John Hammond’s dream finally came true under the management of Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). But when hell breaks loose, she needs to ask for the help of a Navy veteran and Velociraptor expert Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) in the much awaited Jurassic Park sequel directed by Colin Trevorrow.
How can you make a great sequel to the greatest blockbuster of all times? Seems you can’t. Fortunately, Jurassic Work had Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver working on the screenplay. The couple revived the Planet of the Apes franchise and made it better than ever. Could they revive Jurassic Park and make it interesting? I thought not, but I am so glad that I was proven wrong. Jurassic World is not only a love letter to Jurassic Park, it also reflects upon the many blockbusters that came after it and the current state of Hollywood cinema that delivers the same film to audiences around the world multiple times and still makes a lot of money.
To begin with, Jurassic World doesn’t even try to pretend to be as good as Jurassic Park. The film says so at the 12th minute of the film, when an employee in the park’s control room wearing a Jurassic Park T-shirt tells Claire: “The first [Jurassic] Park was legit. You know, I have a lot of respect for it. They didn’t need these genetic hybrids, they just needed dinosaurs. Real dinosaurs…” In short, Jurassic Park just needed to show dinosaurs that felt real to be as huge as it was, not computer-generated dinosaurs to make it more scary and huge. That’s the whole message of the film, right here. The film took 12 minutes to prove me wrong. From then on, I was on-board. According to director Colin Trevorrow, the Indominus Rex stands for the consumer and corporate excess. I see it as both the excess of today’s blockbusters and the way audiences keep go and watch them, and undeniably the representation of Jurassic World itself. I was surprised not to see much of the Tyrannosaurus Rex during the film, until one of Claire’s nephews rightfully says “We need more teeth.”
The film took 12 minutes to prove me wrong.
That brings me to my second point: Jurassic World reflects upon the state of Hollywood cinema. Audiences go in masses see films full of CGI but are unimpressed. I steel remember how amazed I was when I watched Jumanji. So much happened since then, computer-generated imagery became so common with films such as Pirates of the Caribbean or Star Wars in the late 90s and early 2000s that audiences, at least I as an audience, can’t help but feel unimpressed today. When Claire’s nephews go see the T-Rex, the film doesn’t even show it to us, instead focusing of one of the nephew looking at his phone and not even paying attention to the dinosaur. That nephew is us, the audience, in front of something so huge and yet we don’t care. The younger nephew wants to see the dinosaur because it is new to him. With that, I see the T-Rex as the representation of Jurassic Park. The blockbuster as it was in the early 90s. Back to “We need more teeth”. In the final standoff of the film, the T-Rex faces the Indominus and wins. In the end, Jurassic Park wins over Jurassic World.
Because it doesn’t matter how much one can try to make a better sequel to Jurassic Park. It is and always will be the one and only. The one that brought us dinosaurs on screen. The one that brought us John Williams’ unforgettable score. The one that pops up in our mind each time we think of dinosaurs of a theme park. That’s what Jurassic World is saying. It won’t try to be Jurassic Park, but it will try to give you a good time. Jurassic World is an incredible film for what it is. Michael Giacchino’s score is phenomenal and uses cues from both Jurassic Park (obviously) and The Lost World. And if you’re not yet convinced, what does the T-Rex break into pieces before facing the Indominus? That’s right… The Spinosaurus.