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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, the sixth and likely final film in the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise, highlights how much the series has evolved since the original 1993 classic, for better or worse. The film sees Colin Trevorrow return to the director’s chair after helming the franchise’s 2015 film, ‘Jurassic World’. The film not only sees the return of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard from the previous two outings in the franchise, but also brings back Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum from the original movie. Overall, the film is not as poor as many critics are making it out to be. There are definitely areas that can be improved, but there are also enough moments of fun to be had throughout. The film may not be as fun as 2015’s ‘Jurassic World’ or as good as the 1993 classic, but it is certainly a step up over 2018’s ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ and may even be better than ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ and ‘Jurassic Park III’.
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Full Commentary – ‘Jurassic World Dominion’
‘Jurassic World Dominion’ – Things to Enjoy
There are certainly fun elements to enjoy about the film, most of which is when the franchise’s central figures, dinosaurs, are on screen. This was what was ultimately lacking from the previous film, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. That movie felt like one long scene with few dinosaurs actually appearing in the film, only to have the one with the most screen time being another transgenic dinosaur. Thankfully, that was not the case with this film. Not only does it not recycle the same transgenic dinosaur plot line recycled multiple times in previous films, but the dinosaurs that we know and want to see (T-rex, velociraptor, etc.) all have notable scenes in this film. The CGI was also effective enough in bringing these creatures to life in an almost believable sense. There were multiple scenes where characters were hiding from terrifying-looking dinosaurs that were effective enough in evoking tense feelings from the audience. Whether the characters would be face to face with one of the creatures or holding their breath underwater to hide from an array of razor-sharp teeth, these scenes accomplished their goal of creating suspense for the audience.
Additionally, it was pleasant to see the trinity of Neil, Dern, and Goldblum return from the original film. Goldblum was especially charismatic and on top of his game as he usually is. The acting across the board was great, but the dinosaurs definitely stole the show as they were supposed to. The last few films in the franchise seem to have lost sight of this and tried to be something that they weren’t. The original film in 1993 showed us that dinosaurs can be the center of a great story.
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Behind the Scenes – ‘Jurassic World Dominion’
Things That Could Have Been Better
While nothing in the film is egregiously bad or cringeworthy, there are certain areas that could have worked better than they did. For instance, the sequence in Malta with Dichen Lachman’s character felt like it belonged in a movie from the ‘Mission Impossible’ or ‘James Bond’ franchises instead of a ‘Jurassic World’ film. If this sequence trimmed out most of the filler action scenes and focused on the dinosaurs as well as why Pratt and Howard’s characters were there, it would have been a much punchier portion of the film.
Another aspect of the film that could have been executed better was the plot revolving around Isabella Sermon’s character and the fictional company in the film, Biosyn. Without going into spoilers, their storyline wasn’t terrible, however, it felt like the same watered-down and overused trope of the boogeyman corporation in sci-fi movies. This part of the plot could have at least been a bit more original. Some of the characters needed motivations that were somewhat more unique and not something rehashed and plugged in just for the sake of having any kind of reason behind their actions. Another aspect of the film that could have been explored more was the relationship between Pratt’s character Owen and the velociraptor named Blue. Their relationship was at the center of the previous two films, so one would assume that this arc would receive a satisfying conclusion in this movie. Instead, the past between these two characters is simply mentioned in passing a few times and does not get as much attention as it maybe should have.
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An Adequate End to the Franchise?
Was this film a suitable conclusion to the franchise? As alluded to, it could have been better. It tried to bring back elements and aspects from all the previous films, but overall did not succeed as well as it could have. Can this franchise potentially stick the landing more effectively in wrapping up the series with a future outing? On one hand, it very well can. Any series or franchise can tell a good story with proper thought and care put into the writing, characters, and narrative, even when centered around something like dinosaurs. ‘Prehistoric Planet’, the breathtaking and fantastic docu-series on Apple TV+, is a testament to this.
But on the other hand, with each passing movie in the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise, it increasingly feels as if this series has run its course and should have ended a long time ago. This series no longer has the creative juice infused in the original film. It is difficult to determine how many more of these movies will bring audiences to the theaters, but it is a pretty safe bet to say not many. Of course, as mentioned earlier, any franchise can come back swinging with a movie that knocks audiences off their feet (many thought the ‘Rocky’ franchise did not need any more films until ‘Creed’ blew people away). The ‘Jurassic Park’ series is just as capable of surprising audiences as any prominent franchise, however that does not seem likely at this point.
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Isabella Sermon, Sam Neil, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Dichen Lachman
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