Tripwire’s contributing writer Matt Zitron takes a look at the latest instalment in the Jurassic World franchise, Jurassic World Dominion, out in cinemas from today…
Jurassic World Dominion
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise
Return to a world of Dino Disaster as the Jurassic World crew finally get to link up with the original crew, in the sixth Jurassic Park movie: Jurassic Park Dominion.
4 years after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (where once again greedy humans try to make money from dinosaurs and end up eaten) and dinosaurs have spread around the globe. You’re got Pterodactyls living on the top of skyscrapers, aquatic monsters attacking crab boats and Triceratops roaming the wild plains. But when the immensely watchable Dr Ellie Sadler (Laura Dern) discovers a genetically engineers ecological disaster, she rounds up her old flame Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neil) to investigate.
While this is going on, Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are raising their adopted clone child in the woods, while their friend Blue the Raptor lives in the woods by them and has a miraculous baby. Baddies find them and the story unfolds. Does that sound convoluted? Well that’s because it is.
It’s so easy to pick apart big blockbusters. They’re obviously working to a formula where they want to give audiences bang for their buck. The filmmakers seem to be building story around set pieces and in Fallen Kingdom, this fell a bit flat.
Thankfully, despite being an overly filled mess, Jurassic World Dominion is actually a fairly enjoyable romp. It feels like Colin Trevorrow has finally gotten the story to the place he’s most interested. From the get-go, we’re given an exposition heavy news reporter establishing Dinosaurs in the modern world. It’s actually interesting, and you can see the possibilities that I’m sure Universal will milk down the way.
This is a film of two halves. The first is a very Indiana Jones-esque adventure story of rescue and daring stunts. It’s actually refreshing for this crop of sequels to get us outside of the park environment, and to see the effects of these resurrected lizards in cities. Pratt is in his action element, and the raptor chase in Malta is the sort of things my kids would adore.
The second half is typical humans trapped with dinosaur fayre, but it works. Largely this is down to the return of the legacy characters. Dern and Neil still have fantastic chemistry and their comic timing and slight irreverence at what’s going on is exceedingly enjoyable. Jeff Goldblum steals most scenes he’s in and I can’t tell if he was given a script or just reacted to everything around him. Part of me wishes it was just the original three heroes, as their calibre shines through.
With Pratt and Dallas Howard reframed as parents gives their characters a bit more meat, though I wish Dallas Howard had more to do than pant and look terrified. Dewanda Wise joins the gang as pilot Kayla Watts, who deserved a bit more to do.
This movie is silly. it is shlocky, ridiculous and at times a bit tiresome.
It’s overly long, they pack in unnecessary scenes to either show off cool dinosaur designs, or to do cheesy call-backs to the 1993 original. As a fan that’s great, but it’s done so often you’re desperate for them to either escape or die so you can go to the loo. It’s not really an easter egg when the film essentially nudges you in the ribs and shouts: “EH REMEMBER THIS FROM JURASSIC PARK?”
One major problem I had with it, which could seem pedantic, is the reuse of lines. People in fast vehicles are told to: “HOLD ON TO SOMETHING” multiple times throughout the movie, and one particular monstrous lizard is given the exact same introduction twice by different people. If you’re standing a few meters away from a 50 foot carnivore, you won’t take the time to describe it in that detail. I’m all for suspending disbelief but this is just tired writing.
If they’d shaved it down a bit, this could have been really great. The ideas within are solid and the main villain’s mcguffin is very clever. It seems rushed in places and some of the camera work makes a couple of action sequences hard to follow. All that said, if you enjoy this type of movie then you’ll get your money’s worth.
I was 10 when Jurassic Park came out, and the child in me had a great time. One strange thing I did notice is that with the volume of dinosaurs shown, we finally get to see on screen every figure Hasbro has ever churned out over the last 3 decades. Of the three Jurassic World movies, this is the best. While it doesn’t come close to the original Jurassic Park, it’s a solid ending for the franchise.
Jurassic World Dominion is in cinemas in the UK and US from today. Here’s the film’s trailer
Extinction Agenda Tripwire’s contributing writer Matt Zitron takes a look at the latest instalment in the Jurassic World franchise, Jurassic World Dominion, out in cinemas from today… Jurassic World Dominion Director: Colin Trevorrow Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise Return to a world of Dino Disaster as
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