Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Jurassic World Dominion (Universal Pictures, 2022)

What better way to pass a snowy March evening with family and friends than to take in a movie about dinosaurs and errant scientists?*

Frankly, that’s pretty much all I took away from the film. As with previous iterations in this franchise, the entertainment value is in the special effects (which, admittedly, are quite good). The story itself may be most charitably characterized as formulaic.

So what’s the formula? Start with an astounding scientific breakthrough. Make it something that could have massive practical implications. Put it into the hands of a large, faceless corporate entity led by a charismatic yet ostensibly non-threatening genius who, alas, has ulterior motives driven by greed. And someone’s life has be put in danger by the machinations of the evil capitalist.

As far as I can tell, this pretty much describes all of the films produced in this franchise. I suppose it wouldn’t make for a good story to portray entrepreneurs and scientists working together to develop technology that benefits mankind in ways we cannot even now imagine. But wouldn’t it be refreshing change?

*At least it’s better than spending the evening contemplating the impact of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (the largest banking collapse since the 2008 financial crisis and the second-largest ever) on our entrepreneurial clients, many of whom had accounts there….

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