Jurassic World Dominion Left Steven Spielberg Feeling ‘Very Moved,’ Colin Trevorrow Reveals

Director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has seen Jurassic World Dominion — and he found it rather moving. During an interview with Indiewire, Trevorrow revealed how Spielberg responded to seeing the Jurassic Park franchise come to an end (at least for now) all these years later.

“He has seen it, and he’s very moved by the presence of these characters in this moment, not just after all of these years, but at this moment in our history. I think he always knew that I really hoped to justify why these sequels existed in the first place, and I hope that I’ve done that for him and for the audience.”

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who has written the screenplay with Emily Carmichael and based on a story by Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly, Jurassic World Dominion picks up four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world.

This substantial change in the balance between humanity and dinosaurs brings the new and the legacy heroes together for the first time. Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively, with Jurassic Park legends Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill returning as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Ian Malcolm, and Dr. Alan Grant. The film was a comeback that understandably left Steven Spielberg feeling emotional.

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Jurassic World Dominion has been confirmed to be the culmination of the entire Jurassic franchise, which began back in 1993 with Steven Spielberg’s cinematic classic Jurassic Park. Trevorrow revealed that it was Spielberg himself who asked the Jurassic World director to return for the highly anticipated finale.

“It is true, it was a conversation that we had early on. It’s not the reason I did it. I did it because I really wanted to tell the end of this story. I feel honored to have been asked in the first place, but if the person who gave you the opportunity asks, you tend to say yes.”

Critics Have Not Taken So Kindly to the End of the Jurassic Franchise

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While Steven Spielberg may have been moved by the events of Jurassic World Dominion, critics have not taken so kindly to the franchise’s conclusion. The sequel currently sits at a rotten 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Joshua Rothkopf of Entertainment Weekly saying, “Even with the original cast on board, there’s surprisingly little chemistry or humor, and the movie makes repeated pit stops to stress family values.”

Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair says that Jurassic World Dominion “mostly seeks to drag us along for its indulgent 150-minute run in the hopes that it will exhaust us into thinking we’ve been served a rich, satisfying meal.” While The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney concludes his reaction saying, “Larger, louder, more laborious.”

Jurassic World Dominion was released in theaters on June 10, 2022, and, despite its negative critical response, has been hugely popular with audiences, grossing $392 million worldwide and thus becoming the eighth highest-grossing movie of the year so far.