Audiences love to see the dinosaurs fight. It’s a universal truth that dates back over a century of cinematic endeavors – movies like Harry O. Hoyt The lost World in 1925 and Walt Disney Fancy from 1940 to the present day. It’s no surprise, then, that the great franchise-closing juggernaut of a blockbuster that is Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Dominion would feature dinosaur-on-dinosaur action. However, what is surprising is how Jurassic World Dominion copies the work of previous installments of the series, with the climactic battle being a complete recycling of the same climactic battle of Trevorrow’s jurassic world.
The first one jurassic world the movie isn’t exactly known for its originality. Released in the summer of 2015, Trevorrow’s first foray into the Jurassic The franchise benefited greatly from being one of the first modern “legacy sequels” to hit the public. movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Creed would refine the commercial and artistic potential of these legacy sequels later that same year, but jurassic world was the first audience seen, and it was worth its weight in gold. The film’s weaponized nostalgia, outright ignoring the two less-than-well-received previous sequels and modeling itself directly on Spielberg’s original jurassic parkcombined with the rising power of Chris Pratt, led to jurassic world become one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
And it’s not hard to see why. Trevorrow and Co. delivered a fast-paced adventure filled with action and surface-level brilliance that capitalized on audiences’ shared love of dinosaurs and Spielberg’s original film. The branding inherited from the sequel essentially allowed the filmmakers to deliver what was often a beat-for-beat retread of the original. jurassic parkwithout having to officially redo it, allowing them to indulge in the nostalgia and invite the public to do the same. A sequence that sums this up perfectly is the film’s finale, in which the main characters release the T-Rex from its enclosure so that it can battle the film’s antagonist dinosaur hybrid, the Indominus Rex. This results in a climactic battle between the two, in which the T-Rex begins to lose before the Indominus Rex is killed by the surprise attack of the Mosasaurus, an aquatic dinosaur whose predatory presence was established earlier in the game. film.
In all, jurassic worldThe finale was one of the film’s highlights. It was well staged, with Trevorrow and cinematographer John Schwartzman filming the entirety of the park’s main street in sustained, fluid takes, capturing the actors interacting and reacting to the authentic damage that occurred on set. This meant that the dinosaurs were the only CGI elements in the frame, much like jurassic park, and the tactility of the world around them, and their interaction with the main characters, worked pretty well. He also worked on a basic thematic level: nature restoring balance in the form of natural dinosaurs teaming up to eliminate the unnatural hybrid. It was simple, but it worked for the specific story jurassic world was saying. That’s why it becomes a problem when Jurassic World Dominion chooses to recycle this climactic battle without any context or even the simple thematic line to back it up.
jurassic world can be repetitive and too dependent on the original jurassic parkbut Jurassic World Dominion makes jurassic world look downright disciplined by comparison. jurassic world spent its entire runtime reaffirming some fundamental pillars of its storytelling – what Dr. Henry Wu and his scientists were doing with splicing genes to create new dinosaurs was objectively wrong, the original dinosaurs were objectively good, and the ‘Indominus Rex was an evil aiming force. Again, extremely simple, but at least it was clearly defined. Jurassic World Dominion is nothing like this level of clarity.
In Jurassic World Dominion‘s finale, as the main characters attempt to escape, the Giganotosaurus pursues them. The T-Rex intervenes and a battle ensues between the two dinosaurs, which the T-Rex seemingly loses. Then the Therizinosaurus, a long-clawed dinosaur set up earlier in the movie, steps in and helps the T-Rex defeat the Gigantosaurus. This whole climax is shot and staged the same way jurassic worldThe finale was to incorporate shots of the real performers fleeing and interacting with the damage alongside combat. He replaces Therizinosaurus with Mosasaurus and Gigantosaurus in the Indominus Rex position and repeats the exact same beats. Not only is it boring and repetitive to watch, it’s also deeply dissonant with the purported thematic crux of Jurassic World Dominion.
Jurassic World DominionThe ending monologue says the film is about “coexistence”, but the film never shows this to the audience. Despite the central hook of dinosaurs all roaming freely across the globe, the film goes out of its way to separate humans and dinosaurs time and time again, whether by relegating them to national parks or the Biosyn sanctuary. When viewers see dinosaurs and humans interacting, they do anything but peacefully coexist because the film needs conflict to drive its narrative. The finale is perhaps the most powerful example of this dissonance. The Gigantosaurus is not the Indominus Rex. It’s not some gene-spliced hybrid monstrosity – it’s just another dinosaur. So when the T-Rex and Therizinosaurus team up to take him down, it’s not a nature-restoring beat, and it’s certainly not a moment of coexistence. Nor is it the culmination of a narrative or thematic thread, as the film fails to tie the conflict to any semblance of meaning.
The new franchise entry was sold to the public as a bold new step for the franchise that aims to bring the entire series to an unexpected yet satisfying conclusion. But most often, Jurassic World Dominion not only falls back on nostalgia and callbacks, but also on the outright repetition of previous films. jurassic world saw Trevorrow and Co. borrow from Spielberg’s original jurassic parkbut Jurassic World Dominion sees them borrow from themselves at sharply diminishing returns.
To see the first film’s finale being revamped, Jurassic World Dominion is now in theaters.