Jurassic World Dominion is the end of this rebooted trilogy. Instead of just tying up loose ends in its trilogy, the movie went back and helped tie up some threads from the originals. While there were too many Easter Eggs scattered throughout to mention, we have put together our five favourite Jurassic Park callbacks to the originals. Moments that would make any child who grew up in the movies feel that same joy all over again.
Jurassic World Dominion – Best Jurassic Park Callbacks
The Dream Team Together Again
One of the most sentimental moments for fans of the Jurassic franchise happens early in the first movie when we see Dr Alan Grant lecturing about velociraptors when Dr Ellie Sattler walks in. It’s strongly implied that they are a couple as there are talks between them about having children etc. It’s then that Dr Hammond recruits them to go to Jurassic Park – an event responsible for spurring on the entire franchise.
Similarly, during Jurassic World Dominion, we see Dr Ellie Sattler again at a dig site looking for Dr Alan Grant, who she finds in a tent that looks remarkably like the camper of the first movie. This time around, it’s not Dr Hammond recruiting them both to Jurassic Park but rather Dr Ellie Sattler recruiting Dr Alan Grant to help her look into the ecological disaster caused by the park, which spurs the events of this movie – an actual full-circle moment.
Hello Again Old Friend
While many believe the dinosaurs to be the villains of the Jurassic franchise, time and time again, the real villains have proven to be people, and Dr. Lewis Dodgson is no exception. However, viewers who believe Dr Lewis Dodgson is a new big bad brought in for the final movie are mistaken.
Dr Lewis Dodgson isn’t a new character at all; instead, he is a character who, while considered minor, has had a significant impact on the franchise. Fans of the original movies might remember Dodgson as the same person from the restaurant in Costa Rica restaurant who met with and handed Nedry the iconic Barbasol can to smuggle dinosaur embryos.
That Damned Can
One of my most vivid memories from Jurassic Park, besides the dinosaurs, is of The Barbasol Can. Viewers will remember that the Barbasol can was used in the movie to hide a temperature-controlled compartment for dinosaur embryos.
However, since the scene where Nedry got spat in the face by a Dilophosauruses and the can dropped into a puddle of mud, the can has been pretty much forgotten. Jurassic World Dominion changes that when we see Dodgson have one in his personal collection.
Take It Off
One of the funniest moments from the movie is a fleeting reference to one of the most memorable scenes from the original Jurassic Park movie. It’s a moment so iconic that it still lives on as memes on the internet some 30 years later. The moment in question was when Jeff Goldblum, as Dr. Ian Malcolm, reclines with his chest bared as his black, unbuttoned shirt drapes to his sides. A sex symbol scene if there ever was one.
During Jurassic World Dominion, we once again see Dr. Ian Malcom. He is once again wearing his signature black button-up shirt. In a fleeting moment that calls back to the original, iconic scene, we see that one of Dr. Ian Malcolm’s shirt buttons has come undone during a scuffle with the Giganotosaurus. When it’s pointed out to him, he looks down at his chest before buttoning it back up. A missed opportunity if there ever was one.
A Childhood Image Come To Life
Hands down, one of the single best homages in any movie comes towards Jurassic World Dominion‘s end. There is a moment when we see a classic dinosaur-on-dinosaur battle that could have come straight from the mind of any dinosaur-obsessed child ever. Pit T.Rex against Giganotosaurus; who will win?
During this epic dinosaur brawl, there is a fleeting moment when Therizinosaurus walks into the frame and stands behind a circular sculpture, perfectly composing a live-action version of the “Jurassic Park” logo. Goosebumps.
Jurassic World Dominion is now out in cinemas. Catch up on the latest trailer below.