Jurassic World: Dominion: The critics’ reviews are in... and most of them aren’t great

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Life finds a way - and so, apparently, does the Jurassic Park franchise.

The latest instalment in the series, titled Jurassic World: Dominion, will be released later this week, and the critics’ reactions are in.

The film itself is billed as the franchise’s last hurrah, uniting stars from the original 1993 film – Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum – with those from the more recent reboot: aka Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who made their Jurassic debuts in 2015.

In addition, newcomers DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie will also be joining the cast.

Picking up four years after the events of Fallen Kingdom, which, for non-viewers, saw dinosaurs escape Isla Nublar for the rest of Earth. Now, they live alongside humans, but there is a reason that dinosaurs are apex predators: naturally, explosions and danger are on the horizon.

Though the film isn’t yet out in the UK and America yet, it has already been released in some international markets and now the reviews are in -at least, the critics have posted their mini-reviews on Twitter.

Their consensus: if you like nostalgia and blockbusters, this is probably the film for you.

Forbes’ film critic Scott Mendelsen tweeted that the film “becomes redundant in the third (overly long) act, just #JurassicWorldDominion is mostly the right kind of stupid. It’s a laundry list of ‘What haven’t we seen in a JURASSIC movie?’ It looked great on the TCL IMAX and often plays like a ‘Yes, we still can!’ Covid era tentpole.”

Meanwhile, Variety’s senior awards editor, Clayton Davis, called the film “nostalgia on overdrive”, predicting: “it’s going to make so much money. It defies logic. It’s a movie where things just happen and people know things ‘because’”.

Kirsten Acuna, who writes for Insider, thought that “fans of the franchise should enjoy this. Plenty of nods to the OG. I’d recommend giving that a close rewatch.”

However, many reviews were split between positive and negative – Digital Spy’s Movies Editor Ian Sandwell called the film “underwhelming for a finale as it treads familiar ground” but thought it was “lovely to see the OG trio”.

Meanwhile, entertainment journalist Scott Menzel was even more damning, tweeting: “It brings me no joy to report that #JurassicWorldDominion is a MASSIVE disappointment. While the film does feature some incredible dinosaur sequences and it is great to see the original cast back on the big screen, the film fails to deliver on what the previous films promise.”

So: is it worth watching? Only one way to find out: a ticket to the nearest cinema it is.

Jurassic World: Dominion is out in cinemas on June 10

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