WHAT I LIKED: Whilst an unpopular opinion, as far as I'm concerned, this long-awaited Jurassic Park sequel is by far the best of the bunch as it's firstly a film that properly develops the franchise themes in an interesting way, and one that also winds up the most engaging of the pack. Yes for a start this story delves even further into the ethics behind meddling with things beyond human control, but it also takes a closer look at consumerism and the way humanity seems to constantly strive for more without considering the consequences. This is unlocked by the fact it's the first film to actually feature a functional entrainment park, the suggestion of further military applications for the dinosaurs, as well as the way the 'Indominus Rex' is used to embody the terrifying evil at work without comprising the sympathy we feel for the other dinosaurs.
But this sequel isn't just a thematic step forward, it's also a step forward in the way it builds its likeable central characters to an extent that you genuinely care about them as Bryce Dallas Howard's character has an interesting arc about learning the errors of these ways, and Chris Pratt is an expectedly engaging and surprisingly badass screen presence and becomes who is probably the most engaging character of the entire series so far. All of that means the action is always engaging and tense (helped by the fact it's rarely over-done), and when you couple that with what are naturally the best visual effects of the series, you end up with a thoroughly engaging and smart blockbuster that not only improves on the two previous Jurassic Park sequels, but also on the original film itself.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It may not pack the iconic moments of the original (even the film reminds us that "dinosaurs aren't enough to impress the public anymore,") and it does seem to forget that fact as it descends into its slightly over-long final act.
VERDICT: Finally a sequel that genuinely develops the franchise themes, 'Jurassic World,' is a smart and constantly engaging blockbuster that sits right at the top of the Jurassic Park pecking order as a result.