Mini Film Review – Jurassic World: Dominion

I have just seen Jurassic World: Dominion; and I rather liked it! Directed by Colin Trevorrow, and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Isabella Sermon; Jurassic World: Dominion is a science fiction action film, and the sixth film overall in the Jurassic Park film series. Following on from the events of Fallen Kingdom; Dinosaurs are no longer contained to a single island, they are now all over the world! You’d think this film would be able to sort of write itself? Dinosaurs are now all over the world, so as a movie goer you would expect to see something like the end of The Lost World, and the San Diego Incident. In this case though it seems like the movie makers decided to follow a more realistic approach, in how animals exist in the world today; forgetting of course that Dinosaurs are currently extinct! It’s a film that holds back on it’s easy to write potential. But this is sort of all it holds back on. It’s decision to include the more notable members of the original cast, works out in the comedy sense, but not in the acting sense; as they do seem rather unrealistic, whereas the return of other cast members, such as Omar Sy are done much better. And for a film series about Dinosaurs, there is a sudden lack of them in the film’s final act! But these things are minor issues, compared to the big one! The real problem I have with this film, is that it feels like I am watching two (or even three) films. The film begins, creates some plot, then changes focus, then changes focus, then changes focus. And it does this changing of focus and perspective many times, and waits for long periods before returning to other narratives. It will do one thing, and at the point that you have completely forgotten about the other ongoing plots, it will return to them. It’s like there’s enough stuff in this film, for two or more films! The locust storyline is so finely told, that there’s not enough of it to make any sense, it’s just something that also happens; which is disappointing, because it has the potential to be it’s own film, and an interesting one too, a lot like a Michael Crichton novel. It’s a shame, because the movie makers have obviously thought of the phrase; ‘Go Big, or Go Home’, and then did both; making this big thing, and then ending it there, rather than doing more. It’s not the best film in the series by far; but I do like it. I am just very disappointed that they have crammed so much into it, rather than making these other interesting films that are also featured!

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