September 26, 2022
'Jurassic World: Dominion' Review: Frantic Dino-Sequel Chomps More Than It Can Chew

I was in a toy store the other day and I saw a toy for tiny tots: a cutesy dinosaur with a Jurassic Park sticker on it. It struck me that the kids the toy is aimed at probably weren’t born when the last Jurassic World film was released, let alone when Stephen Spielberg’s original ’90s classic came out. This is Jurassic World: Dominion — a familiar logo slapped on a toy that makes no sense at all.

Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters Friday, June 10. It’s the sixth and final film in the franchise (for now) and unites the stars of the original movies — Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum — with the stars of the more recent Jurassic World films: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and, er, some other people. It should be the culmination of a series that’s delighted fans and inspired interest in dinosaurs for decades.

And sure, this hyperactive, overstuffed widescreen blockbuster is certainly a T. rex-size bucket of popcorn. But if you’re emotionally invested in these characters, this world of dinosaurs and humans co-existing, then Dominion doesn’t know what to do with you.

The last time we saw the Jurassic World crew was 2018. Fallen Kingdom led to the biggest cliffhanger in the whole franchise, finally fulfilling the threat that’s hovered over the series since the beginning: The dinosaurs are out! That promised a sixth and final Jurass-equel that would be the biggest and most bananas yet. Forget about reality, dinosaurs rule the earth! The gloves are off! Look out, humans!

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