Jurassic World: Dominion is actually pretty good and I’ll gladly be devoured on that hill!

What was one just a poorly conceived theme park has become the new normal as dinosaurs are running wild all over the earth and Claire and Owen raise the little clone girl from the last movie I’d rather not talk about. But when Blue’s baby – who I will now refer to as Raptor Jesus – is kidnapped along with the clone kid, Owen and Claire go on a worldwide quest to bring them back and, along the way, meet the OG Jurassic Park crew.

So, Dominion is actually fun. I fail to see why people hate it. While it’s not a masterpiece and, at times, it can be cringy, the action is tight with the chase through Milan being one of the best Jurassic Park action sequences ever filmed, and the story is just different enough that it doesn’t feel like a pointless retread. Heck, this movie makes the clone twist in the last movie, something that was completely unnecessary and stupid, a deep and meaningful piece of clone girl’s character. I would say that it retroactively makes Fallen Kingdom better, but let’s face it… it doesn’t.

This is a perfectly fine movie which gives the entire cast of characters time to shine. Truth be told, this is one of the better Jurassic Park sequels.

I will admit that I liked the parts of the movie that featured Sam Neil, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum because, in their movies the protagonists were just normal people and not the action stars of Jurassic World. It was more relatable and more scary.

Jurassic World was fun, but it’s hard to identify with an action star who is anything but an everyman.

My biggest hang up with Jurassic World: Dominion is that it didn’t deliver the gloom and doom dystopia of a world where dinosaurs co-exist with humans. Rather than showing the ecological and social nightmare of such a thing, the dinosaurs are presented as a nuisance that is all but controlled by the end of the film. So much for Pandora’s Box, I guess.

Still, as a sequel goes, Dominion is a lot of fun. It’s not deep, it’s not meaningful, and it won’t be remembered as anything that special, but it is fun and I was more than entertained by it.

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