Thursday, June 9, 2022

Jurassic World Dominion Movie Review

Bryce Dallas Howard stars in Jurassic World Dominion

Dinosaurs in Our World

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe. From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, 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.

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith, and Daniella Pineda.

What's Good: Hail, hail, the gang's all here. Dern, Goldblum and Neill return for the purported final act in the Jurassic franchise, joining forces with Howard, Pratt and a seemingly endless herd of hard-to-pronounce dinosaurs. The former are fun to see (together) again, but it gets awfully crowded near the end, as both generations struggle with small talk in a frustratingly frantic race to the finish. On the plus side, Mahoudou Athie and DeWanda Wise shine in their respective debuts; but with so many characters to keep track of, it's not enough to save the lot. 

What's Not: Dominion borrows/steals from just about everyone. James Bond? Check. James Bourne? Check. Star Wars? Check, check, check. Even Yellowstone gets a nod at the very beginning, as if familiarity breeds satisfaction. Sadly, it doesn't. The "final chapter" tries to do too much with too little much, and the results are (predictably) bad. There's simply too much going on, and the supposed stars of the show (the dinosaurs) are no longer special. Let's hope this is the last one.

Budget: $165 million

Runtime: 146 minutes

Target Audience: Jurassic fans.

Bottom Line: I wanted to like/love Dominion, but compared to the 1993 original and it's sterling sequel (The Lost World) it simply doesn't compare. It looks alike (at times) but this franchise has been dying a slow death for some time. Unfortunately, a family reunion (of sorts) isn't enough to bring it back to life.