We have the final installment of the second trilogy of Jurassic Park films in Jurassic World: Dominion hitting theaters on Friday. Should you check it out? I share my thoughts on the film below.
Jurassic World: Dominion is set four years after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, with humanity hanging in the balance as humans and dinosaurs coexist following the destruction of Isla Nublar. The film sees the return of Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neil.
It’s honestly crazy to think back about this franchise and to know that there was only supposed to be one of these films. Almost thirty years later, we are getting our sixth installment. I remember doing the franchise rankings earlier this year and thinking, ‘what could’ve been?’ if they just let the first one live on its own.
I don’t know where to begin on Jurassic World: Dominion, as the entire film felt like a complete disaster. The film never felt like it had any sense of direction in what it wanted to say.
Jurassic World: Dominion needs to be the last film in the series
We’re coming fresh off the heels of Top Gun: Maverick, which PERFECTED the nostalgia factor, and with this, it felt forced and so out of place. You brought back these three characters for little to no reason and they truly added nothing spectacular to the story.
Let’s talk about what I did like. I did love the new additions in DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie. Every single time one of them was on the screen, I was elated because they were so good in their respective roles.
The dinosaur fights were good, but I wanted more, this is JURASSIC WORLD, not HUMAN WORLD. Jeff Goldblum added nothing to the story, but I laughed at one of his five jokes, which was good, I guess?
Oh, if anyone wants to criticize my love for the Fast and the Furious franchise and the route it has gone, I would love to point you to this ridiculous film. Every chase, fight, and moment felt so ludicrous that I wanted to scream. Of course, I can suspend disbelief (we are talking dinosaurs) but come on. Don’t even get me started on how every scene led to a perfectly placed thing happening EVERY time.
Overall, if you want to finish off the trilogy because you’ve seen the other two, go see it on the big screen. Again, I encourage it but LOWER your expectations. It’s an overstuffed, way too long film that I hope brings an end to this franchise. They will never be able to rekindle what the first film gave us, and it should stop trying. It is time to close the door on the park for good.
Jurassic World Dominion hits theaters on Friday.