Jurassic World: Dominion Review

I, along with a lot of other people who have been eagerly anticipating this movie, have finally seen Jurassic World: Dominion. Questions have been answered. (Yes, those are locusts.) In addition to getting a nifty new cup and a poster that was being given away at the theatre I went to see the movie at I was actually satisfied with this as the conclusion to this franchise. I know there are a lot of movie snobs out there who have pointed out all the flaws and they’ve already said it’s not good enough for the franchise etc. But this is popular fiction first and foremost. It’s not high art. Trust me, I wouldn’t have gone to see it if it was. I love popular fiction and it’s a toxic trait that I stand by.

If I had to pick one word to describe the theme of this one it would be CHAOS! This one more than the other two Jurassic World installments carried with it the classic movie monster feeling that I have heard Steven Spielberg in particular talk about in interviews before. It does not forget that Jurassic Park was a thriller first and foremost. It truly conveyed the chaos and destruction that happens when people and dinosaurs are forced to co-exist in the modern world. Yet it doesn’t go so far as to remind you of a Godzilla movie either. This one more than any of the other Jurassic World films also balanced the science part of the story really well. Without being too heavy-handed the movie explained where Maisie came from more in-depth. It gave the movie a chance for a quiet scene without taking us so far out of the action that we had to readjust.

While Fallen Kingdom had the scare factor of the Indo-Raptor in the mansion, Dominion actually has the suspense and terror of “what do we do now?” that reminded me a lot of the first two films. Without giving too much away the end sequence at the sanctuary/BioSyn lab reminded me a lot of the sequence at Site B in The Lost World leading up to San Francisco which, to me, is one of the most intense “how do we get out of this?!” scenes in any movie I’ve ever seen.

The main thing I like about this movie is that it is clear the director is a true fan of the original material and not just a director they hired to make a movie with the Jurassic Park name. I respect this a lot because it means someone is looking out for the original material and does not want another Jurassic Park III to happen.

There is a lot of nostalgia but I felt this film did it really well. While some of the callbacks/easter eggs are obvious (the shot of the dig site, the raptor’s tapping claw) I didn’t feel that any of them were out of place or jammed in just to give the people what they want.

Overall the movie is a great story with exciting action sequences, intriguing scenarios and a satisfying conclusion. I’m going to see it probably three more times before it leaves the theatres. I want to see at least one Jurassic World/Park movie in 3D.

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