Jurassic World Dominion: the dinos are spectacular, but there are inconsistencies in the story
It smells like extinction for the dinos of Jurassic World. And no one will complain, as this last part of the saga sins by its inconsistencies and its absence of surprise effects.
Four years after the dramatic events on Isla Nublar, prehistoric animals have conquered the whole planet and are now part of the daily life of humanity. Of course, cohabitation with carnivores is not without risk, but scientists are convinced that they can find cures for many human diseases thanks to dinosaurs.
All in all, it’s going pretty well. The raptors prefer the taste of rabbit to that of humans, no one seems to mind the presence of pterodactyls and the brontosaurs walk through the sawmills quietly, without spilling anything. The biggest problem, ultimately, comes from giant grasshoppers, which could devour all agricultural production in a few months if they continue to proliferate at such a rate.
To please the nostalgic, Colin Trevorrow brings back the original trio of Jurassic Park, namely paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and the champion of chaos theory, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). It is up to them to investigate the actions of the company BioSyn, headed by Lewis Dodgson, a kind of Steve Jobs of genetics. But, history that one remains in the universe of Jurassic Worlda parallel plot leads Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to move heaven and earth to find their adopted daughter, Maisie, kidnapped along with a baby raptor by wildlife traffickers.
Without revealing the (rare) springs of the plot, we never shudder for the heroes, yet confronted with the worst killer creatures in the universe: just give the stop sign with your hand and the sharp-toothed killers stop systematically. The special effects are very beautiful, the critters of an impressive savagery and endurance, but the strings of the scenario are so enormous and the rescues so implausible that one follows it with a distracted eye. Worse, very regularly, the evolution of history defies all logic and pours into anything big.
So we have to be content with clashes between a T-Rex and a Giganotosaurus, for example, the return of a Dilophosaurus (rather cute as long as its collar does not open) or the appearance of monsters covered with feathers apparently invincible but all kind enough to stay in the Dolomites. On this side, the show is guaranteed, even if it is no longer as magical as during the first Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg, in 1993. But for the rest, it smacks of overheating and the absence of ideas, all stuck in a humanist message of the highest ridiculousness, on living together between humans and dinosaurs. It’s not the dinos that had to be resurrected, but a real scriptwriter.
Champagne: a French comedy that does not sparkle
Specialist in documentary films or fictions very focused on nature (Belle and Sébastien, Poly, Give me wings), Nicolas Vanier tries the adventure of a whole new register, comedy. By its most complicated side: the film of friends. A genre for which it is necessary to find a clever balance between the right words, the emotion, the story and the place reserved for each, under penalty of falling into clumsy jokes.
Unfortunately, he never manages to extricate himself from the trap, with characters that are too emblematic (the rich man who looks down on others, the injured friend who becomes cynical, the good man who ends up rebelling, the flighty lesbian, the clan which opposes a newcomer multiplying gaffe on gaffe), a weak intrigue (the best friends in the world meet for a weekend in Champagne and the arrival of a new conquest brings out all the secrets and resentments buried for a long time) , dialogues that ring false and a cast (Elsa Zylberstein, Sylvie Testud, Stéphane De Groodt, François-Xavier Demaison, Eric Elmosnino) led to overacting too often. While all the beautiful people drink small cups, it is the spectator who toasts: this Champagne never sparkle. But definitely deserves a bubble.