Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was a film that defined a generation. From a technical stand-point it did things that no other movie at that time was capable of and as result became the inspiration for all future computer generated effects work. Add to that, it was a thrilling and terrifying movie in the most exciting of ways. It was awe inspiring. It was fun! And gosh darn if John Williams main score wasn’t the best thing to hum for years to come. A film experience like Jurassic Park is why we go the movies! The 90’s, where dinosaurs truly ruled!
Now, a couple decades and a few forgettable movie sequels later, we’ve come to a new Jurassic Park movie for a new generation in Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World. You think I was feeling all gushy over 90s nostalgia, wait until you see the films stars and creatives get all sentimental over their parent film. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins talk about the original film, as well as their experiences making a new JP movie, as does director Colin Trevorrow. Spielberg himself has some words as well.
What I love about Spielberg’s JP movies—yes, including The Lost World- is his how rich they are in subtext. Just as nature finds a way in a plot-sense (dinosaurs breaking free, evolving to breed on their own, etc.), nature also finds its way from a character standpoint in regards to Dr. Alan Grant, who’s thrust into the role of surrogate father regardless of his conscious dislike for children. Creation (or procreation) isn’t an act of sheer will but an act of biological necessity. What I am saying is, there was something beyond the superficial. The films weren’t just action thrillers, they were something more.
While the nostalgia runs deep, nostalgia will only take you so far. While I am excited and hopeful for what this film has in store, I have concerns. Namely, the CGI Dinosaurs look terrible compared to the films 20 year old counterpart. That, and I am worried this will be nothing more than spectacle – that it will be missing the themes that made the original movies so great.
We’ll see if history repeats itself when Jurassic World opens on June 12.