To hype up next summer’s big release, Universal just posted the 5-minute prologue to Jurassic World: Dominion!
The first look takes us back 65 million years ago, giving fans a peak into the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth and humans weren’t around to build ill-advised theme parks. After showing us our first flashbacks of the prehistoric world (complete with the famous blood-sucking mosquitos that led to Hammond’s park), the perspective shifts to modern day as a T-Rex crashes through a drive-in theater.
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Check out the trailer below!
Jurassic World: Before Dominion
I have to say, this first look left me a bit disappointed. While it’s great to have a look back into pre-history, the wandering perspective doesn’t quite start the movie off with a bang. I actually thought the CGI was pretty underwhelming at times as well, feeling more like a Discovery Channel special than it did a movie. Seeing these creatures in action was neat…but I felt it was really missing the magic and majesty that I loved from the first film.
I know, I know…that’s an impossible task, but I feel like I have to say it nevertheless. The first Jurassic Park movie is one of the greatest films of all time, and was so groundbreaking in its mixture of practical and special effects that even three decades later it still dazzles and amazes viewers. Subsequent films have tried to recapture that magic with varying degrees of success, but I feel like that was somewhat missing here.
Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s just my nostalgia for practical effects, but I do miss feeling like these massive Jurassic World: Dominion creatures lack the weight and real sense of gravity to them. The latter half of this prologue does feel better, when we get a look at the T-Rex intruding on a modern day drive-in, so I remain optimistic!
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
Jurassic World: Dominion releases in theaters June 10th, 2022.
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