“That’ll be a first – man and dinosaur all die together.” -Ian Malcolm
The trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the follow up to 2015’s Jurassic World, released last night. Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing return to the prehistoric fray. This time instead of escaping from the dinosaurs, they have to rescue them. Fingers crossed that the execution ends up being better than it sounds.
From the looks of the trailer, this looks like a very original Jurassic movie. The characters from Jurassic World are back to run from more big bad dinos. However, this time Isla Nublar has become an active volcano or something and it seems the island that we all know and love is under threat to explode. Some of the imagery evokes thoughts of the volcanic decimation that said to have wiped out the dinosaurs billions of years ago. The trailer screams of some kind of bastard child of Jurassic Park and Geostorm, but I’m hoping that’s just flare for the trailer and not what the film ends up being.
One of the big draws this movie has is Jeff Glodblum reprising his role as Ian Malcolm, one of the best characters in cinema to emerge from the 90s. In the trailer he is shown to be making a case for the dinosuars, spouting off his famous “life finds a way” line. Hopefully his involvement in the film is more than just garnish in the form of a one off courtroom scene, especially since one of the best things about the original Jurassic Park sequel was him being the main character.
Jurassic World was a fun movie. It was a modernization of the original Jurassic Park movie on a Disney World sized scale. It was a solid entertaining movie that wasn’t quite on par with the originals, but still good enough. It performed well at the box office, so naturally a sequel was inevitable. Fallen Kingdom looks like it is every bit as entertaining as World, but hopefully this original story doesn’t get overwhelmed by the cheesiness that blockbusters tend to lend themselves.
The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow, and Trevorrow penned the script after stepping away from the director’s chair for the follow up to his reboot. At the helm of the film is director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, Penny Dreadful), he has all the promise of making a great blockbuster. He has stated before that he is implementing some of the horror elements that were present in the first movie, and from some of the behind the scenes material the studio has been pushing online it looks like they are going to implement both animatronics and CGI like the original movies.
Fingers crossed this movie lives up to the hype the studio has been pushing up until the trailer. Jurassic World breathed new life into the franchise after as 14 year stretch between films. The franchise really depends on this film, or else Jurassic Park is destined for extinction once again.