Wondering if ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ is too scary for kids? This spoiler-free review of Jurassic World 3 should help you decide.
My family was counting down to see this Universal Pictures film. Mainly because Ty, now 9, has been a dinosaur-loving kid since he was 3. Even though he’s passed on that love to his now 3-year-old sister, we decided to have her sit this one out. And depending on the age and sensitivity of you kids, you might want to do the same.
Jurassic World Dominion is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action, some violence and language. There are quite a few swear words, and we’ll get into the intensity and violence in this review.
My Overall Review of Jurassic World Dominion
The action sequences are fun, and on par with some of the best action scenes in the Jurassic Park franchise. If you love dinosaurs you’ll love this. However, much of the film and even the story veers away from these which is a bit disappointing. The dinosaurs are more of a side, supporting characters that happen to be there in this film vs the main characters we’ve known them as in the past.
The plot (which feels hard to find) is very diluted and misshapen. It takes some of the weaker parts of previous movies to build into this one but it doesn’t come together well. As my son says “the talking human parts were boring.” Much because those talking parts had little or nothing to do with dinosaurs.
Jurassic World Dominion: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Loved seeing Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern back in their classic roles. Some scenes with them together feel a bit cheesy, other parts feel wonderful. We also get introduced to Kayla (DeWanda Wise) who is one of my favorite characters in the movie.
My son loved seeing Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) back in their roles. I loved seeing where they were and the family dynamic they were pulling together in this film though it feels a little short lived and shallow. But many of my favorite scenes surrounded the “Jurassic Park” and the “Jurassic World” teams interacting together in the third act. How we get there is so weird and convoluted, but I was happy to see it happen.
The fan service and callbacks are subtle enough and enjoyable and depending how much of a fan you are, almost make up for the poor plot.
Though I only rate the movie 2 stars I’d absolutely see it again. There’s just enough jump scares and action, and who knows, maybe next time I’d grasp more of the confusing plot. Speaking of jump scares…
Is Jurassic World Dominion Scary for Kids?
Since dinosaurs aren’t the main plot focus of Jurassic World 3, you kind of never know when they’re going to show up. Unlike other films in this franchise, it’s not as though there’s one big dinosaur predator they’re trying to outrun or escape, but multiple interesting-looking dinosaurs that they happen to run into along their journey to do other things. That said, there are several large, frightening-looking dinosaurs in this film. Including some we’ve never seen before. If you have a mini paleontologist on your hands they may be calling out names of them as you watch. Others might be scared of the big teeth and long claws.
As expected in any Jurassic World film, there are people who get eaten, both on and off camera. Most of them are people without speaking parts. There are several close calls for the characters we know and love including our favorite dinosaur characters. Some kids may find that just as or more disturbing.
Though this is a movie my dinosaur-loving preschooler may watch from home on the small screen at some point, Jurassic World Dominion would be quite scary for her to see on the big screen in a dark, loud theater. Even my son points this out in his review.
Is Jurassic World Dominion scary for kids compared to other Jurassic World movies? My kids think it’s the least scary of the bunch and I might agree. Mainly because dinosaurs eating people isn’t the plot. Still, it has its moments.
Here’s what my kids thought.
Jurassic World Dominion Kids Review
What did you think of the movie?
J: I thought it was ok, bad plot but cool dinosaurs.
T: I like it.
What was the funniest part to you?
J: I don’t have one. But there were some funny parts.
T: I don’t know.
Would you recommend it to your friends?
J: If they’ve seen the other ones then yes.
T: If they liked one and two.
What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?
J: I don’t think there was a lesson.
T: Don’t leave your family or else you’ll get kidnapped.
Who was your favorite character?
T: The T-Rex.
Is Jurassic World Dominion ok for kids?
J: Older kids
T: Older kids, and a little bit younger kids but not that much.
Is ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ scary for kids?
J: No, maybe for little kids because there’s a lot of creepy fly type things. I don’t think this one is as scary as the other Jurassic Worlds.
T: No! For young kids I think 3 was the scariest.
Would you want to watch it again?
J: Yea. But I wouldn’t see it in theaters again.
T: I would. Yes.
How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently?
J: I liked Sonic 2 more. I liked Lightyear more than Jurassic World Dominion. I liked the first one the most, Fallen Kingdom the 2nd and this the least.
T: Sonic 2 more. I liked Jurassic World Dominion more than Lightyear. I liked this more than Jurassic World and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom because this has the most dinosaurs.
What was your favorite part?
J: I liked baby blue. Beta.
T: T-rex fighting.
How many stars would you give it?
J: 1.5 out of 5 stars.
T: 4 out of 5 stars
Is it worth going to the movies to see/picking it for movie night/paying $30?
T: Yes! But it’s kind of loud in movie theaters.
Are you planning to see Jurassic World Dominion? Or do you think Jurassic World 3 is scary for your kids?
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