Jurassic World: Dominion is a two and half-hour movie jam-packed with nostalgia, adventure, and more dinosaurs than you can count!

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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Jurassic World: Dominion

Jurassic World: Dominion starring Chris Pratt, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and many others, puts the 30-year-old legacy to an end!

Much like the world that we live in currently where we have to adjust and co-exist with a dangerous pandemic, the people residing in the Jurassic world too have to co-exist with deadly dinosaurs and tread lightly at every step. Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth and last installment of the Jurassic franchise which began three decades ago and has been a part of our childhood. After MCU’s Spiderman: No way Home, which brought together the three spidermen of three different generations and went on to become one of the biggest movies ever seen, in the same way, Jurassic World: Dominion too picks up on the trend and intertwines the original characters from the Jurassic Park movies with the already existing ones, enough to make one teary-eyed and hit all the nostalgic spots. 

The story is about what happens after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom where after the fall of the ‘Isla Nublar’ compound for dinosaurs, humans are just expected to live around them while they roam about in the wild. Jurassic World: Dominion begins a few years after the destruction where Owen (Chris Pratt) feels like a dinosaur whisperer who has a cowboy-esque feel when he literally chases dinosaurs on a horse! He's living with the love of his life, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and the two have become adoptive parents to Maisie (Isabella Sermon), the cloned child of Sir Benjamin Lockwood’s daughter. Sir Benjamin, played by James Cromwell, is the former business partner of Jurassic Park OG, John Hammond played by Richard Attenborough.

An evil corporate firm, Biosyn births a new creepy locust that feels like an amalgamation of an insect and dinosaur, and is designed to eat the crops of all the independent farmers who refuse to buy the Biosyn seeds. With the whole ecosystem on the verge of collapsing is when the Jurassic Park frenemies come back into the picture. Ellie Settler (Laura Dern) reunites with Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and the two head to Biosyn HQ and complete their nostalgic trio with Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) who helps them get in-house information on what’s going on. As clearly seen in the trailer, another vicious thing that Biosyn is responsible for is kidnapping Maisie. So it’s a given that Owen and Claire, who love her to death, are going to embark on a very life-threatening journey to get her back. How all the characters team up together to restore the world back in place is what the movie revolves around.

Written and directed by Colin Trevorrow, the complicated plot felt way too dragged, especially since it was two and a half hours long at a time when people have such short attention spans. Having said that, all the scenes where Owen or Claire managed to escape the dinosaurs kept me on the edge and were absolutely worthy of all the applause. The exemplary background music on top of that makes it look even more heroic. There have been so many popular movies in the past like Thor and Star Wars where we were introduced to some really interesting supporting characters like Loki or Princess Leia who’ve stolen the show. In this film, Kayla Watts, played by DeWanda Wise really stood out for me. A tough and cynical cargo pilot who saves Owen and his family multiple times throughout the movie. Honestly, I feel her character deserves a spin-off movie of her own.

A soulful cinematic experience is what we all expect especially with fantasy movies and John Schwartzman, the cinematographer of the film delivers well. In a scene where the frame is divided between an underwater Claire and the dinosaur standing right above her head peeping into the water gave me goosebumps. VFX is what truly sticks with me by the end of the movie. While the grandeur and authenticity of the dinosaurs made me feel like they were actually right in front of me and the silhouettes of the dinosaurs walking in the lake reminded me of the title track in Lion King, the gore sounds when the dinosaurs scream became a bit too scary to handle in this one. 

The ending is a rather dramatic one, makes you realize two things - the world and all its living things will always find a way to survive no matter what’s thrown at them, and much like the end of other popular franchises like the Harry Potter series or the Game of Thrones series, the Jurassic era, too, has come to its last chapter!

Jurassic World: Dominion is screening in theatres near you!

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