Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live alongside humans all over the world…. a lot of dinosaurs are also running wild, which, to go along with an incoming economic catastrophe, is causing a lot of problems.
THE GOOD STUFF
ACTION– Last I checked, the definition of a true summer blockbuster is CGI and action. Last I checked, a Jurassic Park movie should give you both of those things involving dinosaurs chasing after humans in creative ways, causing chaos, and peril to things like buildings, automobiles, and nameless background characters with no lines. Also, last I checked, summer blockbusters should be seen on large-format movie screens. When it comes to these things, Jurassic world: Dominion is superior to the previous two entries of this franchise. And isn’t that what we should ask of any third entry into a trilogy?
BALANCE– One thing I couldn’t help but notice about Jurassic world: fallEN kingdom (the franchise’s last entry) is how many of the characters the audience didn’t care about. Through both entries of this trilogy, the idiosyncrasies of the two main characters and the love story between them had indeed grown tiresome. It seems that people wanted less of them, and that’s exactly what you get.
At the same time, you get the reintroduction of the three main characters from the first film. These two sets of characters are separated for most of the film, and that’s why it works. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum are on point here, and what this film needs to provide a different type of energy. It is a wonderful contrast between the old characters and the new characters.
THE BAD STUFF
THE 3RD ACT- Unfortunately, this is a movie that really can’t stick the landing. This is a planned ending to this franchise, and it turns out that the last movie set the stakes way too high for the ending of this movie to really hit with any impact. There are a lot of repetitive beats that we’ve seen throughout the whole franchise. Modern-day audiences can no longer be seduced by beautiful visuals and world-class special effects long enough to ignore how absolutely mundane the last twenty minutes of this film turn out to be.
THE UGLY STUFF
CAMPBELL SCOTT- I know we’re not even two months into the summer movie season, but I’m pretty sure he will be the worst movie villain of any tentpole film released for the rest of the summer.
I understand in movies such as this, there has to be the evil human factor. I also understand that these types of villains don’t need to be too over the top to take away from the CGI creatures that do most of the terrorizing done to our protagonists. But Campbell Scott’s performance in this film is incredibly, incredibly boring. There’s not even a remote sense of menace in his character. He’s not creepy, he’s not throwing out bro-type D-bag vibes, he’s not snide and elitist even.. he’s just a guy. A boring ass scientist doing his job poorly. There’s a point where there is a verbal confrontation between this character and Ian Malcolm, and there’s no sense of urgency to be afraid for Ian Malcolm’s safety. Campbell Scott is playing it so low-key and un-intimidating that it would be laughable for him to do anything physical to Malcolm whatsoever in that moment. His performance is the only irredeemable flaw of this film.
Ultimately, franchise fatigue has hit TRANSFORMERS and JURASSIC PARK harder than any other movie franchise. Audiences and critics have automatically rolled their eyes at this particular film unjustifiably without giving it any sort of a chance, and I can’t help but to be mystified by that. As a cinephile, I have come to peace with the fact that there are certain arguments when it comes to cinema that I will perhaps go to my grave defending. And amongst the many controversial opinions I have, I will add one more to the list:
-Except for the first Jurassic Park film back in 1993… Jurassic World: Dominion is just as good as any Jurassic Park film that has been made so far.
Very mid-tier stuff here. But entertaining stuff nonetheless.
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION is in theatres now.