reboot syndrome and thinly written characters. The contrast between Claire and Owen across the two films adds some much needed depth to their characters and rewards intelligent viewers by giving them something to observe and think about as the otherwise shallow proceedings fly by.
This film also brings the ideas posed by the series directly to the fore, offering a much richer experience.
The pacing is very good as the events of both films go by up until the volcano erupts. Other reviews have said they think flashbacks should have ended here and I see why. The flashbacks are used fairly well thereafter but the 2nd film takes precedence leaving the remaining scenes of Jurassic World spread so thin as to loose all impact. I found the constant cutting away from the climax of Jurassic World, and the fact that that story had no further bearing on the present day events caused these scenes to flounder and the pacing in the final act suffered deeply for it.
Other than that, a worthy edit, showing excellent technical prowess and turning The Fallen Kingdom into a much better film.
Having not seen any of Job Willin's edits before this one piqued my curiosity. Both of the two new JP incarnations have a multitude of issues and this edit does a great job of jettisoning a lot of the chaff. The flashback structure works very well and the switches between now and 3 years previous are handled very well both visually and narratively for the most part. My only gripe would be that I felt all the flashback should have ended after the Island is destroyed around halfway through the edit. It did feel after that point a bit like I was watching two films at the same time and became a little less coherent narratively for me personally. I'm pretty sure those more familiar with the films may not have that issue though An excellent idea for an edit executed brilliantly for the most part that I'm sure fans of the franchise will enjoy greatly. Great job!
This was an exciting edit due that these two films had typical “sequel” issues-over bloated, actors who seemed to be coasting etc. This edit really cuts out the bad and leaves the good. I saw and heard no flaws whatsoever and loved the ending. My only issue was that there were too many flashbacks that affected my enjoyment of the narrative. Your mileage might differ.
Aside from my negatives I feel that this is worth your time to watch this. There is so much talent in this edit and this editor has real vision. It was a great and entertaining way to spend an afternoon.