Tonight we went to Cinébistro on a very special date night! 🥰 Finally it was time to see Jurassic World: Dominion. After literally not shutting up about it for months on end, the big night finally came! I got treated to a really wonderful meal, the seating was super comfortable, the screen was huge… and the movie was all I had hoped for and more!
I brought my T. rex, Frijol, with me, and had my usual Jurassic getup (shirt and backpack, and a triceratops baby necklace):
He was excited, too! 🦖👑
I will say that as far as this film was concerned, my expectations were modest, and my desires simple: I wanted awesome dinosaurs to fill the screen and alternatively rampage things, be awe-inspiring, be cute, be conniving, and/or be loud, or a combination of all of these things.
I wanted to see the old beloved cast (hello Jeff Goldblum, boy did you age well 🤤👌) interact with the new cast, which really grew on me over the years. I wanted to see Blue’s baby, Beta, be adorable. I wanted to stifle a scream each time I recognized a favorite dino. I wanted a movie I’ll want to rewatch. Suffice to say, I got all of that!
The following picture was, of course, taken before the movie started and before we got our food –this was the pre-show and I put my phone away when the trailers started.
NOTE: After the photo, there will be a cut (unless you’re reading this in email form, I think). After the cut will be my thoughts on the movie, which WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. You have been warned!
✨🦖 My Thoughts On Jurassic World: Dominion 🦖✨
Ok… First of all, Jurassic World: Dominion was SO cool!! ✨ 😭✨ I say this even though I can also confidently say that I thought the movie was pretty dumb. In a fun, “screw making sense” way. As others have said on Twitter, if you are expecting the magic of the original Jurassic Park you won’t really find that here. This won’t leave you awed in the way that movie did. It doesn’t have that same magic. But is it even supposed to?
Did any of the Jurassic World movies have that magic? To me, the answer is a resounding NO. That is not to say it doesn’t have moments that have a magic on their own. I still melt at scenes like these, I don’t care about how unrealistic they are:
How many a child’s dream would have been to have a (sort of) friendship with a killer dinosaur the way Owen has with Blue? Come on. I’ll live vicariously through Owen any day.
Or like, Blue’s tear when she is in pain, having the bullet removed in Fallen Kingdom. That was ridiculous (it’s a raptor!!) but it still got to me. Or when the Indoraptor plays dead but you see it show that little devilish “smile”. That was also dumb, WAY too anthropomorphized, but I loved it, it was hilarious. To me, these are JW things, not JP things.
Anyway we got Owen being all manly-man with dinos, but also a softie, and I’ll always take more of that… I know this is an unpopular take but I really like Owen…
As far as I’m concerned, Jurassic World is its own thing. It is NOT Jurassic Park, and I very much love it for what it is, and what it is trying to be. I think it succeeds at these things. What it promised in the first movie I felt it delivered with this ending. I also felt Jurassic World just starts off generally requiring a lot of suspension of disbelief and this gets progressively more pronounced as the trilogy goes. But in a “it’s dinosaurs, let’s have fun with them” sort of way. I mean…
In no way is this ending to the trilogy believable. But if you liked the first two Jurassic World movies and if you like the cast of those movies as much as I do, I think you’ll be happy with this film. In fact, I liked Dominion more than Fallen Kingdom. I LOVED seeing the old cast interact with the new!
I felt that Dr. Wu should have had more screentime (and he really needs a figurine… or five) but I liked that they sort of redeemed his character here (not that he ever was a total bad guy). I loved watching the dynamic between Owen and Claire, I always enjoy it, and now as they Maisie as their daughter, I enjoyed that dynamic as well.
Boy did Maisie become a little s**t in her teens lol, but I think that role is played quite well, also, and makes sense. I wished she hadn’t left Beta behind after freeing her (that seemed really odd to me). But all’s well that ends well.
Also, if you are bug-squeamish, you’re gonna have a fun time. Haha. 🦗
One of my favorite characters in this film was the cargo pilot, Kayla Watts. She was so cool, her plane was so cool, I really hope a future movie has her in a primary role.
Speaking of Kayla and her plane, the aftermath of its crash was to me one of the most ludicrous parts of the film. How could they not have had a SINGLE scratch?! Please. 😂 But I didn’t mind because then Pyroraptor showed up and I was literally bouncing in my seat from excitement!!
So, about Giganotosaurus. This dino just felt shoehorned in. I guess they always need a dino “baddie” but… he didn’t do much? His death was pretty insulting. But it gave Rexy a moment to shine, so I’ll take it.
Seeing multiple Carnotaurus (including a little one!) was a big highlight for me. I stifled a scream every time! But dinosaur wise, the most awesome one was Dreadnoughtus for sure. I can’t wait for that figure to be released, and have it as the crown of my Jurassic collection. 👑✨
A final thought (or at least the last one I can think of currently): Maisie’s “eyes on me” was super cringy, but also adorable, and I loved it, haha. Please let Maisie also be a big(ger) character in some future film.
There’s so much about this franchise that I love, and a lot of it came together in this film. I know this is supposedly the end of this storyline, but I doubt it’s the end of the Jurassic “World” and I really, really can’t see what’s next!