Aaannnnd here it is…
First impressions? What excites me most is the scale. A fully operational park full of crowds means interesting opportunities for some serious mayhem on a wide canvas, very different from the more intimate, tightly focused approach of the third installment.
Looks like an interesting balance of new stuff (mosasaurs, nifty ride systems, new characters) alongside old stuff that we’ve come to expect from the franchise (wonder, terror, kids in peril, raptors, and scientists making reeeaaaallllly bad decisions).
Would’ve been nice to see some T. rex, but there’s still plenty in that two-and-a-half minutes to take in.
I wish next summer would hurry up and get here already.
Two films top my list of all-time favorites. Richard Attenborough gave an unforgettable performance in the first, and he directed the second. In both cases, his work was flawless. Absolutely flawless.
I knew his health had declined over the past few years, but that didn’t soften the blow when I heard that he passed away today. He made us all believe in the incredible and the inspiring, and he’ll be missed.
Today‘s Jenna Bush Hager visited the Jurassic World set and talked to the cast. Mostly they discussed Chris Pratt’s abs, but there were also some tantalizing glimpses of what the park is going to look like.
Meanwhile, it looks like AMC has renewed Turn for a second season. As much as I like having some Rev War fare on TV, I’m not a fan of putting a fictional love triangle at the center of the story. I’d much rather see the plot unfold from the circumstances of what the Culper Ring was actually doing. You’d think there would be drama enough involved without manufacturing all these romantic interests for the characters.
And they really need to stop teasing us with the prospect of showing iconic battles without following through. That stunt where one of the main characters was unconscious during Trenton? That was just mean.
Director Colin Trevorrow has responded to the recent Jurassic World leaks, and I’m feeling a lot better. I really think this guy has tremendous respect for the franchise and wants to contribute to it in a way that develops organically out of what’s come before.
Here’s a sample of the interview:
Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.…And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible. It’s the realization of John Hammond’s dream, and I think you’ll want to go there.…
This film picks up twenty-two years after Jurassic Park. When Derek [Connolly] and I sat down to find the movie, we looked at the past two decades and talked about what we’ve seen. Two things came to the surface.
One was that money has been the gasoline in the engine of our biggest mistakes. If there are billions to be made, no one can resist them, even if they know things could end horribly.
The other was that our relationship with technology has become so woven into our daily lives, we’ve become numb to the scientific miracles around us. We take so much for granted.
Those two ideas felt like they could work together. What if, despite previous disasters, they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earth…and what if people were already kind of over it? We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. For us, that image captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. “We’ve seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?” Next year, you’ll see our answer.
In hindsight, it’s highly unfortunate that we didn’t get to see the “super dino” within the context of a story. Instead, it came as an isolated revelation in the form of an Internet leak, and a lot of us JP aficionados (including me) freaked out. Let’s see how it plays out as part of an entire film. Let the filmmakers tell us the story, and then we’ll judge that story as a whole.
So for a couple days a rumor’s been circulating that this happens in Jurassic World (SPOILERS AHEAD, obviously):
Business is good at the park, but the powers that be start to dream up new ways to keep customers coming back; namely by splicing Dino DNA with other dinos (and other species). That becomes the problem. They splice together a T-Rex, raptor, snake, and cuttlefish to create a monstrous new dino that, of course, gets loose and terrorizes the park.
Which is weird, because (as fellow JP aficionados will recall) they tried this idea with the action figure line and it was kind of ridiculous.
Well, today comes confirmation that the rumor was true, and there will indeed be a tyrannosaur-raptor-cuttlefish hybrid in Jurassic World.
Normally I would squeal with girlish delight at the prospect of a movie with a tyrannosaur-raptor-cuttlefish hybrid, but when said movie is an installment in the JP franchise, well…I can’t help but get nervous.
Don’t screw this up, guys. Do NOT screw this up.
I didn’t say it, folks. Gordon Rhea did.
Gordon brought up a popular view of Grant is that he was a slow-moving general who didn’t like to maneuver, would charge wildly and sacrifice huge numbers of men. He said that popular view reminded him of the view of dinosaurs when he was a kid, of a slow, lumbering brontosaurus.…Gordon said that after studying Grant during the Overland Campaign he’s come to think of Grant as the “Velociraptor of the Civil War.” He was a general who could maneuver, who tried to apply thoughtful measures of force and to maneuver to reach a successful conclusion.