ByPeter Flynn, writer at
An advocate for understanding the phenomenological wonder of the moving image. Also Tremors is the best.
Peter Flynn

I love Jeff Goldblum's role in the first Jurassic Park. He's so clearly there as Steven Spielberg's insert that it doesn't even matter if it makes sense. His whole character is based on him warning John Hammond that his park will end in disaster because "life finds a away", and then through no effort of his own, getting proven right.

Sure, it turns out that the dinosaurs can breed, but the whole reason anything goes wrong is because stupid Dennis Nedry shuts down the park's security in an attempt at corporate espionage. Sadly, that wouldn't have the same ring to it in this amazing scene.

You read what others had done, and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you... you patented it, and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to convey Jeff Goldblum smacking the table for emphasis, but I wish I could. Despite getting all the way through the original Jurassic Park with a smug "told you so" attitude, Jeff Goldblum's Ian Malcolm may finally be proven right, with the release of Jurassic World.

"You stood on the shoulders of geniuses..."

How does this still look amazing after 20 years?
How does this still look amazing after 20 years?

Giant gaps between new instalments of a beloved series are usually a seal of quality, for it often means the magic of the original is hard to bottle and replicate. Jurassic Park sequels have been few and far between, for any attempt to capture that initial sense of wonder when we first saw those brachiosauruses has usually been sneered out of theatres and the public consciousness. Jurassic World has let the brand simmer for over ten years, but this means it isn't adding adding to an established series, just benefitting from one.

Steven Spielberg in the role of executive producer is the only relic of the technological phenomenon that was Jurassic Park. It being so long since then, Jurassic World and Colin Trevorrow don't need to reform the Jurassic Park image from the ground up, but just work with it. This film didn't earn any of the Jurassic Park prestige for itself, so it doesn't take any responsibility for it. Sound familiar?

Pictured: Hubris!
Pictured: Hubris!

"To accomplish something as fast as you could"

I've had far more exposure to the production of Jurassic World than I did to the first film. Mostly by, y'know, not being two years old, but also by being on the receiving end of a stream of production details gushing through a hole in the fourth wall. The way the technological prowess of Jurassic World eats away at the magic is summed up in this image alone.

The fact that the composition of entire scenes can be reworked in just a few months on a whim doesn't just break the flawless sheen that surrounds these creatures, but actually boasts that fact. When I see just how flippantly these filmmakers can rework my entire conception of a movie, I'm reminded of John Hammond jovially saying "we have a T-Rex".

Does Jurassic World know this?

Jurassic World seems to take place in an alternate universe where Ian Malcolm's warning never came to fruition, and John Hammond got what he wanted. I would actually love there to be a cameo where Jeff Goldblum walks around the park as a vagrant, hitting trash cans and mumbling "You're selling it! You're selling it!" before security leads him off the premises.


With such a premise, Jurassic World must know what it's doing. It's created a strange meta-narrative where the audience knows what they're seeing has some morbid wrongness to it, unless they didn't see Jurassic Park, the weirdos? It seems billion dollar dinosaur parks are now the norm, and an affront to the natural world is now a super charged, psychopathic (potentially telepathic) dinosaur. Whether Jurassic World will comment on it essentially being Jeff Goldblum's worst nightmare, we'll have to wait till June 12th.

Personally, I'm still with Chris Pratt on this one.

They're dinosaurs. Wow enough!


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