First reactions mixed in ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

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 global sequel a limited release to show 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 Editor Jazz Tangkai, Senior Editor, praised the film as a “roaringly fun adventure.” Tangcay also stated that dinosaurs were “bigger and better than ever.”

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.”

critic and diverse Contributor Courtney Howard summed up her reaction with “BAD,” noting that “Dominion” represented the worst quality franchise.

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.

Collider Perri Nemiroff made the follow-up, highlighting Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance as one of the film’s highlights.

Insider’s Kirsten Acuna recommends rewatching the original “Jurassic Park” before it was released on “Dominion.”

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.

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