*Mild spoilers ahead for Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion

The final installment in the Jurassic World trilogy, Dominion, is now in theaters. If you love intense dinosaur action or are looking for nostalgia from Jurassic Park, you don’t want to miss this movie. On the other hand, if you’re squeamish or don’t like slow starts, you may want to give it a pass. If you are wondering what to expect from this film, you have come to the right place.

About Jurassic World: Dominion

Jurassic World: Dominion is the final entry in the newest Jurassic Park franchise. The story is set four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) have made a home for themselves in the middle of the woods, where they are attempting to raise Maisie (Isabella Sermon).

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Dinosaurs now roam freely and live alongside humans. Biosyn has created a sanctuary for dinosaurs of every type, but perhaps there is more to it than meets the eye. When Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Alan Grant (Sam Neill) find out there is something sinister beneath the surface of Biosyn, they enlist the aid of Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). 

Chris Pratt as Owen tries to stop a dino with his famous hand trick.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The remaining cast includes Mamoudou Athie, Scott Haze, Dichen Lachman, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Omar Sy, DeWanda Wise and Bd Wong. Colin Trevorrow directed and wrote the story along with Emily Carmichael and Derek Connolly.

My Thoughts

I have a lot of feelings on this one. I enjoyed watching Jurassic World: Dominion; however, there are several issues that I cannot overlook. That said, I feel it ended the series of movies in the best possible way and is the sequel fans have deserved since the original Jurassic Park.

Firstly, the story. Several subplots start as individual stories and do not come together until more than halfway through the film. I think they waited too long to bring these stories into one cohesive tale. The first half of the movie is slow. I feel like they could have omitted 30 to 40 minutes easily without affecting the overall story. Likewise, the dialogue, especially in the first half, is a bit … cheesy.

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The acting is precisely what I expected from the all-star cast: excellent. I loved seeing the original crew back in action alongside the new class. While I always teeter on the edge of being a fan of Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Ian Malcolm is by far one of the best parts of the movie. Another shining star is newcomer DeWanda Wise who plays Kayla Watts. She’s my new favorite character!

Owen speeds away from a raptor on a motorbike

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

The CGI on the more giant dinos is incredible; the scales, feathers, etc., seem to ripple as the animals move. However, some smaller dinos appear to result from practical effects and are not up to the same standard. 

There is an enormous amount of nostalgia attached to Jurassic World: Dominion. It almost feels like a direct sequel to Jurassic Park. Several scenes are reminiscent of the original film. There is a moment featuring Ellie and Alan near the end that fans have been waiting for a long time.

Final Thoughts

As a side note, be aware there is some flashing on the screen in the last fourth of the film. There is no flash warning, but someone who is incredibly sensitive should know ahead of time.

There are many scenes where dinosaurs eat animals, other dinos and humans. Jurassic World: Dominion is not for the faint of heart or small children.

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