As a long time Jurassic Park fan,I was sorely disappointed by Fallen Kingdom at this theatrical release.While it did have some great moments(the cold open,the death of Nublar,Ian Malcolm and the ending too),it just lacked a cohesive structure in the firs place and felt rather cliched at parts.I feel that JobWillins's edit makes the best of both world's by using the rather mediocre Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom to make a compelling and great showcase of a fanedit.Like galadantien already mentioned in his review,the contrast of characters between Claire and Owen is made to seem like a genuine plot point(which both films brush off rather abruptly in favour of more CGI and action).Especially during the ending when Claire is left to decide the fate of the dinosaurs where the scene is juxtaposed with her decisions in world and her interactions with Lockwood was edited beautifully.The only place where I found the flashbacks a bit distracting was at final battle of both films,where it became difficult to keep note of both fight sequences nor did it let me take in the spectacles of either fights themselves.Other than that the edit is paced well and is very seamless.
Also while I am not exactly sure if certain scenes have been re-colour graded to make the CGI dinosaurs seem more natural rather than appear blatantly obvious as shown in the theatrical release(This was very apparent in JW atleast).Regardless of whether this was a placebo or not,it just serves as testament to how well this edit operates and definitely serves it purpose of making fallen kingdom a better film.
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.
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.