Jurassic World Dominion

Humans and Dinosaurs cohabiting the planet. From the Official Trailer
Humans and Dinosaurs cohabiting the planet. From the Official Trailer

Jurassic World Dominion’s popularity is likely propelled by a coterie of loyal sci-fi fans of special effects and 3-D movies. The notion of dinosaurs now inhabiting the entire planet is an evocative twist to this chapter in the Jurassic story, and initial reports indicate the film has done well financially on its first weekend.

The film score is notable, and the chase scenes in scenic Malta were exciting, but the intrigue and mystique of the 1993 version were missing. The film seemed a bit long as I noted several individuals seated near me dozing off.

Richard Attenborough 1975, lead actor in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, first installment to Jurassic World Dominion

Richard Attenborough 1975, lead actor in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, the first installment to Jurassic World Dominion

The gravitas provided by the patrician Richard Attenborough as entrepreneur John Hammond and the sheer inventiveness of Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 triple Oscar-winning version was absent. Although Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern returned for this installment, much of their dialogue sometimes seemed fatuous and glib. They are no longer the erudite scientists delving into the mysteries of DNA fueling Hammond’s grandiose plans to bring dinosaurs back to life for a mega amusement park. The emerging re-romance of Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant seemed a bit vague and contrived.

The film presents a vacuous study of greed, smuggling, kidnapping, and destroying the world’s food sources, but the bad guy (Campbell Scott as Lewis Dodgson) doesn’t seem that evil. He was more misguided and disorganized, surrounded by sycophants creating mayhem behind his back. He couldn’t keep his giant locusts under control.

So why the big audiences this premiere weekend? Perhaps it’s because since Covid has waned, more people are going to movies again. Although theaters gradually reopened, audiences were masked and minimal, and there was a shortage of interesting new films. The Jurassic series boasts a history of success and interest; logically, audiences would turn out, if not just out of curiosity.

Attendance at this film may reflect a basic social need to enjoy a night of cinematic fantasy with family or friends. It’s certainly innocent fun, 3-D glasses, popcorn and all, and some newer faces in the cast we’ll be hearing from. It was nice to see young people with Jurassic memorabilia and playing Jurassic video games in the lobby. Maybe someday, Jurassic collector cards will be as valuable as Pokemon cards.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Starring Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Laura Dern as Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill as Alan Grant, Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm, Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood, and DeWanda Wise as Kayla Watts.

Jurassic World Dominion

Runtime 2h 26m
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography by John Schwartzman.

Readers might enjoy our other movie reviews, like Elvis 2022Top Gun Maverick, 2000 Mules, and The King’s Man.

Jurassic World Dominion


Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

More to explore...

The home of Electric Lemon at 33 Hudson Yards, New York NY. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Electric Lemon at Hudson Yards

The Electric Lemon restaurant is located at the top of the five-star Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards. The rooftop bar boasts an 8,000-square-foot rooftop garden with a monumental Jaume Plensa sculpture. It overlooks the Hudson River and the city skyline. They possess a wide range of food and drinks, from light bites to seasonal offerings at dinner and rooftop brunch on the weekends. It’s open all year round because of the sleek and expansive dining room and fire-pits on the al fresco terrace.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Photo from the official trailer. Public Domain

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I suppose that the title of my blog post, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is a little misleading because it turned out to be Dinner at Tiffany’s, or more accurately, Dinner at the Blue Box Café. This Cafe honors the romance of the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn. Tiffany’s of course was the romantic setting where the lovely Audrey Hepburn went each morning with a pastry and cup of coffee to have breakfast as she window shopped. You might add Breakfast at Tiffany’s to your movie viewing list if you’ve missed it. The song Moon River will have new meaning for you!

Josie de Guzman at The Green Room 42. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Josie de Guzman at The Green Room 42

Two-time Tony Award nominee Josie de Guzman performed her show “Back Where I Started” and enthralled listeners at The Green Room 42.The enchanting and vivacious de Guzman performed a musical biopic of her remarkable stage career. She spoke of the many fellow luminaries with whom she performed and collaborated. The amazing list includes Leonard Bernstein, Nathan Lane, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Alan Jay Lerner, and Burton Lane, to name a few.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x