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Synopsis:

From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, 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.

What We Thought:

Jurassic World Dominion is better than Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but not as good as the first Jurassic World. But you know what? It doesn’t really matter what I think. You know whether or not you want to see the film and there are plenty of people who will. It’s going to make a lot of money because the franchise has had millions of fans for decades now. As for me, well I’ll tell you what I liked and didn’t like since you’re here anyways.

At the end of the second film Maisie Lockwood released the dinosaurs from her grandfather’s estate and this movie takes place 4 years later with humans and dinosaurs trying to coexist. It’s these real world scenes I loved the most. Seeing how humans have to deal with traffic caused by dinosaurs and dinosaurs being poached was very interesting and something we hadn’t seen in a Jurassic film. There’s a chase scene with Chris Pratt on a motorcycle and Bryce Dallas Howard jumping through buildings before getting into a truck that is absolutely wild. It could rival any scene in a Jason Bourne flick and is easily the highlight of this third movie. I wish the entire movie was based more in the real world because it would have been the best Jurassic Park/World if it had been.

As for other positives I did like the return of Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill from the original trilogy. Legacy characters are becoming the in thing to do in reboots/sequels and overall they do work here. They have all aged and they use their ages appropriately in the story. Seeing our two heroes from the World films mixed with our heroes from the Park films is 100% fan service, but what’s wrong with giving fans what they want?

The biggest negative is that it goes exactly how the previous five films have gone. Instead of sticking to real world locations, it goes into a single location with humans creating something bad, the dinosaurs escaping and fighting each other and humans narrowly escaping. It adds in a few new characters who ultimately are unnecessary because we only care about the main cast, adds in some new dinos and animals and ends how you expect. With this being the culmination of these characters I wanted a different ending, something we haven’t seen before, but it goes exactly where you think it will. I’m a bit disappointed in the story because I really wanted something bigger and less repetitive than the same story from 5 previous movies especially with the return of the Jurassic Park cast.

Jurassic World Dominion will make a billion dollars worldwide. It will be number one at the box office this week despite Top Gun: Maverick still making huge money. Diehards will enjoy it, but I do think some, if not a lot, will be disappointed as well. These movies make too much money for them to kill the Jurassic franchise, but I do see this as the end for these particular characters. It’s a shame they didn’t get a better sendoff.

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