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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Early Reactions Are Mixed

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Early Reactions Are Mixed

The North American premiere of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ has officially wrapped in Los Angeles and early reactions to the dino-centric sequel are pouring in online, with entertainment writers calling the follow-up all a good nostalgia shot. downright bad. As with most sequels in the “Jurassic” series, “Dominion” is met with a mixed response.

Universal positioned “Dominion” as a franchise finale, curating a roundup of “Jurassic” stars old and new. The film reunites Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, all of whom starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return after starring in 2015’s “Jurassic World” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018, while series newcomers DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie also join the cast of the new entry.

“Dominion” picks up after the events of “Fallen Kingdom,” with dinosaurs now roaming the Earth and forcing the human race to tightly guard their position as the planet’s apex predators. “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow returns to direct the series finale.

Although “Jurassic World: Dominion” won’t hit North American theaters until Friday, Universal has already given the sequel a limited global rollout in 15 international markets. The sequel grossed $55.4 million at the international box office over the weekend, with its biggest debuts in Mexico and Korea.

Variety Craftsmen editor Jazz Tangcay praised the film, calling it “a fun, roaring adventure”. Tangcay also said that the dinosaurs “are bigger and better than ever”.

Variety Awards editor Clayton Davis called the film “nostalgia overdrive”, while hiding his exact opinion of the sequel under his anticipated conclusion that “it’s going to make so much money”.

critical and Variety Contributor Courtney Howard summed up her reaction with “BAD”, stating that “Dominion” marks the franchise’s worst quality.

Ian Sandwell of Digital Spy called the film “disappointing for a finale”, although he pointed to bringing together the characters of Neill, Dern and Goldblum as a strength of the film.

Collider’s Perri Nemiroff dug into the follow-up, pointing to Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance as a highlight of the film.

Insider’s Kirsten Acuna recommends revisiting the original “Jurassic Park” before rolling it out for “Dominion.”

Gizmodo and io9 senior reporter Germain Lussier called the film “overly indulgent and unnecessary,” with the dinosaurs serving as little more than “window dressing” for a few lackluster storylines.

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