Movie Review: Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
Synopsis: Four years after dinosaurs escaped confinement and humans were forced to coexist with them, a new threat arises, giant locusts that threaten to destroy the world's food supply. Believing Biosyn Genetics is behind the threat, Ellie Sattler investigates with the help of Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm. Meanwhile, Biosyn locates and takes custody of the cloned Maisie Lockwood and Blue's offspring, Beta, forcing Owen Grady and Claire Dearing into a rescue mission.
Review: As a general rule, I avoid judging movies based on their reviews. So, even though this one had a low score on Rotten Tomatoes, I was still willing to give it a chance. However, since I did have some doubts about it, I waited until I could watch it on one of my movie channels rather than pay extra to see it. My wife and I watched it last night and, overall, I have to say I thought it was a halfway decent movie.
At first, I wasn't overly sure I'd like the part about the giant locusts because this was, after all, a dinosaur movie and I was expecting the film to focus more on that. However, as the movie progressed, I found that part to be much more interesting than expected, partly because it showed just how evil the bad guys were (willing to create a global famine just to increase their profits).
The interaction between the original Jurassic Park characters and the new-generation Jurassic World characters was also more entertaining than expected. I especially liked how the film made it easy to compare and contrast Alan Grant (Neill) and Owen Grady (Pratt) by putting them side-by-side and liked how the film gave them each the same amount of respect.
It was also good to see Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) get a reasonable amount of screen time this time around. My wife and I both felt cheated with the last movie, which made it seem like he'd be a major character in the trailers only to give him a few minutes that had nothing to do with the main plot.
The apex predator battle between T-rex, a Giganotosaurus and a Therizinosaurus was a little predictable, mostly because every Jurassic Park/World movie seems to end with something similar. However, my wife and I still enjoyed it and were even cheering T-rex on. I kind of feel like that's the whole point of watching a movie like this.
Final Opinion: Is it as good as the original Jurassic Park movie? No. But is it as bad as the reviews indicate it is? I didn't think so and, as long as you watch it for the entertainment value and try not to overthink it or compare it to the other movies, I think it is worth watching.
My Grade: B