Some Thoughts on Jurassic World

// Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies in the whole wide world, I am compelled to share a few words regarding the imminent release of Jurassic World.

When I first learned that Jurassic World was in the works, I was completely and utterly disgusted. The Lost World was bad enough, and don’t even get my started on Jurassic Park III. Resurrecting this series again seemed only to prove Dr. Ian Malcolm’s sentiments regarding the abuse of power (among other things): “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Clearly, a new JP was being created just because it could be, and the fact that the franchise could still be milked for more cash.

I still think that ticket sales are the motivating factor. However, after watching SyFy all day and seeing about 2 million Jurassic World previews, I am overcome by the last emotion I ever expected to feel: hope. Maybe it’s just the soft piano version of the theme song that is so near and dear to my heart, but the previews convey that fall from grace that ignited my passion for the original, and later completely influenced my literary tastes. Man tampers with nature and then faces the consequences of playing god. I love this concept. I love it about Paradise Lost, and I love it about Frankenstein, but the first time that I recognized it, obsessed over it, and loved it with all of my little adolescent heart was as a bespectacled and permed eight-year-old ogling dinosaurs in a crowded movie theater.

In other words, this movie is sacred to me, and I take personal offense to the many wrongs done to it by way of the existing sequels. I am cautiously optimistic that this will not be the case with Jurassic World. Obviously, the moral will be the same: cloning dinosaurs is bad, so genetically engineering a super-dinosaur will only be that much worse. Again, violating nature has disastrous ramifications. Remember in JP when Malcolm warns Hammond repeatedly of this fact? Many people have pointed out that the two are set up to be in stark opposition to each other. Hammond is dressed entirely in white, pure and naive to what exactly he has unleashed upon the world; Malcolm is adorned exclusively in black, marring John’s dreams with the dark truth. I couldn’t help but notice that Bryce Dallas Howard has been outfitted all in white as well, which I can only imagine relates a parallel in mindset, or at least in personal stylists. But who will be her Ian? I love Chris Pratt as much as the next gal, but it better not be him.

I’m sad that I son’t be able to marvel at the effects and wonder how they did it. CG is too widespread nowadays to be anything but taken for granted. I will sincerely miss Stan Winston’s animatronic wizardry, but I doubt that dinosaur puppets would ever be permitted in a film anymore. Nevertheless, I am hopeful and – dare I say – excited. After all, who doesn’t love a good monster movie? I want to be taken back to my childhood – still bespectacled but minus that god-awful perm – and re-experience that sense of wonder. If not for the effects, at least for the storytelling. Jurassic Park made me appreciate the art of that. Hopefully, Jurassic World is able to do the same.


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