Jurassic World Dominion Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

The Jurassic franchise has finally come full circle and this near thirty-year journey has reached its end. But does the series go out on a high? Or is this one too far for even the most loyal of Jurassic fans?

Online, at least from a ‘critical’ point of view, the movie appears to be taking a battering! Thankfully, I form my own opinions and rarely get influenced by anyone other than myself! Even more so when it’s surrounding a series that means so much to me! I went to see Jurassic Park back in 1993 and, despite only being very young at the time, I still remember that magical feeling I felt – I had never witnessed anything like it before! That movie not only shaped my love and passion for dinosaurs but also established my love of cinema! Twenty-nine years later I found myself sitting in the same cinema that launched these things and preparing myself to see this important franchise end.

As for the movie itself, it starts really strong and ends even stronger! I left the cinema feeling very happy and satisfied! This movie gave me a lot of elements that I was longing for and if I’m being super greedy, I could have done with even more! While I think the Jurassic World films have always lacked that ‘special spectacle’ of the original trilogy, they still have tried to push the size and scale of the movies and have never been afraid to introduce new ideas and concepts. Was my overall experience a positive one? Yes! Does Jurassic World Dominion have its fair share of issues – also yes!

The film starts strong, but the narrative becomes very janky after the first twenty minutes and you do have to push on through some very strange story choices – including the main plot, which I struggled to get on board with – although it does reflect more of Michael Crichton’s intended end goal. There was also the problem of the setting. It’s a personal preference, but I have never enjoyed the whole ‘dinosaurs on the mainland’ angle, I much prefer my Jurassic stories when they are in an isolated wilderness. So, it was only natural that I didn’t enjoy the middle act – which offered everything I didn’t want! However, once we navigate away from this, the final forty minutes of the movie are pure Jurassic joy!

In terms of the cast, huge praise must go to the returning original characters as well as the new additions for this movie! With the originals, Sam Neil (Alan Grant), Laura Dern (Ellie Sattler), and Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm), it may have been nearly thirty years, but their on-screen chemistry is just as strong as it was in that first movie! DeWanda Wise (Kayla Watts) and Mamoudou Athie (Ramsay Cole) are wonderful newcomers to the franchise and Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing) is once again the strongest asset of the Jurassic World characters and I think this final movie in the trilogy is the best her character has been. A wonderful performance from start to finish.

Jurassic World Dominion is a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but with a strong final act, movie audiences should leave the cinema happy! Wonderful performances from the new and original cast members are at the heart of the movie and Jurassic World Dominion pulls out plenty of nostalgia surprises along the way! The franchise goes out on its own terms.

One reply to “Jurassic World Dominion Review

  1. “I form my own opinions and rarely get influenced by anyone other than myself! Even more so when it’s surrounding a series that means so much to me!”

    One of the big reasons I enjoy your reviews. A personal touch is always appreciated. Incredibly cool that you go to see in the same cinema!!

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