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Jurassic World Dominion

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Jurassic World Dominion

can’t be saved by even Jeff Goldblum

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Every time we act out, we are all surprised! —

Fantastic turns from Goldblum, but the film’s core issues can’t be saved by CGI department.


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<p><a data-height=Enlarge / Jurassic World Dominion, out this week exclusively in theaters, brings the gang back together–but that’s maybe not a good thing.

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How low can you set your expectations for Jurassic World Dominion?

If you can burrow those expectations deep into the earth, perhaps so far that researchers don’t discover them for thousands of years, you may have a good time. Parents looking for a movie for their pre-teen dinosaur enthusiasts will be pleased to know that this is also true for them. The ideal audience for the film agrees with the filmmakers on what is important here: the dinosaurs and not the humans.

This is the kind of film in which a Quetzalcoatlus appears on the horizon, and a character responds by saying its name briskly yet accurately, just before the majestic flying dino emerges in terrifying and detailed fashion. This creature gets better and fuller justification for its actions than pretty much any actor in the film–which might have been fine, had Dominion‘s writers not spent so much time trying, and failing, to stitch its characters’ motivations together.

“Look at you… and look at me…”

My favorite things about this film are easy to list, so I’ll start there.

Impeccably rendered dinosaurs.

Enlarge / Impeccably rendered dinosaurs.

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First, the dinosaurs are great. First, the dinosaurs are great. The film’s budget for ground, air and sea behemoths was well spent. The production team clearly had a lot of fun opening modern paleontology records and expanding series’ dino list beyond the usual suspects. They’re all there, from fast ones to lumbering ones to ones with feathers, and they are used to terrorize humans. These moments are so special that the acting, framing and light-and shadow bounces make it seem like only a few green screens are in use.

Enlarge / “Guess who’s coming to dinner…”

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Second, the best action scenes are nuts. The film’s best action scene, with velociraptors racing dirt bikes and trucks, is my favorite. However, trailers have spoiled the movie’s execution. This is due to the fact that the cinematography emphasizes long shots rather than countless quick cuts, which makes the film’s stunt driving even more impressive.

Bring on the Goldblum.

Enlarge / Bring on the Goldblum.

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And third, Jeff Goldblum is fantastic. Although he is forced to appear in the film with some of the most ridiculous pretenses (which is saying something), Ian Malcolm shines as a self-professed “chaoticist”. What’s more, his contribution has been upgraded from the phoned-in, behind-a-bench narration sequence in the last Jurassic World film. He greets his longtime friend, Goldblum-ian style, in one moment: “Look at me… and then look at me… and then look at you!” It’s the exact tongue-in-cheek attitude that this film needs, and he certainly adds to Dominion‘s watchability whenever he’s in the frame.

Sadly, Goldblum is crowded out of the film often enough for the rest of Dominion‘s disappointing content to come through.

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

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