The North American premiere of “Jurassic World: Dominion” has officially wrapped up in Los Angeles and first reactions to the dinosaur-centric sequel are streaming online, with entertainment writers describing everything to follow from good nostalgia hits to downright bad. As with most sequels in the “Jurassic” series, “Dominion” is met with mixed reactions.
Universal labeled “Dominion” as the end of the franchise, organizing a tour around “Jurassic” stars old and new. The film stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the original 1993 Steven Spielberg movie. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return after starring in 2015’s Jurassic World and 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, while joining Also new to the series are DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie to the new cast.
Dominion rebounds after the events of Fallen Kingdom, where dinosaurs now roam the Earth and force the human race to closely guard their position as the planet’s top predator. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow returns to lead the series finale.
Although “Jurassic World: Dominion” doesn’t hit North American theaters until Friday, Universal has already given the sequel a limited global release in 15 international markets. The Next Part grossed $55.4 million at the international box office over the weekend, with its biggest debut in Mexico and Korea.
diverse Senior Craft Editor Jaz Tangkai praised the film as a “roaringly fun adventure”. Tangcay also stated that dinosaurs were “bigger and better than ever.”
# jurassic It is a fun and interesting adventure. Dinosaurs are bigger and better than ever. It’s a non-stop dinosaur action. And the return of Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill sparked nostalgia points. I just love them. pic.twitter.com/Z7kvy3SkpO
– Jazz Tangkai 7 June 2022
diverse Senior awards editor Clayton Davis called the film “nostalgia,” while masking his exact opinion of the sequel under his preconceived conclusion that “this is going to make a lot of money.”
Let’s be clear…it doesn’t matter what I say #rule of the jurassic world – You’ll make a lot of money. It defies logic. It’s a movie where things happen and people know things “because” – smoke a rug, get drunk and have the time of your life. Craving for increased speed. pic.twitter.com/eD7hViPYSd
– Clayton Davis – Stand With 🇺🇦 (ByClaytonDavis) 7 June 2022
critic and diverse Contributor Courtney Howard summed up her reaction with “BAD,” noting that “Dominion” represented the worst quality franchise.
#rule of the jurassic world = bad. He ignores the premise he should have had from the start and instead engineer 2 completely different, uninteresting, empty stories he struggles to connect with. Some effects look polished, some are ruby. Worst franchise. pic.twitter.com/0xbyUR6O9d
– Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) 7 June 2022
Ian Sandwell of Digital Spy called the film “a disappointing ending,” though it highlights the reunion of the characters Neil, Dern and Goldblum as a strength of the film.
Delivers the scene you’d expect, but #rule of the jurassic world He is frustrated for an epilogue as he is walking on familiar ground. It’s great to see the OG trio and their thread is the strongest, even if it inadvertently highlights just how delicate JW’s characters are by comparison. pic.twitter.com/IT2yXfhMFY
– Ian Sandwell (@ian_sandwell) 7 June 2022
Collider Perri Nemiroff made the follow-up, highlighting Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance as one of the film’s highlights.
#rule of the jurassic world An excellent blend of practical and digital effects. Dinos look great. Dimetrodon scene…up my alley. Bryce Dallas Howard escapes with the movie — and a new trilogy for that matter. Claire tests a single bow skeleton and Howard flies with it. pic.twitter.com/5qWYkddi9e
– Perry Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) 7 June 2022
Insider’s Kirsten Acuna recommends rewatching the original “Jurassic Park” before it rolls out in “Dominion.”
#rule of the jurassic world He’s at his best when the old and new actors are together. Fans of the franchise should enjoy this. Lots of nods to the OG. I recommend giving that a close rewatch. pic.twitter.com/WfRSqzsM81
– Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) 7 June 2022
Gizmodo and io9 reporter German Lussier described the film as “overly indulgent and pointless,” with dinosaurs serving little more than “window decoration” to some lackluster plot lines.
Really, the Jurassic World Sovereignty is bad. Very bad. They’re too long, too repetitive, and dinosaurs decorate the windows for multiple monotonous and irrelevant stories. The actors are doing their best but it’s all just over-indulgent and pointless. One, if not worse, in the franchise.
– GermainLussier 7 June 2022
See more reactions to the ‘Jurassic’ finale below:
#rule of the jurassic world is very terrible. It’s like a set of hotshots being brainstormed about in a dinosaur-themed amusement park and made into a movie. Bugs are more prominent than dinosaurs. Disruption on all fronts with bankrupt morals. Save your hard-earned. 🤦🏻♀️
– Tomris Laffly 7 June 2022
Intuitive reaction after exiting #rule of the jurassic world Is this the worst movie I’ve ever loved in a series? It’s too long, the action sequences are downright ugly, and overall pretty bloated. Then again, you smiled to the beats of nostalgia and baby dinos like that too? pic.twitter.com/BA1J4uFOMD
– Matt Donato (@DoNatoBomb) 7 June 2022
good news: #rule of the jurassic world This is my favorite movie of the New Jurassic Trilogy. It’s stuffed with exciting dinosaur encounters and more Jeff Goldblum, but it also has a great balance of creepy and imaginative scenarios with a few optional nods to what came before. Solid conclusion. pic.twitter.com/G6bMCDUecL
Eric Davis (@ErikDavis) 7 June 2022
I am not happy to report it #rule of the jurassic world Big disappointment. While the movie does feature some amazing dinosaur sequences and it’s great to see the original cast once again on the big screen, the movie fails to deliver on what the previous movies promised. pic.twitter.com/AsGoqMsrSf
– Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) 7 June 2022
Honestly, I’m still just rooting for dinosaurs. #rule of the jurassic world
– Daniel Turciano (@danielletbd) 7 June 2022