Okay, brutal honesty: I really did not enjoy this edit. I think I could recommend it for people who have already seen both films and really like Fallen Kingdom. For everyone else, I have to think it's a hard pass.
I'll keep this to the point, because JobWillins clearly spent a ton of effort on the project. And the effort pays off. Technically, this is a flawless edit. It is really impressive how seamlessly scenes from the two films are woven together, audio and video, with a lot of thought put into showing how the second film's structure parallels the first, and even attempting to add more resonance to the end of the 2nd film with some artful flashbacks and voiceover. It's a good effort.
That said, it largely did nothing for me. I admit I'm a hard sell in the first place. I don't think Jurassic World is a very good movie. It's Sharknado, but thinks it's being a Spielberg film...sorry, guy. Would be a lot better if they just leaned in to how ridiculous it is. But the sequel is just a really, really, REALLY BAD movie. I can't stress this enough: Fallen Kingdom makes Transformers look like Shakespeare. And this film is heavy on Fallen Kingdom. Worse yet, this structure just makes it even more obvious how stupid and unoriginal of a film it is, as you see two nearly identical scenes play out on top of each other over and over again throughout the fanedit. It's got to be the worst way to watch either movie.
In addition, although the editing is technically impressive, it just makes it frustrating to watch. Because the two films have such similar scenes, repeatedly you're in the middle of some scene and suddenly realize Bryce Dallas Howard has a different hairstyle. "OH! I guess we're in the other movie now!" The structure also means that there's just zero stakes, zero emotional resonance. You already know how the first film plays out, so there's nothing to lose, and I don't even think it's a good thing for dinosaurs to be alive yet, so I don't care if the island is blowing up. The scenes in the sequel that depend on you having emotional attachment from the first film fall completely flat when they play out in tandem this way.
I applaud the editor for their skill and creativity. That this thing even remotely makes sense is amazing. I'd probably be game for just a pure 1h15m version of Jurassic World. But seeing it all cut together this way just didn't work for me at all. I'll look forward to JobWillins' next project though.
Do you recommend this edit?
1.0 enjoyment? Ouch.
Sorry to put you through such an ordeal.
The quality and the editing is flawless! seamless cuts with great action and pace. Without any filler two movies become one that works really well.
This is my go to edit if i feel like watching them again. That said, I think it is not for someone watching the Jurassic World movies for the first time. Because it is a bit confusing in the third act when the tempo increases and the flashbacks(from the first film) are very dominant.
This is a great edit. I love how JobWillins has used the first Jurassic World as flash backs for Fallen Kingdom. The way the edit is put together makes sense with the flashbacks and its not confusing or distracting at all. I really enjoyed this edit and would I highly recommend it if your a fan of the Jurassic Park \ World movies.
I think you must have seen both films before watching this edit. It is well done, especially the beginning and ending, the only problem I have found is that sometimes it's not easy to understand when a flashback has started.
This problem would be completely nonexistent for those who have already seen both movies but I had only seen the first one, hence at times I got confused (although I quickly got back on track). The events were realigned in a very interesting way.
Some scenes are laughably bad and cliche, which made me completely disconnect, but that's the film's fault not the edit's.
I have found the ending to be particularly interesting and well done with a juxtaposition of the events between the second and the first film.
All in all it's a good way to enjoy Jurassic park without feeling bloated, especially for those who enjoyed the first series of films.
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.