If you have been on the internet lately, you may have already heard how ‘bad’ Jurassic World Dominion is. From a ‘snoozefest’ to a ‘franchise-massacre’ and ‘stodgy’, the movie has been adorned with a lot of negative reviews in its crown. Jurassic World Dominion is certainly a very polarizing film. But it is nowhere near as bad as social media and the reviews claim it to be. We had a chance to watch the film and for once, we could confirm that the reviews do not do it justice. Will Jurassic World Dominion win awards? Well, to be frank – no. Is it a waste of your time?? Hell no!!!
Here’s why we think Jurassic World Dominion should be given a bit more credit.
Jurassic World Dominion Tries To Picture A World Where Dinosaurs Run Free
It was every geek’s wet dream come true. Dinosaur DNA encased in amber being cloned and replicated en masse to bring back those ancient extinct beasts. Now that’s everyone’s wildest fantasy. In 1993, when Steven Spielberg first introduced us to the idea, we all wanted it to happen in real life. Imagine a world where Pterodactyls fly side by side a Boeing 747 or a Brachiosaurus and a Giraffe grazing in the African Savannahs.
Jurassic World Dominion gave us that and much more. It imagined a world, or at least tried to paint one, where dinosaurs have become a part of daily life. But the buck does not stop there. There are evil entities out there that now run a lucrative dinosaur black market. You can buy military trained Atrociraptors that are perfect killing machines. You can watch illegal Dino vs. Dino battles and even eat dino meat if you have the money for it. The problem with the dinosaur black market is so severe that the CIA was forced to create a ‘Dangerous Species Division’.
It Tries To Be More Than Dinosaurs
The term ‘Jurassic’, thanks to Hollywood, is now closely associated with the dinosaurs. But technically that is not true. The Jurassic period had a diverse range of fauna. Insectoid species for example, were in ample amounts in during this period. The giant locusts that were the prima facie of the Jurassic World Dominion storyline, are clearly inspired by ancient Jurassic era species that thrived back then.
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But it is not just the species part where Jurassic World Dominion tries to be different. It is the approach as well. The previous Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies were all about theme parks and projects that went haywire. But Dominion takes things to the global stage. Owen and Claire go on a globe-trotting adventure from the wild streets of Matla to the pristine Dolomite mountains in Italy. The theme of the movie is not how Dinosaurs are taking over the world. It’s how humans are getting scarily close to exploiting genetic power and create a mass extinction level event.
It Plays Well On Nostalgia But Doesn’t Rely On It Too Much
Considering Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern were coming back, the movie could have easily banked on the nostalgia factor to make the threequel a success. There were a lot of millennials and baby boomers who have fond memories of the trio in those 90’s dinosaur films. But the movie balanced out the old gang and the new gang very well. Owen, Claire, and Kayla meet Alan Grant, Ian Malcolm, and Ellie Sattler. Sure there are some quirky convos and fans get to relive some iconic moments from the 90’s, but overall it fells like a fresh new direction. The movie does a good job at playing both sides and is professional enough to have a good story rather than focus on nostalgia unlike most of the revival movies do in Hollywood.
Does it mean Jurassic World is a movie worthy enough to be winning awards left, right, and centre? All those points, why are we making them? It’s just that today’s movie fan-base has become so accustomed to trolling a movie if it does not fit their ideal version of what a franchise revival should be like. Instead of living in the past, the movie allows us to open a door to a future where the Jurassic franchise can move past the ‘dinosaurs on loose in theme park frenzy’ archetype.
The movie does have its flaws and glaring plot holes at some places. But hey which movie doesn’t nowadays!! Jurassic World is actually a solid popcorn flick. And it does what it was supposed to do – keep us entertained. Just because something is different than you imagined doesn’t mean it automatically sucks.
Give it a whirl. It won’t bite. (Probably)