Would you believe me if I told you I had never seen a Jurassic movie before? When the Jurassic Park movies came out, my kids were little and way too scared to see them. Flash forward all these years, I just never caught up, but I’m not a stranger to the concept. We enjoy the Jurassic areas at Universal Studios and are dinosaur fans. The long-awaited final chapter in the Jurassic Park world, Jurassic World Dominion, is finally here, and we were invited to a special screening. Let me tell you, the applause through many parts of the movie was the most I have experienced in a theater in a very long time.
Jurassic World Dominion – In Theaters June 10
But is Jurassic World Dominion everything Jurassic Park fans are hoping for? Will it bring closure to fans who have been there from the first movie? Will you be able to understand it if you have never seen any of the movies before?
Let’s chat…spoiler free, of course…
About the Movie
Just in case you are like me and you have not kept up with this fandom…
Four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed, dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.
The storyline here is simple and easy enough to follow, as long as you understand the basics of this franchise. I was able to figure out who everyone was, what they did and how their roles fit into this story from context clues. The story here is not complex, and if I’m honest, I’m not sure what this movie was really about to begin with. The storyline is very bland – actually it was more like a chain of events, a reason to get everyone together and provide closure for die hard fans.
Imagine someone who has inspired your work – and then throw yourself in an intense, emergency situation with that person. You know who that person is, but you really have no connection with that person except to know what they are known for.
Jurassic World Dominion sets the stage for awkward co-mingling by casting Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard together with the original dinosaur advocates Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. While these are all excellent actors that I enjoy, together they were an odd match. The best parts were saved for Jeff Goldblum, which were mostly sarcastic, comic relief.
For a good portion of the movie, the Jurassic Park crew did not really mingle with the Jurassic World crew. But when they were together, it was weird. Their connections felt more forced than natural.
Is Jurassic World Dominion Safe for Kids?
Jurassic World Dominion is rated PG-13 for language, intense sequences of action and some violence. There are a few jump scares(I admit to actually falling for one – but it was fun to laugh at actually being scared by that). There is much use of language in this film – but there is also quite a bit of action, so it is adequately used.
Jurassic World Dominion is not your average preschool, animated dinosaur show. These creatures are big and scary, with very realistic qualities. These dinos are massive when next to their human counterparts. Their teeth are very sharp, and in some instances, you are shown just how sharp they can be. Dinosaurs eating (prey/people/each other) is shown, along with the blood that would rightly follow.
Even though the group casting was odd and the storyline basic, the movie was not bad. I enjoyed the cameos and the obvious Easter eggs for fans(they really were obvious). Jurassic World Dominion is a perfect summer movie, full of action and adventure. I felt that Colin Trevorrow provided full closure for all fans as this part of the Jurassic franchise comes to a close. I am ready to watch the other 5 Jurassic movies now.
#JurassicWorldDominion is in theaters June 10. Get tickets now.