Mandatory Movie Battles: ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ vs. ‘Jurassic World’

When Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Jurassic Park hit theaters in 1993, the film quickly became a cultural phenomenon and instant cinematic classic. Ever since then, every single Jurassic World sequel (even Spielberg’s) has failed in one way or another to re-capture the magic of the original. While 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park and 2001’s Jurassic Park III each have their redeemable qualities, the franchise took a turn for the worst with 2015’s Jurassic World.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film was part sequel, part reboot, and ended up being the highest-grossing movie that year. Unfortunately, Jurassic World was also divisive in terms of audience reactions, with some (including this writer) calling it all that is wrong with nostalgia-fueled blockbuster filmmaking. 

Similarly,  the fifth film in the franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom received an even more vitriolic response. Most importantly, it also begged the question: should Jurassic Park even have been a franchise, to begin with? Now that Jurassic World: Dominion has been unleashed upon the public we may have the answer to that question. In this edition of Mandatory Movie Battles, we’re taking a journey back to the Park with a battle between Dominion and Jurassic World. Let’s do this.

Cover Photo: Universal

Ultimately, Jurassic World: Dominion makes a downright bad movie such as Jurassic World look like a masterpiece. Unfortunately for audiences with high expectations, Dominion cuts too many checks that it can’t cash. It’s the type of film that is immensely stupid. However, the biggest sin that the movie commits is that it’s (mostly) boring. Say what you will about a movie like Jurassic World. But at the very minimum, at least that movie delivers on the concept promised by the marketing. The same can’t be said for Dominion.

Overall Winner: Jurassic World