Sick of the Infinity War trailer after watching it for the millionth time? Universal’s got you covered! The trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the next installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, just dropped yesterday and it’s time to talk about it. Universal has shown multiple teasers for the film, but is it really worth all that teasing? Let’s find out!
So the trailer starts with Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) reunited after a long time. Owen knows she wants to recruit him to rescue the dinosaurs left behind in Isla Nublar, which used to be the location of the now abandoned Jurassic World theme park and is about to undergo a massive volcanic eruption. Owen thinks its dangerous, but Claire ultimately persuades Owen by reminding him that Blue, a velociraptor he trained and also raised, as its revealed in the clip that follows, is still on the island.
We then see Owen, Claire and the rest of the Dinosaur Protection Group on the island and we see dinosaurs like brachiosaurus and pteranodons roaming free and what remains of the theme park. We also see a facility where the rescued dinosaurs are being held, dinosaurs that include a stegosaurus and a T-Rex., which is then followed by Claire and new character, a young scientist played by Justice Smith, being attacked by a Baryonix. While all that is taking place, there’s a hearing going on where someone asks if dinosaurs deserve the same protection as other species, to which Ian Malcolm, portrayed again by Jeff Goldblum, replies “These creatures were here before us. If we’re not careful they’re gonna be here after.
We then see Owen reunited with Blue, but as it moves its head closer to Owen’s hand, Blue suddenly roars, which makes us doubt that Blue and Owen still have the same relationship. Then a volcano explodes and we see Owen running from the volcanic ash and shouting “Run!” at Claire and the young scientist. Only he’s not running from the ash. He’s running from a huge dinosaur stampede that includes brachiosaurus, triceratops, pteranodons, stegosaurus, ankylosaurus, and gallimimus. They take shelter from the stampede behind an old Gyrosphere when they’re suddenly attacked by a Carnotaurus, but then it gets chowed down by a T-Rex, which then proceeds to roar.
Then we see Claire and the young scientist fleeing from the eruption in the Gyrosphere, with Owen and all the dinosaurs running on foot, which ends with the Gyrosphere falling in the water. The scenes are accompanied by Ian Malcolm’s iconic speech from Jurassic Park: “Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free. Life finds a way.”
Like I previously mentioned, Universal had many teasers for this trailer. They showed the stampede scene, they showed a scene with Owen and a T-Rex in Jimmy Kimmel, they showed a brief behind-the scenes look at the film, with some scenes that weren’t in the trailer. They were pretty great, especially the teaser with Zack King, which was hilarious. As, for the trailer, it’s… good. Not mind-blowingly great but not bad either.
Starting with what I like is the dinosaurs. We get our standard Jurassic Park scenes like dinosaurs roaming free, human and dinosaur bonding, people being attacked by dinosaurs, dinosaurs getting attacked by dinosaurs and all that stuff. But the stampede scene is truly something to behold. Seeing so many dinosaurs of so many different species running from a volcanic eruption is like every Jurassic Park fan’s dream come true. And I like the premise involving the dinosaurs. Instead of surviving a dinosaur attack or facing off some bad guy who wants to make money out of the dinosaurs, our characters go on a quest to save this wonderful and rare species from extinction, a quest I think is pretty noble.
We see Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady returning. Just seeing Chris Pratt is awesome, especially in these films, because he represents the kid inside us geeking out over these amazing creatures we call dinosaurs. And I’m interested to see how Owen’s relationship with Blue and the raptor pack evolves. Jeff Goldblum is back as ominous as ever. Hearing his “life finds a way” really took me back to that first film, though I couldn’t help but notice that it was missing a few “ah, ah”s. And no kids are in sight in this trailer and I’m glad. As much as like seeing kids in these films, since they make the kids watching feel like they’re part of the action and contribute for some scary and tense scenes of them surviving a dinosaur attack, they’re often distracting and don’t contribute much to the plot.
And last but not least, the classic John Williams Jurassic Park score, which is turned from cheerful and wondrous to tense and alarming and I love it. It really fits the tone of the film.
Now for the downsides. Like I said before, we get some standard Jurassic Park scenes and dialogue. We pretty much get what we expect which other works for or against the trailer, depending on each viewer. And there’s one scene that I love/hate which was the carnotaurus scene. Dinosaur was one of my favorite Disney films growing up and tehy made carnotaurus such an intimidating threat and I’ll never forget the carnotaurus reveal at the beginning of the film. So I was pretty excited when the carnotaurus appeared on the trailer. But then, like I previously mentioned, a T-Rex suddenly attacks the carnotaurus and then randomly roars like they usually do in these films, not that I’m complaining. As cool as it is to see the T-Rex and see them roar, we’ve seen that so many times in this film, and I was really interested in what they were going to do with the carnotaurus. Maybe we’ll see more of them in the film, and I hope so. And they say in the behind-the-scenes clip that the film has more animatronics than the previous film, but they don’t show that many animatronics on the trailer.
There’s also the fact, that this film is basically a disaster film with dinosaurs. It isn’t necessarily bad, but as much as we praise classic disaster films like Titanic, disaster films have had a really bad reputation with films like Twister, The Day after Tomorrow, 2012 and, most recently, Geostorm. But it can work, as long as the characters are relatable and the threat is credible.
Overall, the trailer got me mildly excited for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It didn’t blow me away and it gave me some concerns, but it also delivered on some the things I like about the Jurassic Park franchise. It doesn’t seem like my hype for the film is going to be extincted any time soon.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth installment on the Jurassic Park franchise and is directed J. A. Bayona and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connoly, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer. It is set to release on June 7, 2018, on the UK, and on June 22, 2018, on the USA.
Written by: Miguel Coelho
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