It's been a busy past week for the upcoming Jurassic World movie. The picture makes it's premier in just two months time and the publicity and marketing has gone into overdrive with new images and even a full scene being released that gives us a better introduction into the two main characters of Chris Pratt's Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire.
Jurassic World of Controversy
Unfortunately, what could be seen as a relatively tame, dialog heavy clip that features no dinosaurs or special effects has generated a good amount of controversy. The folks at Jurassic World are probably holding on to the old adage that there's no such thing as bad press as people, including Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, have taken to criticize the dynamic between Owen and Claire as being an unpleasant throwback to the casually sexist days of old Hollywood.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow compares their relationship to that of the classic 80s film Romancing the Stone, another movie that was a throwback to the days of old adventure movies from the 40s and 50s that would pit rugged men against uptight women who can't stand them until the odd couple find themselves in each others arms by the end of the story. Jurassic World definitely seems to be following this tried but true model.
But in Entertainment Weekly's Jurassic World preview, another, more feminist friendly icon gets referenced in the description of Claire. While she may start off as a bit of a cold fish, it's said her transformation in the movie is one that resembles Alien's Ellen Ripley. True, it's not great form to criticize a movie on the basis of one out of context clip and even Joss Whedon has backed off and apologized for his Twitter commentary. We'll see if the movie can redeem its so far unflattering characterization of Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire.
Jurassic World Devours Jaws
Meanwhile, there was an very cool poster that has been popping up around the internet that appears to be showing off some of the treats that may be in store for Jurassic World's IMAX 3D experience. It depicts the movie's already famous Mosasaurus making a light snack out of a Great White shark. It does manage to do a fantastic job of giving an even better sense of scale to the massive creature than having it jump up to pluck a dangling shark from a hook. And knowing that Jurassic World is a Steven Spielberg production makes it even more amusing.
One of the big scenes in Jurassic Park is looking like it will be the Gyrosphere ride that Claire's nephews are on when all hell breaks loose at the park. Trevorrow elaborated a bit on the intensity of the scene and it does sound like these two kids are in for a memorable experience.
“There’s a ride at the park that allows you to get into a gyroscopic sphere and be out in the wild with dinosaurs and travel beneath them—and that goes horribly wrong. Imagine being inside a sphere and then suddenly it breaks and you’re rolling like a cat with a ball of yarn.”
That bubble car must be made out of some strong material! Of course it turns out that saving these kids is a big reason behind the transformation of Claire into a kick ass hero or as Bryce Dallas Howard puts it, "Becoming a mother myself, I’ve realized being maternal is being wildly badass.”
Can Jurassic Park Overcome the Bad Buzz?
It's hard out there for a sequel that took close to 15 years in the making. Jurassic Park 3 wasn't the best received sequel but at least it didn't have the problem of instant backlash at every move in the form of Twitter and other social media outlets. But despite the controversy that has risen recently there's no reason to think the movie still won't bring back the Jurassic Park franchise with a vengence.
With two months left to show off more Indominus Rex, T-Rex, visitors running for their lives or being carried off by Pteranodons and Chris Pratt running through the jungle with his Raptor Squad, Jurassic World has plenty of time to make a case for itself. There's more than a good chance that even the skeptics and naysayers like Joss Whedon will be turning out anyway to see what Jurassic World has in store. There may be a competition out there in the superhero department but for rampaging dinosaur goods, [Jurassic World](movie:32752) is the only game in town.