Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

Jurassic World Dominion has been described as the culmination of the entire Jurassic Park franchise so far, but is the film a worthy conclusion? With epic-scale Dino action and plenty of nostalgia, Jurassic World Dominion brings the Jurassic Park sequel trilogy to a fittingly over-the-top and entertaining end, even if it ultimately fails to take the franchise in a refreshing new direction.

In Jurassic World Dominion, dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

Jurassic World Dominion

As someone who has liked the previous two Jurassic World movies, as well as the three original Jurassic Park movies, it’s fair to say that my excitement for Jurassic World Dominion was pretty high walking into the cinema. Now that I’ve seen the film and had time to digest everything that happened, I’ve got to say that this is quite possibly my favourite film in the trilogy!

There’s no denying that Jurassic World Dominion has its flaws, with the most glaring issue being the reprepetitive and formulaic screenplay, but the film delivers where it counts. With the final film in the sequel trilogy, director Colin Trevorrow throws everything at the wall and produces a massively over-the-top, surprisingly scary and undeniably entertaining blockbuster.

Jurassic World Dominion

Since the first Jurassic Park movie was released in 1993, the franchise has become a reliable source for some of the biggest and craziest action-sequences ever put on screen – and I can officially confirm that Jurassic World Dominion is the biggest and most bombastic film in the series. Jurassic World Dominion is filled with some outrageously fun and terrifying action sequences, from an adrenaline inducing motorbike chase through the streets of Malta, a terrifying underwater sequence and more than a few intense moments featuring some new and terrifying dinosaurs. These sequences are made even more spectacular by the incredible visual effects that bring them to life. Colin Trevorrow cleverly mixes practical effects, such as animatronic dinosaurs, with CGI to make Jurassic World Dominion one of the most stunning and impressive blockbusters in recent memory.

One of the most disappointing elements of the previous Jurassic World movies was that the films seems completely uninterested in the horror elements that made the original so special. While there were certainly tense moments in both Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the films seemed more focused on being entertaining popcorn movies than scary monster movies. I’m happy to report that this is corrected with Jurassic World Dominion, as Colin Trevorrow has crafted some truly terrifying and intense sequences for this movie. It’s not quite a horror movie, but it will certainly scare the younger (and most older) members of the audience.

Jurassic World Dominion

I don’t think anyone can seriously say that it was a mistake to bring the legacy characters back for Jurassic World Dominion. Even from someone who has only discovered a love of the Jurassic Park movies in recent years, it’s amazing to see Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) reunite for one last adventure. Fans of Jurassic Park will be glad to hear that the dynamic between the three characters, as well as the actors portraying them, feels as fun and as exciting as it did in the original. Just the inclusion of the legacy characters makes Jurassic World Dominion feel more like a Jurassic Park movie than the previous instalments, which goes a long way when trying to capture what made the original so great.

As for the returning Jurassic World characters, it’s pretty much more of the same. Chris Pratt does his usual routine as Owen Grady, which is to say that the screenplay doesn’t give the actor an opportunity to bring any real depth to the character. Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire has some great moments spotted throughout the film, particularly in the more intense and scary scenes, but there’s still nothing particularly memorable about the character. DeWanda Wise is a fun addition to the franchise as Kayla Watts, with the actress offering one of the films strongest performances, but it’s hard not to wonder why Trevorrow decided to add more new characters in an already overstuffed film. The film does have a few weak links, with Isabella Sermon and Campbell Scott offering forgettable, cheesy and awkwardly wooden performances.

Jurassic World Dominion

There are quite a few things stopping Jurassic World Dominion from being more than just another okay Jurassic Park sequel. The film is paced poorly and the first twenty-minutes feel more like “previously on Jurassic World” than an actual opening act. Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael’s screenplay is another issue, with an overly complicated and overstuffed narrative. I never thought I would be saying this about a Jurassic World movie, but there’s simply too much going on. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom set the stage for a great sequel, with dinosaurs roaming free around the world, but Trevorrow barely focuses on this concept and instead constructs a convoluted, repetitive and formulaic narrative.

Jurassic World Dominion is yet another Jurassic Park sequel that doesn’t reach the heights of the original, but with some truly epic dinosaur action, enough nostalgia to make die-hard fans happy, and an entertaining enough group of characters, there’s no denying that it’s an incredibly fun time at the cinema!

Rating: 3.5/5

About Jurassic Park Dominion

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Isabella Sermon and Campbell Scott.

Synopsis: Jurassic World Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures. 

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