I’m overwhelmed by one theme: sometimes stupidity and magic can exist together. It has a hardcore fanbase behind it willing to stick their legs out and trip you up wherever they see fit, so if you’re going to do an adaptation of the classic movies as well as the more recent Jurassic World, you’d better give it some effort, or not bother at all. It’s arbitrary as it adds very small to character development or tension to their survival. For the first half of “Jurassic World,” the older brother, Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson), spends his spare time awkwardly eyeing female amusement park goers, while his younger brother, Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins), whimpers over their parents’ possible divorce. Universal Orlando and Hollywood both have huge amounts of Jurassic World merchandise in the park, and even have relabeled some areas as “Jurassic World“.
Throughout the film, Owen must repeatedly explain that the park’s dinosaurs are wild animals, not products to be exploited for profit or, in the case of Vic Hoskins – Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, who heads up the park’s security force – living weapons to be militarized.
Along with Wong (who is of Chinese descent) returning, the park in “Jurassic World” is run by a character played by Indian actor Irrfan Khan. Yes, it would have been better with feathers on them, but on the other hand if you ignore that and look at the body proportions and behavior, it’s fairly accurate. This was due in part to a lackluster summer blockbuster lineup. Now, I can imagine kids saying to me, “Chill – it’s only a movie!” The same can be said for movies like Jaws and Alien. The movie is not used merely as a springboard; rather, its particular take on the issues is sought out, revealed, and perhaps endorsed or disputed (or some combination of these). In order to satisfy a jaded audience’s increasing appetite for spectacle, the scientists in the fourth movie in the franchise make a new breed of dinosaur that’s larger and scarier than any that actually existed.
Jurassic World is not sure as to where to place these prehistoric beasts. All they had to do was stick to the plan. At just 93 minutes long including credits, Jurassic Park III barely qualifies as a feature length film and the end of the movie sees our heroes encounter some raptors, speak to them with Grant’s magic raptor mouth and then running onto a beach where they are promptly saved. Most people don’t know the fact that dinosaurs had feathers, so, yes, it’s inaccurate. The effects, some practical and a great many more digital, are fantastic and seamless. Wow, okay movie, what have you got?
At its core, “Jurassic World” is a fantastical monster movie, but it makes a serious statement about animal rights. A sense of awe that I did not get earlier this year from Marvel’s action explosion, Avengers: Age of Ulton.
Speaking of Crichton, production on the movie version of Jurassic Park began in 1989, one year before the novel was even published. I mean, forgive me if the prospects of playing as Jophery Brown (who?) doesn’t quite get my Jurassic jaws a-chompin’. But there’s still something especially magical about seeing dinosaurs and humans occupying the same space in a believable way. If he and his colleagues succeeded, a subsequent theme park would have to be called “Pleistocene Park”.
Author Genevieve Valentine thinks much of the appeal of dinosaurs comes from knowing that their world is so distant from ours, which makes any encounter with them fraught with drama. It’s what creates this interesting conflict within me. “The problem is, though, (the movies) haven’t helped with (research) funding”. It’s not particularly smart and its best stuff is nostalgia driven.
As much as I ridicule my children for staring endlessly at handheld electronics, the fact that anyone can text through a Mosasaurus leaping out of the water to swallow a Great White Shark on a hook is something even I cannot fathom. Is this a sign of things to come as dinosaurs continue to fascinate and inspire? You still have to find a ton of studs if you want to get a special title after each stage (“True Survivor”, for Jurassic World) and have to solve some puzzles and build things along the way to open up paths. I could not believe what I was seeing and I cannot see myself being so joyously confused and amazed simultaneously whilst watching a film again anytime soon.