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Jurassic World Dominion review

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Man risks killing his family after promising a dinosaur he will travel around the world to find it’s baby.

Some sad news to start this review. This is the last movie I’ll be reviewing on my Cineworld Unlimited card. It expired the other day, just as I was attempting to book Lightyear. But don’t worry – I’ll have plenty of content to continue spamming the world. From random ramblings, to reviews of streamed content. Oh, and I’m sure I will return to the cinema, I just won’t be going as often as I did before. It’s a new dawn. A bit like a sequel no one asked for. The OddFather 2.0. What could possibly go wrong?

Speaking of sequels – here’s Jurassic Park 6! A movie to put an end to the saga started all the way back in 1993. The final chapter… Until Universal Pictures need to make money so reboot the whole series again. Jurassic Galaxy! It’s going to happen, right?

Anyway, I have an attachment to this series. The original Jurassic Park was the first movie I remember watching at the cinema. Growing up I loved dinosaurs – I mean which kid didn’t? Even the OddDaughter is going through a Dino phase. It’s not very original. But yeah, I’ve enjoyed all the Jurassic movies. Obviously, none of them capture the brilliance of the first. But there’s no way any of its sequels were going to do that. You usually only get one chance to make such an impact, and Jurassic Park did that perfectly. As long as you understand that – your expectations can be managed.

Even then, Jurassic World Dominion has had terrible reviews. The worst of the series. Do I agree with the critics? Nope. I enjoyed this one too. But don’t get me wrong, no actor or dinosaur is going to win an Oscar for their performance in this movie.

I’ll be talking about mild spoilers so stop reading if you want to go into the movie blind.

Let’s get the bad things out the way first. I’ve never been on board with Chris Pratt’s character, Owen Grady, being able to train Velociraptors. It just went against everything we saw and believed from previous movies. And the Velociraptors made good villain dinosaurs. So, seeing him here, once again face to face with his pet-but-now-wild Velociraptor without getting his face ripped off just didn’t sit right with me. But then for him to make a promise to this Dino that he’ll return their baby is just outright ridiculous. To be fair, the movie acknowledges this in an exchange between characters in the finale.

The next gripe I had was with the end sequence where the Giganotosaurus was taken down by the T-Rex partnering with another dinosaur. This is the same ending from Jurassic World. A little too safe for my liking.

Also, there doesn’t seem to have been as many deaths in this movie than I would have expected. I’m not sadistic or anything but come on! I want to see dinosaurs devour people up close and personal!

Finally – I think this movie missed an opportunity when it came to breaking the trend of following a story largely set on an island. With dinosaurs now spread across the whole world, I would have enjoyed seeing them in locations such as London/New York City/Sydney. I enjoyed the sequence in Malta and seeing the dinosaurs causing havoc in the square was different to what came before. It’s a shame it went back to a closed location, but it wasn’t terrible.

In Jurassic Park, Spielberg famously changed the design and size of certain dinosaurs to make for a better movie. Like Velociraptors were in fact the size of turkeys. And the Dilophosaurus was much larger, didn’t spit venom, and may not have even had neck frills.

I know what you’re thinking…

The biggest change may have been the T-Rex. About which a palaeontologist has said the following:

“It’s possible that it had feathers, was pink, and danced to attract mates”

Paleontologist Jack Horner

Sounds like me on a Saturday night.

In Jurassic World Dominion it was nice seeing properly feathered dinosaurs. It had me intrigued as to what species I was looking at and whether these dinosaurs had actually existed. Turned out they did.

However, the biggest draw of this movie was bringing back the key characters from Jurassic Park. And I have to say it worked. I didn’t realise how much I missed these characters until I saw them on screen again.

For me, Jeff Goldblum as Malcolm steals the show. He says what may be going through the audiences’ minds whilst being his usual awkward charming self. Come to think of it – I think I can relate to that! At least the awkward rambling bit. They even made a point about the open buttons on his shirt. Who can forget the sexiness he brought to the first Jurassic Park movie?

The haters will go on about bugs being more prominent to the story than dinosaurs. But I don’t buy it. I didn’t think that in the slightest. Same old ‘haters gonna hate’ and all that.

Verdict

Jurassic World Dominion suffers as much as any sequel would in this genre. It will never match up to the original Jurassic Park, but it’s not as bad as most critics say either. Yes, there’s flaws. But if you accept it for what it is, it can be an enjoyable, if forgettable movie.

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