Our review Jurassic World: Dominion is not up to par. The latest installment in the Jurassic saga, which tells of how dinosaurs invaded Earth after escaping from Isla Nublar, features a classic cast led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and classic Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, has not convinced the press or much of the fandom, making it the worst rated installment of the entire saga. In note aggregators such as Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes it does not reach approval.
Yes, Jurassic World: Dominion, the Universal film plagued by dinosaurs, is a true blockbuster capable of sweeping the box offices in different territories, but it does not have enough quality to shine on its own. The film is receiving blows right and left, and although there is a certain consensus on the spectacular nature of its action sequences, it is pointed out that the script is the worst and that as a nostalgic closure to a license inaugurated in 1993 with Steven Spielberg at the hands, it's disappointing. In Metacritic it barely reaches 38% approval, with fierce criticism such as the Washington Post, which states that the last minutes are nothing more than poor quality copies of some of the final moments of the germinal tape.
Others such as CNN point out that the mixture of original and innovative elements in their proposal does not quite come together, and different media emphasize the length and exhaustion of its assembly and duration -more than 2 hours and 30 minutes-. On Rotten Tomatoes it hasn't fared much better. On the web of fresh and rotten tomatoes, it also stays at 38%, a complete failure. With more than 145 different analyzes from the most prestigious portals and critics, Jurassic World: Dominion is applauded for its special effects, its great action sequences and its nostalgic moments, but without convincing anyone regarding the story, performances or dialogues.
There is some consensus in saying that it is the worst sequel to date, beating Jurassic Park III -considered to date the lowest point in the saga- and Fallen Kingdom, the film directed by Bayona in 2018. Have they lost the magic dinosaurs? Well, these are still the great protagonists, and as we have already told you in Vandal Random, it seems that they have kept their essence in the new film. However, as a cinematographic product, it seems that the magic is gone and that director Colin Trevorrow has failed to bring it back just as John Hammond failed in his attempt to build a theme park. Will it have public support?.
As a thirtysomething who was terrified as a kid by the magnificent 'Jurassic Park' and its fantastic and equally underrated sequel, I have not been able to get along with the 'Jurassic World' saga to date. Despite their commendable efforts to deliver distinct, characterful, and precisely executed experiences, both films left me a touch of disappointment as they seemed all too aware of the legacy they were striving to honor.
If we add to this starting point the fact that a large part of the promotional campaign for the closing of the trilogy has chosen to bet strongly on that nostalgic component so in vogue in the Mecca of cinema, it is understandable that my path to cinema has been dominated by laziness and by practically null expectations that anticipated a probable obscene and soulless exploitation of the memories of three decades ago.
After leaving the screening of 'Jurassic World: Dominion' with a gigantic smile, I can't help but swallow my unfounded suspicions, because this summer Jurassic revelry has ended up handing me on a silver platter 146 of the funniest minutes that are going to happen this year in our movie theaters. Two and a half hours of the purest adventure without filters, without brakes and with a heart as big as the head of a T-Rex.
Perhaps one of my main drawbacks towards the franchise that started in 2015 is derived from the great responsibility of carrying a word as ambitious and grandiloquent as "world" in its title; but at last, after the covert remake of the original and Hammer's horror exercise corseted in a mansion of 'The Fallen Kingdom', 'Dominion' lives up to its man with its epic on a grand scale.
Do you want to know when Jurassic World Dominion premieres online on platforms like HBO Max, Netflix or Prime Video? Well, you have to know that Jurassic World Dominion, being a Universal movie, has its premieres agreed on the Peacock streaming platform, where its premieres arrive after 45 days.
The point is that, like other streaming platforms, it is not available in Spain, so we are going to save you the research and we are going to tell you how to watch it soon online. The film premiered on June 9, and already has some pretty impressive box office data, despite not being too popular.
Keep in mind, and this is official information, that Jurassic World Dominion will be on Peacock's streaming platform for at least 4 months, during which time it will not be on any other platform. But later, that will change. Until 2018, HBO was the main platform where Universal's releases arrived, so adding, between one thing and another, the film would arrive at HBO Max around the month of December.
But, there is also the possibility that it came to Netflix, which has Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom among its catalog and also collaborates closely with Universal on the animated series 'Cretaceous Camp', which connects directly with the Jurassic World movies.
Do you remember when a crossover between 'Fast & Furious' and 'Jurassic World' was rumored? Well, this movie is the closest thing that our eyes will probably see. And the fact is that in this show that has gone round and round and without any kind of self-imposed limitation, there is room for international espionage in the purest James Bond style, the trademark terror, the action at full speed and even the environmental thriller. A wonderful madness surprisingly well balanced.
This impossible cocktail finds in its functional without further script what is probably its weakest component. The script, which does not leave much room for surprises at the plot level once it places all the pieces on the board in its calculated first act, is too easy to predict and that Apple CEO-style villain is not exempt from clichés, but it is manages to balance action, exhibition and comedy with an enviable pulse.
Where Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow's writing shines the most, however, is in its union of two generations of heroes and viewers—without falling into the stale commercial claim. The return of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum is not limited to strictly advertising, and gives their characters great weight in the plot, being active, putting parallel subplots on track that converge, and displaying a chemistry that remains intact.
Of course, rounding off a blockbuster worthy of the biggest of screens, is an impeccable visual treatment, with set pieces planned, shot and edited with exquisite taste and sense of kinetics, with an overwhelming production design and direction photo courtesy of veteran John Schwartzman who mines gold at a suitable 2:1 aspect ratio. The icing on a sweeping cake that could well be ranked tied with 'The Lost World' as the best installment in the saga since Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic.
What Steven Spielberg gave us with Jurassic Park (1993) and what Colin Trevorrow does not give us in Jurassic World: Dominion (2022) was, above all, a great impact. The very science fiction premise about the possibility of extincting the dinosaurs by cloning them using their genetic material, tens of millions of years after they walked the face of the Earth, is in itself very meaty and interesting. But that is not the essential.
The astonishment of the protagonists when seeing them alive and kicking is transmitted to us very well, they undoubtedly make the spectators feel it strongly and their eyes like kettledrums are ours. The work of Industrial Light and Magic with visual effects, which impressed us to the point of saying enough, at the same level as those of Avatar (2009) with Weta Digital under the orders of James Cameron, influences this triumph of the cinematographic wonder. And the score by John Williams.
One can assume that, after the five films prior to Jurassic World: Dominion in the saga, the Californian director Colin Trevorrow had it raw for us to hallucinate as much as with the original; and for the same reasons. And it seems unquestionable even from the second, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), the work of Steven Spielberg himself. Not to mention the equally unsuccessful Jurassic Park 3, by Joe Johnston (2001), its implausibilities and its indigestible final American.
The impact and amazement of the innovative talent could not help but vanish in the sequels, then. Even with the worthy proposals of Jurassic World (2015), which Colin Trevorrow himself shot, and The Fallen Kingdom, for which he was willing to pass the baton to the Spanish Juan Antonio Bayona (2018) and which does have an unforgettable moment that it breaks our hearts: the witnessed death of the brachiosaurus; and we share the grief of Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing.
But this circumstance does not justify that the sixth adventure of the resurrected dinosaurs, Jurassic World: Dominion, being defensible, reveals itself to be so risky in its narrative decisions. To begin with, both Jurassic Park and The Lost World and the previous one unleash some quite brutal and terrifying sequences on us, the kind that make us stay on edge while they last and make us stir in our seats hopelessly. But there is almost no hemoglobin here.
For years we waited for the arrival of 'Jurassic World: Dominion', coming to be defined by Colin Trevorrow himself as "the movie I've been waiting to make". It seemed to have everything in its favor and at the moment of truth it has not exactly excited critics or the public. Of course, there are those who have enjoyed it a lot, but the general feeling has been that of a more or less pronounced disappointment.
For my part, the main thing I asked of the film is that it make this Jurassic world real and that most of 'Jurassic World: Dominion' be related to the dinosaurs messing around in open space and with people around them. At the moment of truth, there are barely a few minutes before they bet on insurance again and focus everything on a very specific place that causes a turn almost towards spy movies, but always respecting the usual guidelines of the saga.
I'm getting too far ahead of myself, though, as the movie falls into various vices long before it's fully clear that it's going to be just more of the same. From questionable decisions like playing too much with the idea that velociraptors are both cute and deadly to the fact that the return of the protagonists of 'Jurassic Park' only serves to remind us why all its sequels have not lived up to the entertainment jewel signed by Steven Spielberg in 1993.
The most striking thing is that in this regard there is a very illustrative brief moment in which Ellie (Laura Dern) comments that one never gets used to the existence of dinosaurs and that she continues to be fascinating every time she comes across one of them. That is something that the sequels left aside and this new trilogy only tried to recover in an erroneous way with the mixtures of dinosaurs that seemed to come from the minds of some kids freaking out when choosing which of all of them is the coolest. And all so that later those creations end up being quickly set aside and making it clear that the originals are better.
Jurassic World: Dominion is the final installment of the Jurassic World movie saga, but, as much as it has managed to throw strong nostalgia and reunite some of the most mythical characters of the original franchise on screen, it has not received the expected reception. At least by critics. With expectations through the roof, the film directed by Colin Trevorrow -who repeats behind the scenes after having led the baton of the first film of 2015- premiered on June 9 to burst it at the international box office in its first week and, So far, not even the Pixar movie Light year has managed to snatch that first place.
The public, a lover of the franchise since Steven Spielberg premiered the legendary Jurassic Park in 1993, has once again flocked to the cinema to enjoy this new episode, just as it happened with each and every one of its predecessors. However, although among the viewers we find opinions of all kinds, the latest Jurassic film has not managed to convince the specialized critics at all, which has generally given it quite negative 'reviews'.
The main complaint is that Jurassic World Dominion does not add anything remarkable to the franchise and that its visual grandeur and large doses of CGI are no longer enough to captivate viewers in 2022 with five installments of the Jurassic saga behind them. As much as, as an undeniable differentiating element, the film has brought together the protagonists of Jurassic Park and those of Jurassic World on screen.
In Jurassic World: Dominion, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs coexist with humans and the balance is fragile as fearsome creatures continue to hunt while people remain in the apex of the largest predators on the planet.
The premiere of Lightyear has served little or nothing. Universal Pictures continues to sweep the international box office with Jurassic World: Dominion. The data is being really positive. The third installment of the Jurassic reboot has meant not only the return to the world of dinosaurs, but also the return of Colin Trevorrow to a saga that he revitalized years ago with the first release. Despite the bad reviews received by specialized critics, it seems that the public has welcomed the Jurassic premiere with much more expectation than the studio itself expected. The data speaks for itself.
According to Box Office Mojo on its website, Jurassic World: Dominion has already surpassed 600 million grosses. More specifically, it has reached 622.18 million dollars in its first two weekends. Of that amount, almost 60 percent belongs to the world box office, while the remaining 40 percent is part of the American box office. When you consider that The Batman, a very successful movie, ended its run with 770 million worldwide, the success of Universal Pictures is mind-boggling.
However, it is not necessary to go to the premiere of the latest installment of DC Comics to compare the success or failure of Jurassic World: Dominion. As we said at the beginning, just look at Lightyear's results after its first weekend. The latest Disney Pixar film has grossed $85.6 million in its first days on the road. Very poor data for what the studio is used to and what is normal in animated films. Literally, the public has preferred to see the third installment of the Jurassic dinosaurs than to meet Buzz Lightyear again in a movie theater.
Four years have passed since the last installment; dinosaurs have been integrated into the modern world. Isla Nublar disappeared, but there is a stronghold, owned by the Biosyn company, where most of these animals are found and where Dr. Dogson and his team carry out genetic experiments. They are also looking for Maisie Lockwood, Hammond's granddaughter, who would be a clone.
Colin Trevorrow, co-writer of this trilogy, retells the first Jurassic Park with the same actors (Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum), reprising the role they played 29 years ago. He just swaps the late Hammond, more selfish than evil, for a less lovable villain, Dr. Dogson, in the same role.
In addition, he closes the Jurassic World trilogy, incorporating the plot of its three main characters: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Isabella Sermon. The two teams live parallel plots that only coincide at the end. The movie isn't original at all – we've already seen it all – but it is entertaining, fast-paced, and the special effects just keep getting better. The modern ecolo-pessimistic message can be forgotten or kept to a minimum: beware of uncontrolled and selfish genetic experiments.