Review: Jurassic World Dominion

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Only vague semblances of author Michael Crichton’s original intent remain as Jurassic World Dominion escalates the ridiculousness and insanity in a messy, but somehow satisfying and exciting conclusion.

With dinosaurs living among humans throughout the world, an imminent threat unites the original Jurassic Park trio with Chris Pratt and company in a race to not only save themselves, but humanity as a whole. Jurassic World Dominion tries to be a lot of things, from tentpole action film to international spy outing, social commentary to CGI slugfest… never quite landing on one direction. It’s all a bit of a mess, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a blast. The reuniting of Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill was a jolt of nostalgia I didn’t know I needed. The banter, the wit, the iconic hat… it’s all back. Pratt is a bit out of place in this entry, barely managing to change a disgruntled facial expression for the majority of the film. Bryce Dallas Howard, on the other hand, continues to be a shining beacon of the latest trio of films. Together with Dern and series newcomer DeWanda Wise, the women truly rule the film.

It’s just that Dominion has already strayed so far from what made the original film exciting that director Colin Trevorrow can do little more than ride the wave of nostalgia and throw in some awesome dinosaurs to carry the day. The graphics are crisp and some of the series’ best, especially when some of the biggest dinos are going at it. And look, it’s a ton of fun! There is action galore and Goldblum is ripe with one-offs that are sure to get the laughs. But it’s clear that we’re not on Isla Nublar anymore and John Hammond’s vision is all but lost in the fray of the age old controversy over gene manipulation and playing God. It’s just that there is so much more potential yet to be realized, so much more intelligent plot to be explored. Still, I feel good about this series wrapping up and am satisfied with the bow Trevorrow was able to put on it all. He redeemed himself for the tragedy that was Fallen World and gave me one heck of a dive into much needed escapism. Though flawed, if you suspend logic and just allow yourself to have a good time, Dominion absolutely delivers.

Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters this Friday.

Rating: 4/5

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