The dinosaurs are back in action, the excitement is high, and the title Jurassic World: Dominion speaks for itself. The film melding the stories of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World has finally arrived. And while it can be an exhilarating adventure at times, Jurassic World: Dominion is not quite the level of exhilaration that I anticipated.
Again, while there is a generous level of excitement, I had to ask myself a few questions. Are the dinosaur visuals still invigorating? Is the storyline grasping my full attention? Or is the reunion of many of the original Jurassic actors the main source of excitement?
Where I found the exhilarating and monumental moments in the film was the reunion with Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattier (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Bringing these icons back is what kicks the action into gear. Neill and Dern bring back that classic love for dinosaurs and the whole dinosaur culture in this continuation of the Jurassic World franchise
In Jurassic World: Dominion, the film picks up from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom(2018). The characters Owen Grady and Claire Dearing (Chriss Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) find themselves in a new world where dinosaurs have become the norm. They are everywhere—in cities, zoos, etc. On top of that, there are new experiments on the horizon, and Grant, Sattier, and Malcolm know the keys to the experiments. Unfortunately, the film focuses too much on the reunion of classic characters, versus the plot itself. Jurassic World: Dominion also struggles with its pacing and continuity.
I love films with dinosaurs and monsters, but the originality of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic franchise have decreased over time. And the script is just so predictable, with its good guy/bad guy formula—save the good people from the dinosaurs and the destruction, and the bad guys are not so lucky.
Don’t get me wrong, Jurassic World: Dominion is not a bad movie. It just felt rushed, the classic characters were not integrated into the film very well, and the visuals were not quite up to my expectations. Some fun memories, and it was impressive how Neill, Dern, and Goldblum can still portray their roles. In fact, they provided a bigger rollercoaster for the film than the dinosaurs. Two and a half stars for Jurassic World: Dominion.