Jurassic Journeys: Jurassic World
Today is the official premiere in the United States of Jurassic Park: Fallen World, so today we are exploring the first in the trilogy, Jurassic World. It was directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver. The film followed the events at a functional dinosaur park where a new genetically modified dinosaur causes problems. The film starred Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as park operations manager, Claire Dearing. The film also co-starred Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, B. D. Wong, Jake Johnson, and Irrfan Khan. Jurassic World went on to gross over $500 million in its opening weekend and generated $1.6 billion in box office revenues. It was the second-highest grossing film in 2015 and is currently the highest-grossing film in the franchise.
So, while I don’t believe this movie lives up to the original Jurassic Park, what dino moments still manage to make an impact?
1) “Scary” Introduction
I like to think of this moment as the Jaws moment, and it is one of the moments in this film that I truly enjoy. Claire takes Mr. Masrani to see the newly engineered dinosaur, which is never a good idea. Regardless, though, they are in the glass viewing area when Masrani gets his first sneak peek of the animal. The audience does not get much of a visual, but Masrani’s face says it all. This creature is absolutely terrifying, and when Claire asks the question of whether he thinks it will scare the kids, he appropriately says that it will scare the parents.
For the record, he’s right. It will. It’s a clever way to introduce the frightening aspect of this mostly unseen dinosaur, and withholding a clear look at it makes it all the more frightening psychologically.
2) Owen and the Raptors
Those of you who have been reading these blog posts from week to week might be truly tired of hearing about the raptors, but once again, this is just one of those visuals that stands out. Sure, it is cool when he’s standing far above them and watching them follow his directions. However, there is no cooler moment than him jumping down into the enclosure when the new worker falls into it. We are completely used to raptors tearing people to shreds from the previous three movies, which is what makes this scene have such an immense payoff. Chris Pratt holding up his hands to the raptors, communicating with them, and living to tell the tale is one of the best parts of the movie.
3) The Raptor Ride
I’m not really sure who would actually think that weaponizing raptors was a genius, foolproof idea, but regardless, this is the plot we get in this movie. No matter how I feel about it I do enjoy the visual of Chris Pratt riding his motorcycle among the pack of raptors. The original Jurassic Park made me fascinated with this particular breed of dinosaur, and that fascination means that I love seeing these animals in action. Also, even though I already figured out that the Indominous was part raptor, it provides for a great scene that leads to most of Hoskins’ team finding out just what a terrible idea this was.
Also, extra points for the raptors chasing down Claire and the kids in the truck after this particular scene. Raptors are simultaneously cool and terrifying, and this whole sequence reminds us of that.
4) Final Showdown
What would a Jurassic Park or Jurassic World film be without one giant showdown with the dinosaur that has terrorized everyone for the entire story? Jurassic World really outdoes itself here with the final showdown between not just the Indominous rex and a velociraptor but also with a Tyrannosaurus rex. This is as huge and action filled as this sequence should be with the humans constantly trying to get out of the way. Of course, this movie takes it above and beyond with the Mosasaurus emerging from the water to save the day and take out the Indominous once and for all.
Oh, and can we just talk about how cool the Mosasaurus is? We had never seen aquatic dinosaurs before, so I do appreciate its appearance in the film.
So, what moments stand out from Jurassic World for you? Are you as fascinated by the raptors as we are?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as we wrap up our Jurassic Journeys with a look at the newest installment in the franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.